Geospatial Research Officer Job at ICIPE

icipe seeks to recruit a Geospatial Research Officer. The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. This is a two-year contract, renewable subject to continued project needs, funding for the position, and performance of the staff member. This is a nationally recruited position. A competitive compensation package will be offered to the right candidate. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Overall Purpose of the Job

The position is responsible for providing day-to-day GIS and earth observation technical tasks to icipe’s 4-H paradigm (Environmental, Plant, Human, and Animal Health Themes). Also, the Geospatial Research Officer will be responsible for developing scalable quantitative and qualitative geospatial ecological niche models for monitoring Fall Armyworm and its parasitoids distribution and propagation.


  1. Manage and maintain the geospatial data infrastructure and assets of the Geo-Information Unit,
  2. Produce high-quality study area and baseline GIS map products using desktop GIS software (e.g. QGIS and ArcMap) for all icipe projects,
  3. Provide GPS and other geospatial data collection toolbox services to all icipe projects,
  4. Collect geo-referenced field data,
  5. Download, process and analyse optical and radar satellite data using the opensource tools like R software and Google Earth Engine,
  6. Develop ecological niche models for insects, diseases, vectors, parasitoids, and weeds to detect their risk areas using the cross-cutting machine learning algorithms,
  7. Map land use/ land cover for various projects using the cross-cutting machine learning algorithms,
  8. Calculating vegetation phenological metrics and harmonics from time-series satellite images using R or TIMESAT software,
  9. Perform conventional and machine learning (e.g. random forest) statistical analyses using R software, and
  10. Assist in conducting training to various stakeholders including icipe postgraduate students on GIS and remote sensing tools
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Minimum education/academic qualification required

  • BSc/ BA (with Second Upper grade or above) in GIS, Remote Sensing, Geography, Environmental Sciences and/ or any related field from a recognized university
  • A degree/ diploma in Project Management is an added advantage.
  • If studying for an MSc degree, the candidate must have already finished the program coursework.

Minimum professional knowledge/skill required

  • Proven knowledge and skills in the usage of GIS and remote sensing software such as ArcMap, ENVI and QGIS.
  • Experience in the use of open data kit (ODK) and/ or other geospatial data collection apps.
  • Knowledge, experience and willingness to collect insects, weeds, land use/ cover and other geo-referenced field data at various landscape scales.
  • Ability to handle, pre-process and process large amount of imagery from different satellite systems.
  • Knowledge and skills in performing machine learning modelling and statistical algorithms using open source programming environments such as R and Google Earth Engine.
  • Knowledge of calculation of vegetation phenological variables and harmonics using time-series satellite imagery.
  • Knowledge and skills in modelling and monitoring insects, vectors, parasitoids, diseases and weeds spatial distribution and propagation using cross-cutting machine learning algorithms.
  • Knowledge of up-scaling climate-smart agricultural systems such as Push–Pull using bioclimatic, social and other data types in species distribution modelling tools.

Minimum relevant practical work experience required

  • Minimum of three years’ proven work experience in more or less similar position.
  • Previous experience at an international/ regional research organization is an added advantage.
  • The candidate will be reporting to: Head, Geo-Information Unit.


Applications will be accepted up to 15th October 2019. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees, including e-mail addresses; and (c) a statement illustrating their suitability against each of the listed qualifications/competencies/ abilities, and skills.

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About icipe

icipe is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building. Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre has achieved this status by developing alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, a major station on the shores of Lake Victoria, and several other field stations in Kenya. Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually. The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world. (

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