Research Assistant in Geographic Information Systems

Africa Rice Center - Cotonou (Bénin)

Reference GSS/03/RD/2014/03

Type of Contract CDD

Duration of Contract 2 ans ou plus

Education Bac + 5 et Plus

Work Experience Au moins 2 ans

Application Deadline 30/03/2014

Position n° 152

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About the employer / working context

The  Africa  Rice  Center  (AfricaRice)  is  seeking  a  highly  qualified  Research  Assistant  in 
Geographic Information Systems to be based at AfricaRice, Cotonou.  
About AfricaRice 
AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the 
CGIAR  Consortium.  It  is  also  an  autonomous  intergovernmental  association  of  African 
member countries.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Research Assistant in Geographic Information System will assist in inland valley related project at AfricaRice, including RAP‐IV and SMART‐IV. S/he reports to the remote sensing/GIS specialist, working in the Sustainable Productivity Enhancement Program. S/he is part of a 
multi‐disciplinary research team  working to sustain  and  improve the  productivity  of rice‐based systems in Africa in line with AfricaRice’s mission and mandate.  
Specifically, s/he will: 

  • Assist  in mapping the potential for development  in  inland  valleys  and rainfed rice systems; 
  • Assist in mapping inland valleys in the target countries; 
  • Assist the project leaders of RAP‐IV and SMART‐IV projects in administration; 
  • Assist in data preparation for spatial modeling activities; 
  • Assist in designing field validation surveys; 
  • Assist in developing training materials and providing training; 
  • Assist in preparing presentations and publication of research results; 
  • Undertake any other duties as requested by the Center

Job Qualifications & Skills / Selection Criteria

Qualifications/Selection Criteria 
Education: An MSc in Geoinformation science or Geography. 
Work Experience: At least two years post MSc experience in using remote sensing software like ERDAS Imagine or ENVI 
Key Competencies Required: proficiency in the use of GIS software, preferably ArcGIS; pro‐activity  and  original way  of thinking;  ability to work  effectively  as  a member  of  a multi‐disciplinary team. 

Terms and Conditions 

  • This is a  regionally recruited position. 
  • AfricaRice  provides  an  attractive salary  and  benefits  package  and  a  collegial  and gender‐sensitive working environment. 
  • The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility for renewal.  

Application procedure 
Candidates should send an application (including a cover letter and a detailed CV with the following  information:  Name, surname,  gender,  date  of  birth,  family status,  nationality, 
certificates obtained, professional experience (stating clearly beginning and end dates of each experience: day, month, year), language skills (French/English), and the names and addresses (including telephone / fax / email) of three referees.  

To apply for this position, please send your applications: 
To: with the vacancy reference in subject: GSS/03/RD/2014/03 
Or to the following address: Head, Human Resources Unit, AfricaRice, 01 B.P. 2031, 
Cotonou, Benin Republic 

Applications will be considered until Sunday, March 30, 2014. 
AfricaRice is an equal opportunity employer. AfricaRice believes that staff diversity promotes excellence in its operations and particularly welcomes applications from women and developing countries. 

AfricaRice thanks all applicants but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 
To learn more about AfricaRice, please visit our website at 

Additional Information about the position

Position Type: Temps plein

Working Hours: Horaire normal

Working Language: Anglais

Second Language: Français

Contact for Information: Head, Human Resources Unit

Closing Date: 2014-03-30


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