Soil Information Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization

Lusaka, Zambia

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: HR and Admin

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Country Representative, and the guidance of the Assistant FAOR - Programmes, in coordination with the project LTO and project Lead Technical Unit (NSL), the National Soil Information and Data Consultant will support the development of spatiotemporal national soil information, including high-resolution nutrient and nutrient budget maps, using advanced geospatial tools and software, on the Soil mapping for resilient agrifood systems in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa (SoilFER) project in Zambia. Furthermore, the consultant will be responsible for supporting the development of digital soil maps, based on soil survey data, and integrating soil data into decision support tools and applications for farmers and local institutions. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the AFAOR-P, the National Project Coordinator and the SoilFER Overall Project Manager at FAO-HQ.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Specifically, the Soil Information Specialist will undertake the following tasks on the assigned project
  • Supervise data collection, systematization and harmonization of soil maps and legacy data (in coordination with existing institutions and initiatives in Zambia).
  • Support the design and supervision of soil surveys and sampling at the national level, using advanced soil survey techniques and methodologies, to generate high-quality soil data and associated metadata, through rigorous quality control and quality assurance measures and in collaboration with the soil laboratory experts
  • Supporting the development of digital soil maps, based on soil survey data, and integrating soil data into decision support tools and applications for farmers and local institutions 
  • Support the design and supervision of a soil monitoring system, including the selection of monitoring sites, to be implemented through the establishment of a national soil spectral library and estimation service 
  • Support capacity development in digital soil mapping and modeling
  • Facilitate the organization of workshops on soil data with stakeholders and partners
  • Liaise with the project team to ensure timely delivery of survey outputs, including data, maps, scripts, reports and training sessions
  • Perform any other duties as assigned in the Representation
Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following
Minimum Requirements:
  • University Degree in Agricultural/Soil Science, Geographical Information Systems, Computer Science, or any related field.
  • At least 3 years of experience in digital mapping and analysis.
  • Working knowledge of English and the official language of the country
  • ​​​​​​​National of the country
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Familiarity with digital soil mapping or development of digital maps in general 
  • Familiarity with use of GIS software and high-level programming languages like Python and R. 
  • Familiarity with remote and proximal sensing technologies.
  • Familiarity with spatial and non-spatial data analysis, and data visualization
Selection Criteria
  • Prior experience working with FAO or any UN agency.