WWF International Job Vacancy: Spatial Planning and GIS Manager - Yangon, Myanmar


Position title: Spatial Planning and GIS Manager, WWF-Myanmar

Reports to: Conservation Director

Technically reports to: DTL Landscape Manager

Supervises: GIS Officer

Location: Yangon, Myanmar

WWF Myanmar was established in 2013 and is working to conserve the country’s biodiversity and build a secure and sustainable future for people and wildlife. The focus is on promoting green economy into national policies and to sustain and protect biodiversity and connectivity of the transboundary Dawna Tennasserim Landscape (DTL) through an integrated landscape approach.

The DTL contains some of the most remarkable biodiversity on earth and is a key site for the protection of some of the worlds most endangered species including Tigers, Asian Elephants, the Gurney’s Pitta and several other endemic species. The landscape also contains one of the largest protected area networks in South East Asia formed by the contiguous Western Forest Complex and Kaeng Krachen Forest Complex in Thailand. Additional protected areas are proposed for the large pristine but unprotected forests in Myanmar.

This will secure connectivity between the protected area complexes in Thailand and sustain the extraordinary biodiversity in the landscape. The Thai side of the landscape though containing a well-functioning network of protected areas also see highly developed land in between these areas and connectivity in the landscape is therefore depending on the much less developed Myanmar side. WWF is seeking an experienced spatial planning person to lead our work on integrated landscape planning that will ensure connectivity in the remarkable landscape.

Major Function
The Spatial Planning and GIS Manager will ensure WWF Myanmar’s conservation programme is effectively supported with the appropriate spatial data and spatial analysis tools needed to achieve our ambitious conservation programme. The position will also lead the engagement with target stakeholders within the Dawna Tennasserim Landscape (DTL) in integrated spatial planning activities. This includes identifying key areas of intervention and related data gaps, and facilitating landscape planning and vision discussions with key stakeholders. This role involves coordinating information sharing opportunities relevant to WWF’s programme; planning, management and implementation of stakeholder engagement activities, and identifying monitoring indicators.

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead the GIS unit and provide needed data and technical support to the office
  • Support the development of a vision for the DTL with buy in from Union Government and Karen National Union (KNU)
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  • Consult with stakeholders and gather information that can feed into the landscape and land use planning processes
  • Facilitate stakeholder meetings and consultations on integrated landscape planning and management through scenario development with tools such as InVest
  • Maintain close relationships with Government, KNU, civil society and other NGOs and promote coordination and collaboration on systematic data gathering and sharing
  • Conduct stakeholder consultations with the aim of establishing key conservation corridors with developed land use plans
  • Lead the work on ecosystem service mapping and natural capital assessments to support landscape discussions
  • Lead the organisation and implementation of capacity building of Union Government and KNU departments in relation to ecosystem services, landscape planning and GIS
  • Interact with donors, government, shareholders, and other partners as necessary in coordinating information, activities and attending external events/meetings in the region
Other duties and responsibilities

  • Participate in proposal development
  • Prepare technical reports on relevant programmes and projects when required
  • Provide detailed technical support to the monitoring and evaluation of the landscape conservation strategy
The Spatial Planning and GIS Manager will report to the Conservation Director, and work in close collaboration with the DTL Landscape Manager and the landscape team as well as other WWF Myanmar team members.


  • Education and Qualification
    • Master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in GIS, remote sensing, spatial planning, natural resources, environmental management, development studies, or other relevant technical fields.
    • Expert knowledge in landscape conservation and spatial planning
  • Experience
    • At least five years’ practical experience in stakeholder engagement, integrated landscape planning, preferably in Myanmar, South or Southeast Asia.
    • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and with key regional, national and international institutions
  • Skills and expertise
    • Advanced technical/professional knowledge and skills in GIS, integrated spatial landscape/ land use planning, including use of tools such as InVEST, and GLOBIL
    • Strong managerial skills, including applying strategic direction, planning and motivation of team members
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  • Experience in training and capacity-building, particularly in areas relevant to geospatial data collection, management and analysis.
  • Networking, building working relationships with various stakeholders and communicating effectively
  • Strategic thinking and ability to deliver constructive feedback
Closing Date:Open until filled. - 31 May 2017

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, curriculum vitae and stating the position title in English to: WWF Myanmar, No. 15/C Than Thaman Road , Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar (or) Email: vacancy.mm@wwfgreatermekong.org.