Developer & GIS Database Coordinator
Location: Kentish Town, North West London NW5 2JT
The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) supports indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world's rainforest to:
As a member of RFUK's Mapping Team, the Developer and GIS Database Coordinator will be responsible for leading the technical development of RFUK's mapping and GIS-focused platforms and applications as well as its monitoring software systems, including the online Mapping For Rights website and RFUK's real-time monitoring software.
We are looking for someone with:
The post is based in the Rainforest Foundation's north London office, with regular travel to the Congo Basin region.
Please visit our website for a full job description and person specification and information on how to apply.
Please note that we do not accept CVs.
Closing Date for Applications: 15th August 2017
Effective: September 2017
The Rainforest Foundation UK
The mission of the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) is to support indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world's rainforest to:
RFUK considers that an essential first step to protect and manage the tropical forests and to reduce poverty in tropical forest countries is to realise the rights of the traditional and indigenous communities who live in those forests. With secure rights to land and livelihoods, forest peoples can effectively manage forest resources and direct and manage their own development. Founded in 1989, RFUK has in the past 20 years built a solid body of work based on this rights-based approach to development and protection of the rainforest. Although our work is focused on the Congo Basin, where RFUK has worked since 1996, we also work in the Peruvian Amazon.
RFUK tackles the underlying causes of deforestation linked to the problem of disenfranchisement of indigenous forest peoples globally and locally. From the field to the international policy arena, RFUK reinforces the active participation of forest peoples in the decisions that affect them.
RFUK currently has 25 staff, with a number of volunteers or interns at any given time. It is governed by a Board of seven Trustees. The London-based Foundation is part of a network of sister organizations, which also include the Rainforest Foundation US and the Rainforest Foundation Norway.
The Programmes Team at the Rainforest Foundation UK is one of three teams in the organisation and is the main team responsible for the implementation of our projects under the four themes cited above. It currently has a size of 16.
Community mapping, participatory GIS, and environmental monitoring
Community mapping and monitoring is a cross-cutting component of RFUK's programmes strategy. Technology developments are seen as key tools to promote community rights to forest lands and resources and to improve governance.
Underlying the marginalisation of forest communities is often a lack of reliable and transparent information on their use, ownership and possession of the forest. RFUK developed the MappingForRights database which is aimed at enabling communities to demonstrate their presence in the forest; for national decision?makers and the private sector to take account of and recognise this presence and to assist the international community in designing appropriate programmes and interventions concerned with those rights, through:
To date, some three million hectares of forest land in the Congo Basin have been mapped and uploaded to the MappingForRights platform - providing an important and unprecedented visual aid for rights-based advocacy work. RFUK's tropical forest community mapping initiative (TFCMI) is now examining the feasibility and potential demand for establishing a similar online mapping facility of forest peoples' lands in other tropical forest regions.
In April 2015, RFUK launched the first community real-time forest monitoring system (RTM) that enables communities to capture and transmit information on forest illegalities to a central database in real-time, even in non-networked areas. This kind of technology has the potential to transform the role of communities in forest governance and has many possible applications including monitoring of extractive industries, wildlife inventories and REDD schemes.
The postholder will be responsible for supporting the development of the mapping and monitoring component of RFUK strategy, in coordination with other programmes staff.
Specific responsibilities and tasks:
The Developer and GIS database Coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks, under the supervision of the Mapping Coordinator:
1. Technical development
2. Managing staff
PERSON SPECIFICATION Details
Willingness and ability to travel in Congo Basin region countries, as well as other occasional travel, such as to European destinations.
Summary Terms and Conditions
Hours, remuneration and place of work
The post is a full time post, based on a 35-hour working week, with a six-month probationary period.
The starting salary is £34,350 gross per annum, including London weighting.
Monthly salary is paid by Bank Automated Credit transfer, on the 25th of every month.
Holidays, sick pay and other benefits are provided in accordance with statutory requirements. At present, 30 days paid leave per year are offered.
Non-contributory pension (4% of salary).
The place of work is 233a Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2JT. This is a non-smoking environment. There is no parking provided for the post-holder, although bicycles are allowed in the building.
Notice period is three months.
RFUK is an equal opportunities employer, and makes no discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, age, physical abilities, religious or sexual persuasion.
233a Kentish Town Road unfortunately is not as accessible to those with physical disabilities as the organisation would like, but every effort will be made to provide an accessible and pleasant working environment for all staff, trustees, volunteers and visitors.