GIS Analyst

Lusaka, Zambia 🇿🇲

Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Reports to: Senior Hydrologist
How to Apply: Email a cover letter and CV indicating position applied for to [email protected]
Deadline for applications: Friday 31st August 2016. Kindly note that only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted.

I. Core Functions

WWF Zambia Zambezi Freshwater Program is seeking to employ a Freshwater GIS Analyst for its
office in Lusaka. This is a two-year term position that will have the opportunity to support innovative
freshwater conservation initiatives along the entire Zambezi basin, with a focus on environmental
flows and hydrological modelling, and freshwater monitoring of critical areas of this region. This
position will be responsible for designing and conducting analyses that help inform the freshwater
team’s efforts to prioritize, design, and implement a variety of freshwater initiatives, as well as
monitor their impact. The GIS Analyst will also support participatory stakeholder decision-making
processes (e.g. water allocation and catchment planning) by enhancing them with spatially rich
information as well as help increase the scientific rigor of catchment monitoring by providing
support with study design, data collection, management, and analysis. The GIS Analyst will
perform fieldwork, as necessary, to collect critical information and ground-truth results from
desktop analysis.

The GIS Analyst will also play a critical role in spatial data management for the programme. The
incumbent will design, develop, and maintain the programme’s GIS database and its tools and
provide up-to-date GIS products as and when required. Additionally, this position will help develop
GIS capacities among program staff and sensitize stakeholders through GIS-based applications. This
includes collecting, processing, securing and visualizing information on the location and distribution
of critical freshwater areas in the basin. In this sense, the GIS Analyst will take the lead on
partnering with other NGOs in finding synergies on GIS related matters so that joint efforts are

The incumbent will operate under the supervision of the Senior Hydrologist. He/she will have
delegated duties for planning, reporting, budgeting, implementing, monitoring, evaluation and
providing logistics support of program activities.

II. Major Duties and Responsibilities

• Data Collection, Analysis, Application and Communication of Results (60%)

a. Develops GIS and hydrologic modelling tools for conservation analyses, such as e-flows
analysis and impact simulation
b. Research, consolidate and format best available GIS and remote sensing information
relating to freshwater resource assessments, monitoring, and project implementation
c. Resolve data disparities and processes to generate credible results
d. Work in close collaboration with the program staff to ensure data on monitoring indicators
is collected in a relevant spatial manner
e. Conduct field visits that include ecosystem assessment and monitoring;
f. Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to ensure adequate project
implementation; Communicate and discuss results with stakeholders not familiar with GIS

• Data Management (20%)

a. Design, develop, update and maintain a GIS database and related tools;
b. Continuously gather, update and improve metadata;
c. Complete a gap analysis of existing GIS and database management capacity;
g. Advise on appropriate hardware and software to store, share and analyse spatial data;
d. Develop protocols for assessing and sharing this data bank;
e. Collaborate with IT and WWF Globil to assure databases are accessible and synchronized

• Capacity Building (10%)

a. Assess GIS capacity required by staff, determine gaps and provide training;
b. Recommend protocols for data collection, analysis, and storage, and train staff accordingly;
• Communications, Fundraising, Reporting and Planning Support (10%)
a. Enhance freshwater communication campaigns through provision of spatial products
b. Support development, design and submission of fundraising proposals;
c. Contribute to formulation of workplans, progress reports and program activities;
d. Support other ZCO programmes to setup and manage GIS databases and provide relevant
spatial products;
e. Undertake any other activities, as required, for effective programme implementation

III. Profile

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

a. Bachelors degree in nature conservation, environmental management, geography,
hydrology or engineering, with a strong understanding of environmental processes
b. At least 3 years experience with GIS analysis and database setup and management

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

a. Masters degree in hydrology or engineering, with a strong understanding of environmental
b. A specific qualification in GIS and remote sensing analysis
c. At least 2 years experience performing GIS analyses related to environmental issues and
using Spatial Analyst (or QGIS equivalent) or equivalent combination of experience and
d. Knowledge of GIS web-mapping applications (ESRI ArcGIS Online, qgis2map) is an asset
e. Knowledge of ArcGIS Model Builder, and preferably Python (and ArcPy) (or alternatively R
and GDAL packages) is an asset.
f. General knowledge of modern IT infrastructures (Cloud Computing, Web Services) is an
g. Practical understanding of remote-sensing techniques (e.g. ERDAS Imaging, ENVI, ArcGIS)
h. Strong interest in developing spatial models to assess ecosystem services and impacts
i. Experience with ecological monitoring projects is an advantage
j. Demonstrated project management experience and the ability to work independently
and/or with minimal supervision.

Required Skills and Competencies

a. Strong analytical skills;
b. Proven facilitation and stakeholders engagement skills;
c. Excellent inter-personal skills, with the ability to network, develop and maintain strong
relationships with stakeholders of diverse cultural backgrounds;
d. Strong interest and commitment to sustainable natural resource management
e. Experience working effectively in partnership arrangements
f. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English
g. Clean driver’s license

IV. Working Relationships

a. Internal: Interacts regularly with staff within WWF Zambia and the wider WWF Network
b. External: Interacts with government departments, research centers, universities and others
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the collaboration that is
anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to
organisational needs.