GIS Officer - Forest Restoration for Climate Resilience and Development, WWF-Laos

WWF has had a presence in the country since the late 1980’s, where it contributed to some of the first surveys that established Laos’ protected area system. WWF-Laos has been officially established under the WWF-Greater Mekong programme since 2001 and today has over 50 staff across 5 offices with the head office located in Vientiane. WWF-Laos works with government, civil society, and the private sector to address the threats to conservation and move towards a greener nature-based future to reach our vision.

Our vision is for 'Laos’ unique biodiversity, cultural diversity, ecosystems and the services they provide are maintained or enhanced and contribute to the sustainable development and wellbeing of Laos, the Greater Mekong region and the planet as a whole.” Find out more about WWF-Laos at: www.wwf.org.la 

WWF-Laos’ Forest Programme is a key part of WWF Laos’ conservation strategy and aims at halting deforestation and ensuring Laos’ forests are effectively protected or under improved management and restoration using principles of sustainable forest management, certification schemes, value chain development, and the promotion of responsible forestry governance and trade. Under its Forest Programme, WWF started a new four-year (2022-2025) forest project “Forest Restoration for Climate Resilience and Development (FORRED).” The FORRED work covers two priority landscapes and supports building conservation programs in these landscapes with other multi-disciplinary teams.

Position: GIS Officer - Forest Restoration for Climate Resilience and Development, WWF-Laos
Based in: Pakse City, Champasack Province, Lao PDR
Gross monthly salary (est.): 10,910,000 LAK

The GIS Officer is responsible for GIS/RS technical support to Forest Programme on regular basis and WWF Conservation Programmes on demand. He/she is specifically responsible for developing and maintaining GIS databases, carrying out GIS/RS tasks for conservation planning and monitoring and leading spatial/land use planning activities. The position reports to FORRED Project Manager with technical supervision from Forest Lead.
 
  • Prepare all relevant maps for conservation planning and monitoring for different conservation programmes including Forest, Freshwater, and Wildlife;
  • Assist WWF Conservation Program to prepare and propose measures with counterparts to define concepts, approaches, and tools for spatial/land use planning;
  • Take a lead role in land /forest use planning and monitoring activities.  Assist different projects fulfilling their M&E tasks that comprise of GIS information;
  • Participate in fieldwork including data collection by special surveys or by sourcing from other organizations;
  • Conduct and assist the acquisition, processing, analysis, management, and dissemination of geographic data relevant with the WWF conservation thematic focuses;
  • Initiate, organize and conduct training related to mapping, the use of ArcGIS/QGIS or other mappings related programs for conservation team and government partner focal point persons;
  • Contribute to establishing and regularly review on-the-job training programs with counterparts;
  • Support in the organization of training, meeting, workshops, seminars, and other events on subjects that are related to assigned project activities.  Perform administration task on-demand for spatial /land use planning activities;
  • Conceive and implement a filing system for all digital information related to GIS information;
  • Assist Project Manager in preparing technical monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.

The GIS Officer is responsible for GIS/RS technical support to Forest Programme on regular basis and WWF Conservation Programmes on demand. He/she is specifically responsible for developing and maintaining GIS databases, carrying out GIS/RS tasks for conservation planning and monitoring, and leading spatial/land use planning activities. The position reports to FORRED Project Manager with technical supervision from Forest Lead.

WWF-Laos offers you a 1-year contract with a possible extension.
 
How to apply: If you have the skills and experience and are interested in the position, please email your cover letter and CV in English to jobs.laos@wwf.org.la citing in the subject line the position that you applied for, WWF-Laos’. 
 
Deadline for applications: April 7, 2022. 
 
WWF does not charge or accept a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.