Vacancy: looking for a Geodata Expert

Vacancy: looking for a Geodata Expert

Geodatics is inviting applications for the position of GEODATA EXPERT (GDE) based in Nairobi (Kenya). 

(Extended) Deadline for submissions: 20 January 2017!


About Geodatics 
Geodatics is a social business start-up that integrates geodata, satellite data and farmer’s knowledge into tailor made advise for smallholder farmers, with the objective to improve their production, food security and income. Geodatics offers its services to other businesses that provide products or services to smallholders. 

During the initial development stages, Geodatics is partly funded by the ‘Geodata for Agriculture and Water’ (G4AW) program, a program that focus on improving food security in developing countries by using satellite data. See also The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is executing this program, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The Geodata expert will work with time-series of satellite images and extract seasonal signals, using state-of-the-art techniques. He/she will further develop the geodata processing scripts in R or equivalent to process relevant information for farmers. He/or she will update databases with latest images and weather data and ensures the quality of extracted weather data and time-series of image signals. Further, the Geodata expert oversees processing procedures and collates data to provide weekly updates of the status of the current growing season that can be communicated to farmers. The Geodata expert spots new means to determine landscape productivity and works in collaboration with partners on new techniques to extract information from better data, e.g. Sentinel 2 imagery.

The Geodata expert collates weather data and evaluates the validity of agronomic advice, which is generated on a day-to-day basis. He/she discusses the quality and theoretical underpinning of the services delivered with the Geodatics partners. The Geodata expert maintains server-based applications and databases, and will work in close relationship with Wageningen University and other Geodatics consortium partners. The Geodata expert is responsible for quality control procedures and reporting of quality to the Regional Project Manager


Key Tasks

  • Run, further develop and continuously update processing scripts to download and process imagery;
  • Download and process daily weather data;
  • Check quality of downloaded and processed data including weather information;
  • Keep updated on new methods for the processing of optical imagery;
  • Support and come up with initiatives for quality improvement and service development;
  • Collaborate and discuss processed data and outcomes with partners.

The ideal candidate


  • Degree in computer science, crop science or plant sciences;
  • Knowledgeable in crop management (preferable also in the relevant regions in Kenya and Tanzania), experience with crop models is strongly appreciated;
  • Able to program, write processing scripts in R or Python;
  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience, preferably in a multi-stakeholder setting;
  • Excellent general computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, E-mail and Internet);
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Personal characteristics

  • Confident, flexible, solution driven;
  • An inquisitive mind that is not afraid to explore new roads and take initiative;
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills, with eye for detail;
  • Ability to work independently and work well in a multi-disciplinary and international team;
  • Well organized, keeping to deadlines, pro-active and responsible.


How to apply
Letters of interest and CVs should be preferable sent electronically to, before the 20th of January 2017. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews. Please mention as subject: Application GDE Geodatics.

Posted on: 19 December 2016