JOB TITLE Lake Tanganyika Spatial Scientist, Africa Region
LOCATION Location:Kigoma, Tanzania
JOB FAMILY Science
JOB NUMBER 400007, Applied Scientist III (ICR)
SALARY GRADE 8
SUMMARY Many of the last remaining intact terrestrial and freshwater systems in the tropical world are in Africa - from the intact delta of the wild Ogooué River to the grasslands of Northern Tanzania to the deep and spectacular lakes of the Rift Valley. Ecosystem services such as fish protein, clean water, and floodplain productivity that intact ecosystems provide act as life support for many poor, rural communities dependent upon them.Economies of sub-Saharan Africa are also growing rapidly, and ecological systems and services are likely to be significantly stressed in the coming decades. We need accurate and compelling conservation-related spatial data, remote sensing analysis, and map products to create better informed decision making,whether at the national government or local community scale.
The Nature Conservancy’s Africa Region seeks a broadly trained scientist with expertise in complex spatial analysis over large landscapes. This person will work on projects related to spatial database management, participatory mapping of ecosystem services,and spatial analyses in priority freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems of the Lake Tanganyika Basin and its riparian countries (Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). She/He will focus on projectsthat identify existing ecological resources and ecosystem services as well as threats to those resources.This person will also work to integrate socioeconomic aspects – such as farmer or fisher perceptions – into spatial analyses as a team member working with The Nature Conservancy and the Lake Tanganyika Authority to build an Atlas of Freshwater Resources for use by a multitude of stakeholders operating within the Lake Tanganyika Basin. This person will engage in capacity building activities to enhance skills sets for members of the Lake Tanganyika Authority and other national and regional stakeholders to use spatial products generated through projects.She/He is responsible for various project-related tasks, including project planning, analysis, report preparation and publicationofresults.She/He may also be expected to provide detailed spatial analysis and map productionin support of our other programs throughout the continent, such as the Greater Mahale Ecosystem in Tanzania, theAfrican Great Lakes Region, the Ogooué River in Gabon, the Tana River in Kenya, and the Kafue River in Zambia. Key approaches include support to the Lake Tanganyika Authority, national governments, and other stakeholders in freshwater resource prioritization and mapping, water infrastructure planning, source water protection, freshwater protected area planning, and freshwater fisheries management.
FUNCTIONS Thespatial scientistsupportslandscape-scale spatialanalysis, with a focus on freshwater ecosystems,relatedtoThe Nature Conservancy and the Lake Tanganyika Authority’swork in the Lake Tanganyika Basin and its four riparian countries: Tanzania, Zambia, Burundi, and DRC.Requiressufficient knowledgeand work experiencein one or moreof thefollowingfunctions:
o Advancedknowledgeofmanagement,manipulationandanalysisofbothvectorandrasterspatial data in geo-coded database structures;
o Strong cartographic skills;
o Experience with remote sensing;
o Ability to manageand coordinate projects and coordinate closely with Program Managers and other science staff; and
o Experience presenting projects at conferences and meetings and writing progress reports, final reports, scientificmanuscripts and developing training materials in both French and English.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE o ScienceActivities:Conductsparticipatory ecosystem service mapping and modeling and application of results. Integratespatialdatawithfieldsurveystodocumentsocial and ecological systems in projectareasusingstandard methods and techniques.
o Innovation:Participates in the ongoing development of new tools, methods, processes,and techniques that improveconservation action in The Nature Conservancy’s conservation priority areas and thematic opportunities.
o Communications:Communicatestherole ofThe Nature Conservancyin theconservation of biodiversity,andexplaintheutility ofscience-basedconservationtopartners. Incollaborationwith theConservation Director and Africa TNC Program Managers,communicateregularlywithkey projectpartnersandotherstomaintainstrong partnershipsandfacilitate effectiveconservation.
o InformationRequests: Respondstorequestsforecologicalinformationfrompartnersandprovide interpretation, as needed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS o Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science, Ecology, Geography or related field and 4 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
o Experience in designing, maintaining and analyzing spatial databases to meet organizational needs.
o Experience in developing and delivering web-based training materials using tools such as Screenshot-O-Matic, WebEx, orTeamViewer.
o Demonstrated experience in teaching others how to use common spatial analysis tools and map product outputs.
o Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
o Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals
o Experience leading or participating on cross functional teams.
o Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people
o Experience managing complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and partners
o Fluency in speaking, reading and writing in French and English is required.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS &EXPERIENCE o Graduate degreeinbiological or informationscienceswithcourseworkindicatingknowledgeofcomplexspatial analysis considered.
o Demonstratedexperiencewith landscape-scale spatialanalysisandfreshwatermodeling.Knowledge ofclimatechangeimpacts on ecosystemsand methods for understanding community perceptions of these changes is highly desirable.
o Projectmanagement and administrative experience, databasemanagement, word processing,and open source GISskills (e.g. QGIS).
o Ability to develop maps in ArcGIS Online to share with partners.
o Ability toworkeffectivelywithothersunderpressureandtightdeadlines. Capable ofworkingindependentlyto complete projects.
o Communicating clearly via written and spoken means in Englishand French. Communication skills in Swahili and at least one other language common to the African Great Lakes region are desirable.
o Excellent graphical communication skills. Abilityto writetechnicalreports utilizingavailable resources. Ability to produce professional-quality map products.
o Willingness to travel throughout theLake Tanganyika Basin and particularly the phase 1 project focal areas in Tanzania and Zambia.
o Comfort articulating and advocating for The Nature Conservancy’s conservation mission.
ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES Communications Effectively expresses messages verbally and in writing. Actively listens to others. Fosters open exchange of issues. Is timely with information.
Flexibility & Innovation Flexible to changing circumstances. Takes innovative approaches towards work. Takes calculated risks and makes dependable decisions in the fact of uncertainty.
Interpersonal Savvy Maintains positive working relationships. Contributes to productive partnerships inside and outside the organization. Understands team member roles and values the contributions of others. Effectively deals with conflict.
Open to Learning Versatile learner and committed to self-improvement. Employs strengths effectively. Willingly shares knowledge with others. Seeks coaching on areas needing improvement. Adjusts behavior/performance as needed. Views mistakes as learning opportunities.
Organizational Awareness Understands the basics of our business. Knows how local job relates to the big picture & contributes to the overall strategy. Knows how/why things work inside TNC. Easily moves through internal networks and channels for success.
Produces Results Takes Initiative. Focuses on priorities. Strives for excellence. Is dependable and accountable for results. Persistent in the face of obstacles and meets deadlines.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, please submit a resume/CV and cover letter to Africa@tnc.orgsubject line:
SPATIAL SCIENTIST, AFRICA PROGRAM. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April1st,
2016 to be considered.
Applicants must apply in English to be considered
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.