GIS Assistant Jobs at Bridge International Academies

On Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Description Position Title: GIS Assistant – contract
Location: Nairobi – Kenya

About Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is a for-profit startup company revolutionizing education across
Africa with a unique business model. The company runs a large-scale network of low-cost
primary schools in Kenya that significantly outperform other primary schools. Our schools
profitably deliver high-quality education for less than $5 per child per month, which enable the
schools to cover their costs and create a profitable central organization at scale. We have
launched 73 schools in Kenya, and will rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million
students across the continent.

Job Purpose: To be involved in digitization of buildings in neighbourhoods and creating
neighbourhood catchment maps.

Responsibilities (Functions and duties)

1. Digitization of buildings in neighborhoods where research is being conducted
2. Train research associates in the use of GPS devices for data collection
3. With guidance from the GIS officer, be involved in the analysis and interpretation of
spatial data
4. Link the field research data with mapping systems
5. Be involved in digitization of buildings and the determination of area under buildings in
the areas where is being done
6. Assist members of the research team in finding information GIS systems.
7. Find and fix errors in our GIS system based on information from the maps and/or the
8. Be involved in Providing GIS feedback to the research department on an ongoing basis,
so they can make better decisions
9. Export maps and data from the GIS system into reports for members of the research team

Role Reports:
Spatial Data Reports


• At least 1 year experience in digitization and working with GIS systems


Diploma / Degree in Geomatic Engineering

Specialist knowledge required:

  • Familiarity with GIS software such as ARCGIS, QGIS and Global Mapper
  • Knowledge and experience in analysis and interpretation of spatial data
  • Ability to identify and resolve potential or current problems with GIS systems and spatial
  • data
  • An independent critical thinker able to match research needs to spatial data

Behavioural competencies

  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Planning and organising skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work with a team
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet set deadlines
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask

Please DO NOT APPLY if you are not available immediately for a temporary contract.

In order to be considered for this position all candidates must register and upload their
CV’s on our website at

Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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