GIS Specialist WCSIP Sulawesi Program


 

Position: GIS Specialist
Division: Wildlife
Conservation Society (WCS) Indonesia Program
Reports to: Species
Conservation Specialist
Coordinates with:
Sulawesi Program Manager, Turtle Conservation Coordinator, Regional Technical Advisor and Chief Advisor
Term: One year, with renewal depending upon performance
Location: Bogor,
with travel in Indonesia

 
 
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 currently has programs focusing on Sumatra,
Sulawesi, Marine and Illegal Wildlife Trade, with a presence in >10
provinces. Flagship species for these programs include Sumatran Tigers,
Sumatran Rhinos, Elephants, Orangutans, Manta Rays and the Maleo in Sulawesi.
In order to achieve our overall goal of saving wildlife and wild places in
Indonesia, we aim to protect threatened species and their habitat through
working with government agencies, civil society organisations, private sector
and local communities. 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 Specialist
will be required to maintain a comprehensive spatial database for the WCS terrestrial
landscapes in Sulawesi and Nusa Tenggara Timor, especially for WCS’s new Rote
Island turtle project. This will involve the collection, storage, analysis,
mapping, imaging, and communication of geospatial information. The Specialist
will provide technical assistance on GIS and remote-sensing across the projects
and conduct spatial analyses, such as species distribution mapping and monitoring
land-use change. The work will provide support to both field interventions as
well as policy development. 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 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 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

·        
Provide GIS support to specific projects, including development of
thematic maps, such as species distributions, and forest cover.
·        
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.
·        
Model
key species populations, building upon other data sources available to WCS.
·        
Provide
technical inputs on GIS and remote sensing for project monitoring and
evaluation.
·        
Develop
high quality maps for reports, presentations and other communication materials.
·        
Support
the design of spatial planning based on biodiversity importance, commodity
production areas, ecosystem and wildlife threat status, biogeographical
representative of Sulawesi’s PA system, carbon sequestration potential and
current land use.
·        
Support
the development of a terrestrial PA system consolidation plan and action plan
for the entire Sulawesi terrestrial PA system based on spatial
planning/alignment designed with mainstreaming of biodiversity importance and
biogeographical representatives of Sulawesi PA system, climate change
adaptation, and connectivity.
·        
Map
PA buffer zones, existing land uses and PA boundary condition of target PAs in
Sulawesi, including options for biodiversity-based Park boundary to support
subsequent Action Plan or other strategy document development.
·        
Support
the mapping of illegal/unsustainable agricultural commodity supply chains
originating from WCS landscapes, and the development of land use plans to
mitigate these impacts.
 
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 GIS Specialist.
 
Requirements
·        
Minimum
Bachelor Degree (S1), ideally Masters Degree (S2), 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.
·        
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 WCS-IP 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.
 
If you are interested in the
above position and consider that you possess the necessary qualifications,
please submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae, expected salary, names of three
professional references and a cover letter explaining your interest towards
this work and this organization to [email protected]. Please fill the “subject” column of the
e-mails in this format “GIS Specialist Wallacea_(name of candidate)”. 
 
Deadline: 16 June, 2016 No correspondence, only short-listed
candidates will be notified.
 

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