TERMS OF REFERENCE
Position : GIS Officer
Program : Terrestrial Program
Reporting to : Conservation Evidence Unit Junior Coordinator
Term : One year, with renewal depending upon performance
Based in : Bogor
BACKGROUND TO THE TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a distinguished history of scientists exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. The Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has significantly grown over the last decades, and contributed substantially to the conservation of biodiversity in Indonesia.
WCS-IP Terrestrial Program currently work in several landscapes in Sumatra and Sulawesi, Rote Island and Mesangat (East Kalimantan) where we aim to protect threatened species and their habitat through working with government agencies, civil society organisations and local communities. In order to achieve our overall goal of saving wildlife and wild places in Indonesia, WCS-IP includes amongst its strategic priorities landscape-level conservation management, support to protected areas (PAs), species conservation actions, and engaging local communities. In order to achieve our overall goal of saving wildlife and wild places, the WCS-IP programs are strongly supported and backed up by field activities that aim to improve the conservation and management of the remaining ecosystems and wildlife habitat.
WCS is now seeking a GIS Officer who is dynamic, well-organized, hard-working, and committed team player to provide key technical support to the WCS’s conservation programs. The GIS Officer will be required to maintain a comprehensive spatial database for the WCS target landscapes, and to provide technical assistance on GIS, and limited assistance on remote-sensing, across the program, and support spatial analyses, such as monitoring land-use change. The GIS Officer will be a part of Conservation Evidence Unit (CEU) and will support in the collection, storage, analysis, mapping, imaging, and communication of geospatial information.The position will be based in Bogor, with regular trips to the field to provide direct technical advice, monitoring and capacity building of field staff.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Establish and maintain a database of GIS and remote-sensing data
- Support the maintenance of a geospatial database containing GIS, remote-sensing and other spatial and non-spatial data for key landscapes where WCS works, including the location of infrastructure or commercial development activities.
- Continually identify, acquire and enrich the database with external spatial data relevant to WCS-IP’s conservation activities.
- Ensure the spatial database is appropriately stored and regularly backed up.
- Provide technical support to the development and maintenance of web database applications and any other database program and functions requiring programming and analysis.
- Provide training, technical assistance and mentorship to programmatic staff regarding all aspects of database development and management, including spatial data compilation, logging, analysis, and access.
- Provide advice on appropriate GIS, spatial analysis and database software, to ensure that the software used is of the appropriate standard.
Prepare maps and undertake spatial analyses including
- Provide GIS support to the WS IP Programs, including development of thematic maps.
- Support the analysis of remote-sensing data (e.g. satellite images) in order to assess land-use and land-use change in the target landscapes.
- Undertake ground-truthing as needed, in conjunction with field staff, in order to verify the maps and spatial analyses produced and to determine levels of accuracy.
- Provide technical inputs on GIS and remote sensing for project monitoring and evaluation.
- Develop high quality maps for reports, presentations and other communication materials.
Engage as a key member of the WCS technical specialist team
- Provide capacity building to field staff to ensure that spatial analysis becomes part of the program analysis in implementing activities.
- Present results to relevant stakeholders at national and site level as needed.
- Assist in the preparation of activity reports by providing datasets and data analysis required by donors and/or stakeholders, in Indonesian or English, written or verbal, as well as submit regular technical reports to the CEU Junior Coordinator.
- Minimum Bachelor Degree (S1) in Geography, Forestry, Landscape Ecology, Environmental
- Excellent practical knowledge on spatial analysis skills, land cover/land use class interpretation, field mapping and GPS use, geo-referencing and registering of satellite imagery, with remote sensing and image processing skills an advantage.
- Able to competently operate GIS software (especially ESRI ArcGIS, ERDAS and freeware GIS) and have some experience with image processing software (such as ENVI/ERMapper and Global Mapper).
- Understand and able to use Global Positioning System and its software.
- Being able to conducting spatial analysis using R Programming Language and Google Earth Engine is an advantage.
- Sufficient knowledge in conducting Species Distribution Modelling is an advantage.
- Highly initiative and able to competently work with little supervision.
- Proficiency in both English and Indonesian languages is preferred.
- Able to work well under pressure, quickly understand project parameters and capable of meeting deadlines on time
- Good interpersonal skills.
- A high interest in wildlife conservation.
Please note that the above TOR constitutes only the main responsibilities and duties of this position. As WCSIP is a flexible organization, staff members are expected to undertake any other tasks that are allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR.
Please send a covering letter and CV in English to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 16 October 2019 stating in the subject line “GIS Officer_(name)”. Please also include a portfolio of your previous work or links to blogs or galleries online.No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified.