Environmental Information and GIS Specialist

Project Description

The National Environment Agency (NEA) in The Gambia has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as an Environmental Information and GIS Specialist. The Environment Information System (EIS) Programme at NEA provides support to decision making through the provision of up-to-date, reliable, and relevant environmental, climate, and other related information through the analysis, mapping and documentation of such information. The GIS Unit runs a laboratory for the analysis of environmental and related information, creation of databases, and production of maps for decision support. The GIS Unit also trains staff from other agriculture and natural resources stakeholder institutions.

The PCRV will work with NEA staff and others, including other government and non-government staff members, to support the EIS Programme and perform data capture and analysis. The PCRV will also train EIS staff in data analysis and image interpretation, supporting the development of quality control standards, and strengthening data flow, management, and distribution activities that are aimed at supporting GIS/Remote Sensing. The overall goal of the assignment is to strengthen the capacity of the staff of NEA to process and analyze environmental data.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in The Gambia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

National Environment Agency (NEA)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in any relevant field
• Relevant work experience and skills in GIS/RS, data collection, database management, data analysis and interpretation, and image interpretation
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in The Gambia

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Medical Considerations

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