GIS Mapping for Disaster Risk Reduction / Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness project focuses on hazards like landslides, mudslides, earthquakes, wind storms, heavy rain, and flash floods, in various parts of India with associated destruction, deaths and suffering every year. Also these disasters constrain development in the region. The effects of these disasters are exacerbated by the lack of infrastructure, weak buildings and the isolation of some locations.
Our DMEP-CBDRR project supports transition to climate-resilient, low emission, sustainable development by improving land-use planning and forest and natural resource management and engaging communities in development of action plans to address climate risks and vulnerabilities.
Project team-members train communities through participatory activities to strengthen their capacity to prepare for, mitigate, and wherever possible, prevent natural hazards.
Volunteer – interns form a major part of our work teams. The GIS Intern is responsible for supporting GIS processing/analysis for collecting, consolidating and processing GIS data; preparing community risk assessment maps for adaptation which involves closely working with Disaster Management Authority, the Indian Red Cross Society, the local Governments, local UNDP staff, and other component/project staff.
The major duties & responsibilities of team-members (volunteer-interns) are to:
– Establish an Arc Info/ Arc View GIS system to record disaster based information for the target region.
– Populate the database with both available and field-collected data.
– Enable the generation of disaster hazard maps for designated area.
– Develop templates for field data collection according to the need of the GIS system.
– Digitize and geo-reference all the focus village and town maps into the GIS system (transform from raster to vector).
– Format and import all the vulnerability data into GIS and produce shape files for superimposition
– Review and remove all the errors after a field checking and comparison with remote sensing images.
– Design all the maps according to set template and legends
– University graduate / post-graduate in Environmental Studies, Geography, Geology, Urban planning, Disaster Management, Risk Management, Computer Science, or other technical fields
– Knowledge of / experience and interest in GIS Mapping
– Cross-cultural sensitivity and adaptation skills to be able work with local communities and authorities.
– Basic knowledge of English (oral and written);
– Willingness to conduct field trips to urban and rural areas (safe and peaceful regions).
– Ability to work independently and in a team and to build the capacity of local staff.
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