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GIS intern

IPIS is looking for a GIS intern, for July 2019 onwards.

About IPIS:

The International Peace Information Service (IPIS) is an independent research institute providing tailored information, analysis and capacity enhancement to support those actors who want to realize a vision of durable peace, sustainable development and the fulfillment of human rights.

About the IPIS GIS team:

IPIS processes a lot of (geographic) information which it published in maps and reports. The GIS team – a small team of two to three people – assist the researchers in collecting, interpreting and visualising data in multiple projects. We help conceive and optimise the data workflow of the various projects IPIS is involved in. We’ve evolved to an Open Source and Open Data oriented modular system where there’s place for experiment and improvement, and try to balance that with finding synthesis and automation for our larger scale projects.

Your role:

You will be included in IPIS GIS team, providing support to different projects related to conflict analysis and natural resources good governance in sub-Sahara Africa. You will contribute to the management of IPIS’ geographic databases, support researcher in interpreting data and produce statistics, visualisations, web- and printed maps – all under the supervision of IPIS GIS colleagues. As IPIS is continually improving and streamlining its data management processes, you’ll also be encouraged to explore new ideas during your stay.

Technical skills:

  • GIS: good experience with QGIS.
  • Database management: some experience with PostgreSQL and PostGIS or similar. Experience with Open Data portals or (OGC) standards for data sharing is an asset.
  • Knowledge of data analysis software, such as R (and libraries like dplyr and rmarkdown) or similar.
  • Publication tools: InDesign or similar are an asset.
  • Web map programming: JavaScript libraries such as Leaflet, Mapbox JS and Mapbox GL JS, D3.js or similar are an asset.
  • Mobile Data Collection: experience with ODK, KoBo or similar is an asset.

Soft skills:

  • Work in a multilingual environment
  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoying learning and teaching from/to your colleagues
  • Interest for humanitarian action and principles

Languages:

Proficiency in English mandatory, French or Dutch an asset.

What we offer:

We offer an inspiring environment with knowledgeable researchers on natural resources, conflict mapping, arms trade, business and human rights and capacity enhancement. You will get the facilities and assistance to have a fruitful and enjoyable internship (laptop, IT support, administrative support, …)

Internships are unsalaried but living costs can be partly compensated according to your personal situation (food, transport, housing).

Duration:

We’re looking for an intern for a period of three to six months, starting July 1st 2019, or later.

Procedure:

To apply for this internship, please send a short email outlining your motivation and availability together with a recent CV to Manuel Claeys Bouuaert. We will get back to you within two weeks after reception of your application.