Pakistan nationals: Research Intern (GIS and Remote Sensing)

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Lahore, Pakistan 🇵🇰


The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is seeking applications from enthusiastic students to assist with a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing project at its office in Lahore, Pakistan.

Scope of internship

The IWMI office in Lahore, Pakistan, is conducting various research projects that involve the collection and analysis of large-scale spatial (GIS and remote sensing) datasets to characterize the drivers of change and their implications on water, agriculture and food security in the Indus Basin. The intern will be involved in ongoing projects led by IWMI. The intern will be mainly involved in the provision of support to the collection, analysis and operationalizing of GIS and remote sensing datasets at a field scale as well as from various International data archives. The intern will also assist in performing major GIS/global positioning system (GPS) functions, including data development, maintenance and management, field surveying and mapping. The intern will assist with the development of GIS maps, identification of discrepancies in digitized documents, and field-scale data entry. A sound knowledge of GIS and GPS programs, and remote sensing-based image processing and relevant technologies such as computer-aided design (CAD) software is required.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Assist in collecting and updating data using GPS, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS and AutoCAD (optional) by performing onscreen digitizing of land use, physical/environmental parameters, park features, facilities/assets, architectural, surface water, groundwater and wastewater utilities, easements, and other municipal data.
  • Assist in the entry of engineering, agriculture and other information from plans and drawings into geospatial and/or a database format(s) and in the reporting management system.
  • Utilize a variety of survey techniques and equipment, including GPS data collector(s), and other tools to determine distance, location, dimension, depth, grade and volumes, and populate the dataset in ArcGIS mapping.
  • Assist in digitization of physical maps and survey data and updates digital documents and information to the GIS features both with ESRI desktop and web map application.
  • Conduct research on space-based information, open statistical datasets, and other Earth observation datasets and technologies.
  • Conduct geospatial and statistical analysis, such as using interpolation techniques to create surfaces.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports and research publications.

Qualifications, knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree in engineering, geo-informatics or physical sciences (e.g., physical geography, GIS/remote sensing).
  • Prior on-the-ground experience of GPS and methods used to collect, analyze and operationalize the spatial hydrological dataset, using principles and practices of geographic information databases.
  • An intermediate understanding of the use and operation of ESRI ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online; familiarity with Open Source QGIS (not required, but helpful), GPS; and knowledge of the methods, techniques and procedures used in the planning, designing, maintenance, editing, and production of geographic data and mapping.
  • Ability to understand the ArcGIS Collector mobile app, scanning hardware, and other miscellaneous hardware/software applications.
  • Ability to take direction, facilitate communication, resolve problems, and work individually or as part of a team.

IWMI will provide a monthly stipend to the selected candidate during the internship period. In addition, all other field costs will be covered by IWMI.

The duration of the internship is 06 months with the possibility of extension based on the project and budget availability. This is a nationally recruited internship and only citizens of Pakistan are eligible to apply.

To apply, visit Applications must be submitted by 24:00 (Pakistan time) on October 15, 2021 (Friday).

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is an international, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).

IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.