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Geospatial Data Scientist

Our activities are expanding at a fast pace and to develop capacity we are urgently looking for a Geospatial Data Scientist. The position reports to the Director of Science & Policy and works in close collaboration with the Director of Global Programs.


In this role you will:

  • Undertaking GIS and remote sensing tasks in support of project feasibility studies, certification development (e.g. carbon certification) and project implementation.
  • Analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative datasets to support project and HQ level M&E and reporting
  • Ensure the cleanliness and accuracy of WeForest Geodata to support mapping processes.
  • Coordinate with M&E Manager to review and organise existing data holdings
  • Coach and develop capacities of the projects’ teams on monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Aggregate data from the different project teams on a regular basis
  • Assist them in their methodology to collect and analyze data
  • Coordinate with M&E Manager to develop and provide training in GIS, remote sensing and other data analysis methods to build in-house and partner capacity
  • Ensure the teams follow data storage guidelines
  • Check and contribute to improve data quality with project teams


  • Graduated professional (Masters minimum) in a relevant field e.g. environmental sciences, geography, earth observation and geographical information science
  • Good technical skills and knowledge of tools for data collection and data analysis (e.g. Kobo Collect, Google Earth Engine, JavaScript, QGIS, R)
  • Strong GIS and remote sensing skills demonstrated in the field of land use change dynamics e.g. land cover classification, cover change.
  • Demonstrated experience of analyzing complex datasets from the biophysical sciences e.g. forest inventory datasets
  • Advanced knowledge of using GIS software, preferably QGIS (Essential)
  • Advanced knowledge of using Microsoft Excel (Essential)
  • Experience of using advanced statistical software for data analysis e.g. R
  • Knowledge in Carbon accounting methodologies expertise is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, clearly a team player
  • Fluent spoken and written English. Other languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese or some Asian languages) are a big plus
  • Flexibility to travel regularly

How to apply

Please send applications in English to with your CV, a motivation letter and the contact of 2 recent references. Due to the anticipated high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. We thank you in advance for your interest.