Geographic Information Technologies (GIS) Intern Career Opportunity in Nairobi, Kenya - Green Belt Movement

Organization Summary

The Green Belt Movement is a non-governmental organization founded in Kenya in 1977 by Professor Wangari Maathai. The Movement’s work focuses on conserving the environment by empowering rural women and communities through environmental education, supporting conservation and climate change mitigation activities in Kenya, and creating livelihood safety-nets at household level.

Position Summary

The Purpose of this position is to provide an opportunity for graduates, especially fresh graduates to obtain a first-hand impression of the day-to-day working environment, learn, develop new skills and gain experience. Under the supervision of the Geographic Information Technologies (GIS) Specialist, the core function of this intern position is to assist in planning, implementation and monitoring of the organization’s projects, such as, collecting, summarizing and integrating available data for project sites.

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Location: Nairobi, Green Belt Movement Headquarters

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in organizing and carrying out baseline survey and other related data collection activities in the field;
  • Assist in collecting data from various constituencies, creating metadata, verifying projections, maintaining a consistent naming convention for geospatial data and maintaining the data in an organized directory structure;
  • Assist in maintaining data sets required for the production of information products to support conservation activities:
  • Assist in carrying out data processing, reformatting and spatial analysis to support activities of the various programs;
  • Assist in mapping production and related cartographic support to field and office-based staff to support planning, implementation and monitoring;
  • Assist in preparing and reporting on the various activities carried out by the GIS department as well as provision of project status reports; and
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree or diploma in GIS, Geography, Earth Science or a related field from an accredited college or university;
  • Graduates, especially fresh graduates who show genuine desire to serve with demonstrated good character, honesty and high competency;
  • High knowledgeable in the design, development, implementation and administration of geographic information systems, including analysis and database development and integration;
  • Knowledge and experience in use of GIS mapping software products;
  • Ability to stay focused, efficient, and effective in managing multiple priorities;
  • Professional demeanor and ability to handle sensitive situations in a calm and professional manner;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and good judgment;
  • Proven ability to work independently to achieve accomplishments; and
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees and outside contacts.

How to apply

To apply for this intern position, please send your cover letter and CV in one document outlining your suitability to: by 5 pm EAT on 21st April 2023 with the subject line GIS Intern Application. Please note only successful candidates will be contacted.