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Geographic Information System Advisor

Managua Nicaragua
12 Months | Start Date between Sep - Nov 2017

Location Mangua, Nicaragua

Start Date Sep - Nov 2017 (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements Spanish, English

Spanish Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Please submit a Spanish Resume and Statement of Interest

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

 

The Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center) CATIE is an international institution focused on research and graduate education in the agricultural sciences and natural resources, and on environmental aspects related to both.

CATIE has accumulated extensive experience in the management of forests and agro-ecosystems in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, as well as participatory proposals for territorial ordering in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

The mission of CATIE is to benefit humanity through the application of knowledge, experiences and technologies in order to stimulate development, conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources in the American tropics conservation.

CATIE has promoted agriculture technologies, productivity and efficient management of natural resources in Nicaragua for more than three decades. Among their main achievements of the past few years there is the work carried out in the different agri-ecological areas of the country in value chain, climate change, ecosystem services, forestry and sustainable management of territories.  

You as a volunteer will contribute to the work of CATIE by providing support to the technical team of CATIE on the development and improvement of a water harvesting project that is part of the strategies to face climate change. For the last three years CATIE has been implemting phase I of a water harvesting project in the northern part of Nicaragua; now CATIE is getting ready for a second phase of this project, and they are interested in analyzing the data from phase I in order to improve phase II. Your support as a volunteer will be of great value for this process. We are looking someone who can share their knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and who enjoys analysis to support the team with these skills.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Provide support on the development of the geographic analysis strategy for the water harvesting project.

- Provide support to the technical team on the use of the GIS software.

- Provide support on the documentation of the water harvesting project.

- Provide support on the development of a second phase for the water harvesting project.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree on Geography, Planning, Environmental or Social Science, Computer Science, or related field.

Essential Professional Background:

- At least two lower or upper division courses specific to Geographic Information Systems.

About Our Partner

 

Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigación y Ense

The Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center), CATIE is an international institution focused on research and graduate education in the agricultural sciences and natural resources, and on environmental aspects related to both.

The Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanz has accumulated extensive experience in the management of forests and agro-ecosystems in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, as well as participatory proposals for territorial ordering in Guatemala and Nicaragua. The Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanz and Cuso International signed a regional Memorandum of Understanding early in 2013.

Vision: The countries of tropical America are using and implementing practices for sustainable development, reconciling production and conservation in tropical ecosystems and enhancing the socio-economic wellbeing of the population.        

Mission: To benefit humanity through the application of knowledge, experiences and technologies in order to stimulate development, conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources in the American tropics conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources in the American tropics.

 The Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanz has promoted agriculture technologies, productivity and efficient management of natural resources in Nicaragua for more than three decades. The organizations programmes implement rural education activities, as well as those providing economic, social, and environmental benefits.   In the last few years, the organization has executed the Meso-American Agriculture and Environmental Program which recently initiated its second phase. The main goal of this program is to improve the livelihoods of small and medium size farmers.

Among their main achievements of the past few years there is the work carried out in the different agri-ecological areas of the country in value chain, climate change, ecosystem services, forestry and sustainable management of territories.  

The organizaiton intends to raise awareness on the importance of the agri-environment to increase productivity and better manage the natural resources, soil, water, forest and biodiversity.

Terms and Conditions

 

Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.

 

Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

 

Fundraising

We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.

 

E-volunteering

Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.

 

Residency and Citizenship  

 

Residency

The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.

 

Citizenship

Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.