Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist, PCP4NbS

TitleGeographic Information System (GIS) Specialist, PCP4NbS 
Monthly Salary PhP 70,000.00 to 75,000.00 (gross) 
Allowances and Benefits1. Mandatory government contributions
2. Insurances (life, accident, and health)
3. Sick leave conversion
4. Monthly allowance
5. Annual clothing allowance
Duty StationOn-site reporting in Makati, with occasional field work in project sites
Deadline for ApplicationsJune 7, 2024


Forest Foundation Philippines (doing business as Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF), Inc.) is a non-stock, non-profit, non- governmental organization that provides grants and technical assistance to organizations and individuals that empower the people to protect and conserve the forests.


The Philippines is a megadiverse country, yet it is considered a biodiversity hotspot and one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis. Majority of the population is exposed to hazards such as flooding, cyclones, droughts, and landslides, while the adverse impacts on vulnerable groups are amplified by gender inequalities and threats to natural resources.

The Philippines-Canada Partnership on Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Climate Adaptation (PCP4NbS) is a new program of Forest Foundation Philippines in partnership with the Government of Canada. The program will be implemented between 2024 to 2028, and targets the three wins of biodiversity conservation, climate adaptation, and ensuring gender equality in natural-resource management. 

PCP4NbS aims to achieve (1) improved decision-making and gender-responsive climate change adaptation planning, practices, and governance of community- and nature-based solutions (NbS); and (2) enhanced adoption of gender-responsive NbS with biodiversity co-benefits for climate adaptation of women and communities. Ultimately, the program seeks to contribute to strengthening climate resilience of communities, particularly rural and indigenous women, while ensuring co-benefits for natural resources and healthy ecosystems.

PCP4NbS will employ a participatory, holistic, and transdisciplinary form of natural-resource management, targeting project sites that have rich biodiversity and high climate vulnerability. Collaboration with Canadian institutions, both academic and from the private sector, will also be pursued for cross-sectoral partnerships and collective mobilization of knowledge and resources. Additional information on the program is available here.

To contribute to the program, the Foundation is calling for applications for a Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist.


The Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist is a technical expert in the development and implementation of systems and databases for geodata. The GIS Specialist will be involved in analysis, map-making, and data management for the Forest Foundation, and place particular focus on the GIS needs of the PCP4NbS program.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the supervising officer and working collaboratively with other PCP4NbS and relevant Foundation staff, the GIS Specialist will:

  1. Lead in determining the geospatial needs of the Foundation, and of the PCP4NbS program, and the corresponding scope in collecting, analyzing, and maintaining spatial and other data.
  2. Collect spatial and other data from the field relevant to projects using GPS, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or other data gathering devices.
  3. Search and gather spatial and other datasets, including, but not limited to, vector data, aerial photos, and remote sensing products. 
  4. Perform pre-processing methods, spatial analysis and/or other geospatial processing.  
  5. Make use of GIS and other spatial software to create/update and produce maps and other knowledge products, in coordination with the Knowledge Management Officer.
  6. Store, organize, and properly manage the database composed of spatial and other data sets. 
  7. Develop a web-based platform for systematic management of spatial and other data that can be accessed by program stakeholders.
  8. Prepare presentations and reports based on project assessments and evaluation, in collaboration with relevant staff and partners. 
  9. Ensure accuracy and currency of spatial and other data through periodic review. 
  10. Perform tasks assigned by the supervising officer, as needed in the attainment of the program objectives.


The assignment will be for the duration of the PCP4NbS program. There will be a 6-month probation period, after which a substantive evaluation will be carried out. The individual contract will be reconfirmed annually by the Executive Director.

The assignment will primarily be based in the Foundation’s office in Makati City, with occasional work in project sites.


The GIS Specialist will receive a compensation commensurate with qualifications and professional experience. Basic salary will range from PhP 70,000.00 to 75,000.00 (gross) monthly. Benefits will include mandatory government contributions, insurance (life, accident, and health), sick leave conversion, monthly allowance, and clothing allowance.

As an employer, the Foundation offers:

  1. Clear, engaging, and empowering work assignments
  2. Dynamic and enabling learning environment
  3. Transparent and agile performance management  
  4. Collaborative, capable, and sustainable teams and leadership
  5. Holistic staff well-being initiatives


The GIS Specialist must have:

  1. An undergraduate degree in geographic information systems, cartography, or a related field;
  2. GIS certification;
  3. Excellent communication and analytical skills; and 
  4. Basic understanding of gender dynamics in executing duties and responsibilities.

Technical Competencies

  1. GIS Software Management
  2. Database Management
  3. Map Development
  4. Report and Presentation Preparation
  5. Web-based Mapping

Non-Technical Competencies

Achieving excellence

  • Results-orientation
  • Planning and organizing
  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving
  • Adaptability
  • Ingenuity

Working with others

  • Teamwork
  • Influence
  • Communication

Living out organizational values

  • Stewardship
  • Integrity


Interested applicants are requested to send an application addressed to Atty. Alaya de Leon, Program Manager, PCP4NbS, through on or before June 7, 2024.  Indicate “GIS SPECIALIST – PCP4NbS” as the subject of the email.

Applicants must submit the following through email:

  1. One-page letter of intent, addressed to Atty. Alaya de Leon, Program Manager, PCP4NbS; 
  2. Curriculum vitae (3-5 pages only);
  3. Sample written and other work demonstrating relevant experience, if any; and 
  4. List of at least three character references.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Foundation.