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GIS Research Assistant


Rockville,  Maryland
GIS CoordinatorTeaching

ICF has an opening for a GIS Research Assistant working primarily with The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Program. The DHS program is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project that supports the collection of demographic and health data through nationally representative population and facility-based surveys in low and middle income countries.

The GIS Research Assistant is expected to work as part of the team responsible for managing GPS data and geographic databases within the DHS Program. Tasks will include data cleaning and validation; geodatabase management and creation; map creation for reports and online tools; creation of webmaps through ArcGIS online and other tools; and basic spatial analysis. The GIS Research Assistant would also be involved in other projects within the International Health and Development Division at ICF. The GIS Research Assistant will report directly to the Senior Geospatial Advisor and will work closely with the other members of the Geospatial team. Some domestic or international travel (<10%) is possible. The full-time position is based in Rockville, MD (in the Washington, DC metro area).


Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with survey managers, data processing specialists, and in-country organizations in the validation and processing of GPS data
  • Updating and maintaining offline/online GPS/GIS datasets
  • Preparing GIS data for use in web mapping applications
  • Preparing maps for publication and presentations
  • Using and creating as needed automated scripts in python for streamlining workflows in ArcGIS
  • Maintain enterprise GIS servers (ArcGIS Server) and assets.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in geography or related field with relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency with ArcGIS 10.x and ArcGIS Server
  • Demonstrated proficiency in GIS applications including web applications, ArcGIS Online, and Esri Story Maps
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Python scripting and/or ArcPy programming for GIS

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • 1+ year professional experience working with GIS software preferred
  • Experience with raster data analysis and processing or other types of spatial analysis
  • Experience with Illustrator or other design software for finalizing maps for publication
  • Experience using APIs for data analysis and visualization, including ArcGIS API for JavaScript
  • Knowledge of cartographic and front-end web design concepts including HTML/CSS or JavaScript
  • Knowledge of basic statistics and statistical software such as Stata, SPSS, SAS, or R Statistics
  • Knowledge of GIS applications as it relates to health and population data
  • Experience working or studying overseas in a developing country setting
  • French language skills are a plus 

Professional Skills:

  • Ability to work independently and manage projects on a daily basis with minimal supervision
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations and developing country environments
  • Ability to work effectively with other project staff, USAID, other donors and international organizations
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

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