Job Detail

Organization: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Title: Staff Associate II/GIS Research and Support
Location: Palisades, New York

Posted: 2021-12-13
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University in Palisades, New York, is seeking a Staff Associate II for a full-time opportunity. The Staff Associate II will provide support to the GRID3 program (Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development) which works with countries to generate, validate and use geospatial data on population, settlements, infrastructure, and subnational boundaries. GRID3 combines the expertise of partners in government, United Nations, academia, and the private sector to design adaptable and relevant geospatial solutions based on capacity and development needs of each country. By providing government and public health actors with information on populations, facilities, and resources, geospatial data helps to comprehend and contain disease, understand the impact of health care services, or lack of health care services, as well as the impact of food and water droughts.

Under GRID3, the Staff Associate II will use their knowledge of the subject of geographic information systems to solve moderately complex problems and will use their own judgement and precedent to propose and analyze possible solutions. The incumbent will support program implementation with a focus on French-speaking countries, including (but not limited to) Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, and Togo. The incumbent will contribute and support activities related to capacity building, data use cases development and implementation, and core spatial data layers development and integration with in-country data systems and workflows. Moreover, he/she helps to coordinate communication among project staff, partners, and relevant stakeholders. He/she works closely with GRID3 leadership, program management, and data teams. Finally, the incumbent provides GIS research and support to other projects, as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:
• Supports country-level implementation work across the GRID3 partnership, with a focus on French-speaking countries. Supports assessments of spatial data use needs and integration into country workplans. Facilitates communication and collaboration within government-supported technical groups and GRID3 subcommittees. Coordinates in-country field work and engages in technical work as needed. This may include data collection at the location of health facilities, obtaining names and location of settlements, and/or other points of interest.
• Supports engagement processes with in-country stakeholders, donors, and external partners. Makes suggestions to incorporate relevant datasets into online data platforms in support of in-country decision-making and use.
• Substantially contributes to GRID3’s knowledge base related to geospatial data use and integration by developing content for GRID3 online curriculum, outreach materials, and other capacity building exercises. Supports the development of documentation of data processes in the form of technical briefs, white papers, webinars and other training materials, as needed.
• Tracks country-specific outputs, outcomes, and milestones using project’s reporting tools and mechanisms. Updates GRID3 leadership on country progress, cross-partners/ stakeholders collaboration efforts, and other relevant activities. Identifies potential bottlenecks, risks, and other challenges, and works toward identifying mitigation responses/ actions.
• Participates in teleconferences, meetings, working groups, webinars, and related coordination activities as needed.
• Reports to the Senior Staff Associate III serving as Associate Director for CIESIN’s Geospatial Applications Division, and receives guidance from GRID3 project leaders, but is able to carry out research projects with limited PI supervision.
• Exercises independent judgment and initiative within specific objectives.
• Must be able to work in interdisciplinary teams.
• Bachelor’s degree in political science, social sciences, geography, or related field, and at least four years of professional experience combining geographic applications and/or training; producing complex GIS data analyses, manipulations, and/or integrations; and/or interdisciplinary research integrating satellite imagery with socio-economic data, is required. Master’s degree in relevant field is a plus. Relevant research and field work experience in West Africa is considered a strong advantage.
• Proficiency in ESRI software, platforms, and applications (e.g. ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro) is required; knowledge of other mapping tools, software and applications is an advantage.
• Project and/or program management experience using project management tools (e.g. Asana, Trello, Smartsheets) is considered an asset.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French are required to facilitate communication with external partners in French-speaking countries.

Appointments are made on a fiscal year basis and are eligible for renewal each July 1st, contingent upon performance and funding.

The search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University benefits accompany this Officer of Research appointment.

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