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Gatsby Africa – Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Graduate Intern For Gatsby’s Commercial Forestry Programme.

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About Gatsby Africa
Our mission is to work in partnership to catalyse and demonstrate sector transformation in East Africa. Whilst economies in East Africa have enjoyed high growth for more than a decade, the benefits of that growth have not been shared widely. With millions of young people joining the labour market each year and climate change adding further pressures, East Africa urgently
needs economic transformation – growth with depth that will radically change economies, rapidly create jobs and offer large numbers of people pathways out of poverty. We aim to support this by demonstrating how high-potential sectors can be transformed to benefit many hundreds of thousands of households for the long-term. We fund and implement programmes
that look to catalyse and influence large-scale and lasting change in six priority sectors. We also share what we are learning with others – such as governments and donors – who share our goals.
Gatsby is building a vibrant commercial forestry sector with new wood processing technologies and business models aiming to deliver widespread economic, social, and environmental benefits to millions of East African citizens.


Purpose of the role
Gatsby is seeking a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern to support the commercial forestry team in Performing GIS tasks related to the development, maintenance, & implementation of Site Suitability Matching Tool (https://ssmt.info/). As an Intern supporting the programs team, you will have the chance to contribute to meaningful work assignments for a period of six months with a possibility of extension.


Key responsibilities
• Develop and manage a holistic GIS database for forest planning and commercial decision making.
• Conducting GIS analysis to develop key insights for influencing stakeholders.
• Map production showing various data points to support the programme and branch.
• Develop mapping applications and tools.
• Work on GIS projects as assigned.
• Create new GIS datasets based upon existing standards.
• Edit existing Shapefiles, Geodatabases, & relational databases.

• Acquire, download, correct, integrate, & document GPS data from the field to existing GIS datasets.
• Data entry into a GIS related database.
• Assist in map production using ESRI ArcGIS and other GIS tools.
• Propose innovative ideas for the application of GIS to enhance OTI programming
• Assist in any other roles as assigned by the programme.
Experience and personal qualities required

Gatsby is looking for star-performers that have the following capabilities. The ideal applicants have the following skills and experience:
• A recent graduate of Cartography, GIS, Geography, or related field with first class honors or second-class upper division.
• Interest in a career in international development.
• Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS software required.
• Knowledge of geospatial data from a wide array of sources.
• Experience with data management best practices and data cleaning.
• Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Position requires the ability to work in high pressure situations under short deadlines.
• Dynamism combined with a strong work ethic and a sense of initiative.
• Ability to prepare technical reports & documents in a clear & concise manner.
• Prior work experience is not mandatory but a similar role prior and after graduation is considered advantageous.
• Experience with scripting languages such as python or statistical programming languages such as R is a plus


Terms and conditions
The contract for the internship assignment will run for six months with a possibility of extension. The job will be based in Nairobi with some in country travel. Gatsby Africa will offer a reasonable stipend to the successful intern.
Expected start date: 1st September 2022


How to apply
If your experience and aspirations match this opportunity, please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae detailing your qualifications and experience and quoting GIS Graduate Intern for Commercial Forestry Programme to recruitment@gatsbyafrica.org.uk by 7th July 2022.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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