Researcher & GIS Officer

at International Peace Information Service
Published November 7, 2022
Location Antwerp, Belgium
Category General  
Job Type Full Time  



IPIS is recruiting a Researcher & GIS Officer, starting as soon as possible

This is a 90% FTE permanent contract. The recruitment will also serve to establish a small recruitment base for additional hirings for long and short term contracts. Therefore, eligible candidates are highly encouraged to participate.

Job description: Based in the IPIS office in Antwerp, you will carry out research projects and capacity enhancement activities on issues related to peace, development and human rights. You will disseminate structured information and analysis through written publications, presentations, and maps. You will specifically execute research projects related to the (ir)responsible sourcing of natural resources, often in close collaboration with partner organizations in sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to this, you will be part of the IPIS GIS team, assisting other researchers in collecting, interpreting, and visualising data in multiple projects. You will contribute to the management of IPIS’ geographic databases, support other researchers in interpreting data and produce statistics, visualisations, web- and printed maps. You will help conceive and optimise the data workflow of the various projects IPIS is involved in.


Deliver structured information and analysis based on desk and field research
Develop and deliver capacity enhancement projects with partner organizations in sub-Saharan Africa
Secure project funding to ensure the continuity of IPIS’ research projects
Perform administrative tasks as needed, such as project management and reporting

Technical skills:

Demonstrated experience in data treatment and analysis using GIS software (e.g. QGIS).
Experience in managing rounds of data collection using PostgreSQL, PostGIS or similar; experience with Open Data portals or (OGC) standards for data sharing is an asset.
Knowledge of programming languages for performing and automating data analysis (e.g. R, Python) is highly desirable; experience with Jupyter Notebooks and Git is an asset.
Publication tools using InDesign or similar are an asset.
Web map programming: CSS, HTML, JavaScript libraries such as Leaflet, Mapbox JS and Mapbox GL JS, D3.js or similar are an asset.
Mobile Data Collection: experience with ODK, KoBo or similar is an asset.


Master’s degree with a preference for social sciences, social geography, development economics or related fields


A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience

Experience in developing and delivering training and other interactive information sessions

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