Vacancy: GIS & Data Officer

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International Peace Information Service (IPIS) is an independent research institute based in Antwerp (Belgium), providing governmental and non-governmental actors with information, analysis and policy advice to build sustainable peace and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is centred around four programmes: Natural Resources, Business & Human Rights, Arms Trade & Security and Conflict Mapping.

IPIS is recruiting a GIS & Data Officer, starting as soon as possible

This is a 90% FTE permanent contract, but we are open for other part time formulas according to the applicant’s preferences. The recruitment will also serve to establish a small recruitment base for additional hirings for long- and short-term contracts. Therefore, eligible candidates are highly encouraged to participate.

Job description: Based in the IPIS office in Antwerp, you will support research projects and capacity enhancement activities on issues related to peace, development, and human rights. You will disseminate structured information and analysis through written publications, presentations, and maps.

You will be part of the IPIS GIS and data analysis team, assisting other researchers in collecting, interpreting, and visualising data in multiple projects. You will contribute to the management of IPIS’ geographic databases, support other researchers in interpreting data, and produce statistics, visualisations, web- and printed maps. You will help conceive and optimise the data workflow of the various projects IPIS is involved in.


  • Master’s degree with a preference for social sciences, social geography, development economics or related fields
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience in developing and delivering training and other interactive information sessions
  • Excellent verbal and written command of English and French
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Willingness to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including NGOs, academic researchers, policy makers, and business actors
  • Permit to work in the European Union

Technical skills:

  • You have work experience with GIS mapping (e.g. QGIS) and skills to perform advanced GIS analytics.
  • You have working knowledge in producing statistics and/or geospatial analysis with a programming language (such as Ror Python), and enthusiasm for coding daily to automate your work.  
  • Database management: experience with PostgreSQL and PostGIS or similar. Experience with Open Data portals or (OGC) standards for data sharing is an asset.
  • Publication tools to produce infographics: InDesign or similar are an asset.
  • Knowledge of satellite image analysis is an asset.
  • Web map programming: CSS, HTML, JavaScript libraries such as LeafletMapbox JS and Mapbox GL JSD3.js or similar are an asset.
  • Mobile Data Collection: experience with ODK, KoBo or similar is an asset.

Salary: The salary is competitive to the Belgian NGO sector.

Selection process: 

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Eligible applicants will be invited to take part in a written home-based test that is estimated to take 4 to 6 hours to complete. Applicants who succeed in the test will be invited for an interview in our offices or online.

Please send a recent CV and cover letter to In the cover letter please briefly explain the reason for your interest in the post, why you would be best suited for the position.

IPIS is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate on grounds of sex, race, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, age or disability. As such, IPIS welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

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