GIS Consultant

Consultant Roster

Background:
Welcome to Scofield Associates, your premier research partner in the Horn of Africa. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, we have established ourselves as a leading research firm operating across nine countries in this dynamic and diverse region. Our extensive presence allows us to provide unparalleled insights and comprehensive analysis, tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients. Our expertise spans various sectors, including governance, development, security, and public policy. We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality, evidence-based research that informs decision-making and fosters positive change.

Operating in nine countries across the Horn of Africa, Scofield Associates is strategically positioned to capture the region’s complex realities. Our extensive network and local knowledge enable us to conduct thorough research and provide valuable insights that reflect the nuanced contexts of each country. This broad reach ensures that we remain at the forefront of developments in the region, offering our clients the most relevant and up-to-date information.

At Scofield Associates, we offer a wide range of research services designed to meet the diverse needs of our clients. These include Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Policy Analysis and Development, Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Organization Capacity Assessment, and Big Data Analytics. We employ robust methodologies to gather and analyze data, assist policymakers with evidence-based recommendations, assess the impact and effectiveness of development initiatives, provide training and support to local institutions, and harness the power of big data for comprehensive insights.

We are currently updating our roster of consultants to strengthen our capacity in geospatial analysis and visualization. We seek a GIS Consultant Specialist to provide technical expertise and support on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for various projects and initiatives.

Objectives:
The GIS Consultant Specialist will play a crucial role in ensuring that geospatial data and analysis are effectively integrated into Scofield Associates’ projects. Key objectives include:

  • Providing technical expertise and guidance on GIS software, tools, methodologies, and best practices.
  • Collecting, managing, and analyzing spatial data to inform decision-making and support project implementation.
  • Creating maps, visualizations, and other geospatial products to communicate complex spatial information in an accessible and meaningful way.
  • Developing and implementing GIS-based solutions to address project-specific challenges.
  • Providing training and capacity building on GIS to staff and partners.
  • Staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in GIS technology and applying them to relevant projects.

Scope of Work:
The GIS Consultant Specialist will be engaged on a project-specific basis, with the scope of work tailored to the specific needs of each project. Typical tasks may include:

  • Data collection and management: Collecting spatial data from various sources, including field surveys, satellite imagery, and existing databases. Cleaning, processing, and organizing spatial data to ensure accuracy and consistency.
  • Spatial analysis: Conducting spatial analysis using GIS software to identify patterns, trends, and relationships in geospatial data. Developing spatial models to simulate and predict future scenarios.
  • Cartography and visualization: Creating maps, charts, and other visualizations to communicate spatial data effectively to diverse audiences. Developing interactive web maps and dashboards to provide real-time access to geospatial information.
  • GIS application development: Developing custom GIS applications and tools to streamline workflows and automate tasks. Integrating GIS with other systems, such as databases and web applications.
  • Capacity building: Providing training and support to staff and partners on GIS software, tools, and methodologies. Developing training materials and resources to enhance GIS capacity within the organization.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography, Environmental Science, or a related field with at least three years of relevant experience, OR
    A Bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography, Environmental Science, or a related field with at least five years of relevant experience.
    A PhD in a relevant field is preferred.
    Demonstrated expertise in GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS) and related tools.
    Experience in collecting, managing, analyzing, and visualizing spatial data.
    Strong understanding of geospatial data formats, coordinate systems, and projections.
    Proficiency in spatial analysis techniques, such as spatial statistics, geostatistics, and network analysis.
    Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
    Fluency in English is required; proficiency in other languages is an asset.

Application Requirements:
Interested candidates are invited to submit the following documents:

  1. Motivation Statement: A brief statement outlining your interest in the position, your relevant experience, and your availability. Please include your daily rate (in USD) in your motivation statement.
  2. Current Resume/CV: A detailed resume or CV highlighting your educational background, work experience, skills, and publications. Ensure to include links to relevant journal articles and previous work.
  3. Sample Work: Examples of previous GIS projects, maps, visualizations, or publications that demonstrate your expertise.
  4. Country of Experience: Show where you’ve worked in the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Sudans, or Rwanda). This should also be reflected in your motivation statement, your resume and your sample works. This will help us place you in specific projects in specific countries.

Please send your application to [email protected] with the subject line “GIS Consultant Specialist Application“. Scofield Associates is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds. Scofield Associates is also an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds, especially women and individuals from marginalized groups.