OPPORTUNITY: IPIS is looking to engage a student in its GIS & data team

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IPIS is looking for a university student based in Belgium for 15 hours a week (average) during 3 months (renewable) to assist the GIS and data team with data processing, statistical analysis and development of interactive dashboards.

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 realise a vision of durable peace, sustainable development and the fulfilment of human rights.

About the IPIS GIS and data team:

IPIS processes a large amount of (geographic) information which is published in reports, maps and dashboards. The GIS and data team – a small team of two to three people – assists the multiple IPIS research projects with collecting, processing, and visualising data whilst optimising the data workflow using automation principles. In addition, to facilitate data exploration and to communicate key findings, we conceive and develop digital tools such as static/interactive dashboards and webmaps. Over these last years, we have evolved to an Open Source and Open Data oriented modular system where there is also place for experimentation and improvement.

Your role:

You will work within the GIS and data team, providing support to different research projects related to conflict analysis and natural resources good governance in sub-Sahara Africa. You will contribute to the management of IPIS’ databases and support research projects in producing relevant statistics, visualisations and apps – in collaboration with IPIS GIS and data colleagues. As IPIS is continually improving and streamlining its data management processes, you will also be encouraged to explore and develop new ideas.

Technical skills:

  • A strong knowledge in a programming language for data wrangling/analysis/visualisation – preferably R (dplyr, ggplot, RMarkdown, Rshiny, etc.) or alternatively Python or Julia – is highly desirable.
  • A good level in statistics is highly desirable.
  • Some experience with PostgreSQL, PostGIS or similar is an asset.
  • Some experience with Web map programming: CSS, HTML, JavaScript libraries such as Leaflet, Mapbox JS and Mapbox GL JS, D3.js or similar is an asset.
  • Knowledge of a GIS software (e.g. QGIS, ArcGIS) is an asset.
  • Some experience with Mobile Data Collection tools (e.g. ODK, KoBo or similar) is an asset.

Soft skills:

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


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 working experience (laptop, IT support, administrative support, …)

Salary according to sectorial barema (secondary education, bachelor or master level)

Duration: 3 months, renewable


To apply for this student job, please send a short email outlining your motivation and availability together with a recent CV to the GIS and data team at We will get back to you within two or three weeks after reception of your application.

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