DAI International Job Vacancy: GIS Programmer - Jakarta, Indonesian

GIS Programmer

DAI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining excellence in technical and operational project management, and exceptional customer service to solve our clients’ most complex problems. Since 1970, DAI has worked in 150 developing and transition countries, providing comprehensive development solutions in areas including crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS, avian influenza control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change.

DAI, an international consulting firm based in the United States, is currently accepting applications from candidates for a Climate and Weather Information Specialist position in Jakarta to support the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Adaptasi Perubahan Iklim dan Ketangguhan Project in Indonesia (APIK).  APIK will support the Government of Indonesia to strengthen climate and disaster resilience, working in an integrated manner from the national level down to the community level. APIK will help to mainstream climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction into national and sub-national governance frameworks, build the capacity of local communities and the private sector to address climate change and weather-related natural hazards, and support the use of information for climate and disaster risk management among key stakeholders.

Task 3 focuses on the collection, packaging, and dissemination of climate and weather information (CWI) services. Better climate and weather information systems are fundamental to fostering place-based resilience across the archipelago, saving lives in the near term (i.e. disaster risk reduction) while supporting better planning and public investment in the medium to long term (i.e. climate change adaptation).

Based on 2016’s APIK’s CWIS Assessment Report, many BMKG product aren’t deliver in specific geographical level & specific user perspective. For example, the farmers need to access the monthly seasonal rainfall prediction, for his/her village/sub-district context. The climate information (i.e. seasonal prediction) was produced in the Bulletin form (hardcopy) or in PDF format (softcopy). The dissemination methodology is conducted by circulating the printed version to several government agencies, with the expectations that local governments will spread it again to the farmers. During our assessment, we found out that this method is less run optimally.

On the other hand, BMKG Climatological Station, still suffer to collect the rainfall data from rainfall post due to manual process. For example, Climatological Station Malang (Karangploso) need to collect ± 1000 rainfall post all around East Java Province and this process is still runs manually (using manual rain gauge instrument observation). After the data is being collected, BMKG staff need time to compile the data, added seasonal prediction result (ECMWF model) runs by BMKG Head Office, compare it with the local data, and predict for the future 1-2 months ahead for monthly accumulative rainfall, generate the maps (for whole East Java), and breakdown into city/district level. Whereas, the information generated, can actually be displayed in sub-district or village coverage. But because the process is still manual, BMKG cannot do that for every month.

Therefore, APIK planned to support BMKG to develop tools (software/script) to automate those process so the information can be produce faster, and into more detail spatial resolution (i.e. sub-district level). In line with the development of provincial websites that are also developed by APIK, the results of this tool will also supply data per district / village to the BMKG Provincial Website.

Objectives and Duties:

  • To develop software/script to support the automation of the seasonal prediction & analysis produced by BMKG Climatological Station.
  • To produce tools that supports BMKG Provincial Website, to produce more specific rainfall information down to sub-district/village level.
  • Train the local BMKG Staff at Malang Climatological Station to use the tools.

  • Software/script that have following functionalities:
    • Automation to Interpolate the points rainfall dataset (historical or prediction/future) into a shapefile format
    • Automation to generate maps from interpolated data into a desired map layout (format: jpeg/png/pdf)
    • Automation to generate csv/json/xml datagrid per city/district & village/sub-district, from rainfall shapefile dataset

  • Min. Bachelor Degree (Preferred in Geodetic Engineer/Geoscience), others are welcome if have strong knowledge or experience below.
  • 1-3 year(s) experienced in GIS Programming
Experienced with:

  • QGIS
  • Python Scripting
Base of Operations:

  • Jakarta, Indonesia

  • The GIS Programmer will report to Climate Information Services Advisor
The GIS programmer expected to join for 4 months.

Application Send:
Interested applicants are invited to send their CV to APIK_Recruitment@dai.com. Please send applications no later than 20 May 2017. Applicants are instructed to write “GIS Programmer – NAME” as the Subject line of their email. We regret that we are unable to acknowledge receipt of all applications and only shortlisted candidates will be notified.