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Database/GIS Specialist - FEWS NET

Company: Chemonics
Location: Columbia
Posted on: June 15, 2019

Job Description:

FEWS NET/Chemonics seeks a Database/GIS Specialist to provide support to the FEWS NET Data Warehouse Team as part of the Knowledge Management and Learning Group. The Database/GIS Specialist will assist with the research, mining, validation, and formatting of datasets for FDW upload. In addition, the Database/GIS Specialist will assist in the spatial and geographic coding of data, GIS shapefile management, and documenting sub-national boundary changes over time. The individual will also support ad-hoc thematic mapping requests and other data processing tasks. Responsibilities include: Conduct data extraction from unstructured source documents such as PDF documents, Excel sheets, and OCR format and prepare and process the data into a predefined format for FDW upload Identify data irregularities and inconsistencies in source documents and processed datasets, and document irregularities Follow data processing, cleaning, submission, and archiving procedures for FDW data delivery and upload Perform desk research on current and historical data related to FEWS NET database domains for FEWS NET countries and other countries of interest Perform desk research on administration boundary changes in FEWS NET countries Locate and identify current and historical shapefiles for FEWS NET countries, and ensure that shapefiles have proper topology and are fitted to the FAO GAUL Admin0 (national) boundaries Assign FEWS NET IDs (FNIDs) to shapefiles Produce tables and flow charts documenting changes in administration boundaries over time, for upload to the FDW Support ad-hoc requests for thematic maps and other data visualization products Provide additional data processing/data management tasks across the project, as needed Qualifications: Bachelors of science in computer science or a GIS-related field, at possible geography or related degree preferred 2 years of experience with ESRI ArcMap including familiarity with editing, joins, geo-processing, and thematic mapping Experience with Microsoft Office Excel, including automated formulas, KuTools, and pivot tables Demonstrated ability in handling and processing non-standardized data Excellent research skills and ability to focus on details Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing Ability to work both independently and as part of a team Familiarity with data extraction tools such as Tabula Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is an advantage Experience with Python programming language is preferred French and/or Spanish language skills are preferred Application instructions: Apply through our Career Center at https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CHEMONICS&cws=1&rid=2255 by December 22, 2017. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted. Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Keywords: Chemonics, Baltimore , Database/GIS Specialist - FEWS NET, IT / Software / Systems , Columbia, Maryland

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