Geospatial Data Intern (5 Positions)

The PPM section of UNICEF Malawi seeks to recruit five (5) national Geospatial Data Interns who are interested to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments while being exposed to UNICEF’s operations as well as learning on child rights and equity issues.  The internship programme is also expected to provide Malawi country office with the assistance of qualified students specialized in geospatial data field.  This will support the office in strengthening the geospatial data management function in the Malawi Country Office. The interns will assist in the implementation of the “4P2C Data Intelligence Node”. In addition to further developing their own skills in geospatial data management, the interns will play a vital role in supporting assigned programme sections with data collection, cleaning, processing, research and analysis of geo-spatial data. The knowledge, information and insights obtained from geospatial data are important for programme pillars/sections and stakeholders to make informed (evidence-based) strategic decisions. The interns, therefore, support the Data Intelligence Node, and respective programme pillars/sections sectors by strengthening geospatial data generation and use that is necessary for planning and programmatic decision making.

How can you make a difference?

The main purpose of the internship programme will be to support development of their professional experience, to expose the Interns to UNICEF work as well as to promote learning on child rights and equity. 

The Geospatial Data Intern is responsible for assisting in the collection, cleaning, processing and analysis of geospatial data to produce useful information products. 

The Geospatial Data Intern should be able to maintain and understand spatial data and should be familiar with working with both traditional and non-traditional sources of data. S/he should be organized and able to implement and manage geospatial data projects from start to finish. S/he should be able to present technical information and findings in a way that is easily understood by the sector members and the management, such as data visualization, mapping, narrative writing, and in-person communication.

Main Responsibilities and Tasks: 

  • Learn new developments in the application of geospatial data and technology to advance child rights and promote equity issues;

  • Engage in the timely preparation, maintenance, and provision of geospatial information requested by pillars/sections to which s/he is assigned;

  • Collect, process, and evaluate geospatial data including vector, raster and thematic data; create and update geodatabases; 

  • Assist in performing quality assurance 


    quality control (QA/QC) on all products generated and disseminated by the Data Intelligence Node including data and maps;

  • Participate in field data collection activities using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and mobile data collection applications; 

  • Assist in drone imagery acquisition, processing and preparation for analysis;

  • Provide support to programme monitoring activities, including on-line monitoring tools; 

  • As requested, support with the sharing of geospatial data with office sections, other UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the Malawi Government;

  • Produce and update information products such as charts, infographics, maps and thematic profiles to support planning, monitoring, communication, knowledge management and decision-making needs.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Post graduate student or recent graduate within the past two years with a minimum of university degree in geography, natural resources, health and agriculture/aquaculture, computer science, information systems or related subject with a strong component of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  

  • Applicants must have excellent academic performance demonstrated by recent university or institution records.

  • Proficiency in use of geospatial mapping software such as (Google Earth, ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, QGIS, use of Google sheets, data collection and maintenance experience with good knowledge of Microsoft excel would be desirable and an added advantage.
  • Additional consideration will be given for any past experience, specifically

     data collection and maintenance experience would be desirable and an added advantage but not a prerequisite.

How to Apply…..

Interested applicants should provide the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Motivation letter

  • Proof of studies/Certified copies of qualifications

  • References details

Interested applicants can access the full Terms of Reference here 


TOR for Data Intern Local – 2020 PPM.pdf

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