GIS / RS Specialist
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Last Date: November 30, 2010
(Colombo, Sri Lanka)
The person and the job
If you possess a master’s degree in
information management, geography, agriculture or water resources, and have at
least five years professional experience in the field of Geographical
Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS), you could fit our profile of
supporting GIS/RS. This position reports to the Manager of the GIS, RS and Data
Management Unit at the headquarters of the International Water Management
Institute (IWMI) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
• provide technical support to
researchers to identify appropriate data sources, acquisition/retrieval, storage
and archiving of digital data/imagery, processing, interpretation and analysis
of remotely sensed and GIS data to produce new products focusing on water and
• lead the processing of digital
imagery using image processing software such as ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper or
similar. Processing includes orthorectification, image classification, building
textures, performing geometrical corrections, projection standardization,
removal of cloud effects on images, application of standard algorithms/models
and preparation of standard outputs, including maps.
• oversee collection, compilation,
evaluation, interpretation, maintenance and distribution of the GIS and remotely
sensed data (and metadata) for the water resources management applications
through the Water Data Portal adhering to international standards.
• train project staff and partners
and provide academic guidance to research students/interns in the use and
application of GIS/RS.
• prepare research reports, journal
articles and other manuscripts and presentations to disseminate research
You must possess:
• MSc. degree in information
management, geography, agriculture or water resources with a focus on database
and information management.
• formal or on-the-job training in
GIS, image processing, database and information management.
• at least 5 years relevant
professional experience at a mid-level position in the field of GIS/RS.
• experience with web approaches,
interfaces and protocols such as html, xml, php, etc.
• demonstrated ability to implement
OGC compliant standards such as WMS, WFS, etc.
• experience in sub-meter GPS
applications, including data acquisition and post-processing.
• good understanding of computer
networking, client-server and database technologies.
You must also be:
• self-motivated, enthusiastic and
work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
• able to establish priorities,
plan, organize and monitor own work.
• committed and reliable, with good
organizational skills and time management.
You must know about:
• challenges posed by environmental
impacts on global change on one hand and rapidly developing GIS/RS techniques on
• GIS/RS tools and software such as
ESRI GIS software particularly ArcGIS Server, ERDAS Imagine, E-cognition and
other similar software.
• metadata standards and platforms
It would be advantageous if you had
a degree in GIS/RS or a relevant discipline and experience in working with water
and agriculture related issues. Previous work experience in developing countries
would be welcome. If you can conduct trainings/workshops and develop training
material and have innovative thinking, challenging existing approaches and
knowledge, that would also be an advantage. Finally, knowledge of relevant
programming languages such as C++, Python, etc., will be an advantage.
This is a regionally recruited
position with a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a
housing allowance, transport, education, shipping assistance, annual home leave,
retirement and health insurance package. IWMI’s policy is to appoint staff
initially on three-year contracts which are subject to renewal, depending on
performance and the Institute’s needs.
Please submit your application
Closing date: 30th November, 2010
The International Water Management
Institute (www.iwmi.org) is a non-profit, scientific organization engaged in
research and capacity building activities for developing countries. Our mission
is to overcome poverty through better management of land and water resources.
Working with diverse partners and supported by the Consultative Group on
International Agricultural Research (www.cgiar.org), IWMI seeks to translate its
research findings into actionable recommendations for policymakers, resource
managers and poor rural communities. IWMI is based in Sri Lanka and has regional
offices in 12 countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
IWMI is an equal opportunity
employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of both gender and
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