GIS RS Technical Adviser, Food, Forests and Water Program

The World Resources Institute’s Africa Forest Team seeks a GIS RS technical advisor to support its efforts to lead multi-sectoral, data-driven, and inclusive land use planning processes and management of natural resources in the Congo Basin, especially focusing in the DRC. WRI’s approach focuses on developing information and decision-support tools as a basis for informing land use planning and allocation of rights to natural resources, as well as supporting multi-stakeholder processes to put in place the necessary legal and institutional framework for land use planning and allocation of natural resources. Among the overall objectives is to support achieving national and sub-national development priorities while also prioritizing forest protection, biodiversity conservation and respect of customary land tenure, by shifting incompatible development priorities away from these areas. Primary partners in this work include government institutions in charge of land-use planning, sectoral (e.g. forest, mining, agriculture, transport) ministries, local civil society and private sector actors involved in major land-based investments.

The GIS RS technical adviser will be based in Kinshasa and will play a leadership role in supporting data information system, managing collaborative partnerships with government and local civil society, and overseeing implementation of WRI’s support to land use planning actions related to technical issues. The GIS RS technical adviser will be primarily focused on supporting initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The GIS RS technical adviser will report to the GFW Africa GIS Manager, and also work in very close collaboration with the Africa Forest Team and Global Forest Team.

 

Responsibilities

 

The Associate’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

  • Design technical components of land use planning and forest monitoring strategies in DRC that link effectively to policy and capacity-building elements of WRI’s strategy;
  • Contribute to design, development and enhancement of decision-support tools and information portals to inform land use planning decisions in DRC through stakeholder consultations and usability testing;
  • Oversee day-to-day coordination and management of GIS, RS, database and other technical activities of a small team of WRI and government technicians working in the DRC;
  • Support team leaders in carrying out project planning and reporting in relation to technical components of the strategy;
  • Buildout strategic and technical partnerships with national government agencies as well as international, private sector and civil society organizations;
  • Lead ground validation of GFW derived forest change alerts (and other relevant data) in collaboration with partner organizations and institutions in the DRC;
  • Identify and advance new lines of research and analysis relevant to the team’s strategy;
  • Work closely with WRI’s existing partners to identify and pilot applications of the Global Forest Watch Family for crowd-sourcing or community monitoring;
  • Produce, review, edit and ensure quality control of blogs, information notes, tutorials, analyses, and other written outputs consistent with WRI’s high standard of quality;

 

Qualifications

 

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in natural resource management, in geography, environmental science, natural resource management or relevant interdisciplinary field;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with advanced expertise in GIS, remote sensing and database design/management (knowledge of ESRI environment a must) and significant knowledge of code (e.g. JavaScript, Python, SQL);
  • Superb analytical and strategic thinking skills;
  • Professional fluency in French and English including an ability to write in an organized, clear, and articulate manner;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and compellingly to a wide range of audiences within Central Africa; Experience working directly with government is an asset;
  • Experience designing decision support systems and application usability testing;
  • Previous project management or supervisory experience is preferred;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly when it comes to communicating technical concepts to non-technical audiences;
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing priorities and to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines;
  • Results focused, works effectively both independently and within a team environment, as well as the ability to work well under pressure;
  • Knowledge of land use and forest sector in Central Africa;
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and institutional values;
  • Enjoys working within a large, diverse, dynamic, and collaborative team environment;
  • Willingness to travel within and outside of DRC up to 15% of time.

 

Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

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