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CV GIS Database Assistant United Nations Development Programme UNDP UNOCHA Batticaloa Sri Lanka

GIS Database Assistant United Nations Development Programme UNDP UNOCHA Batticaloa Sri Lanka

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CV/Resume ID no.: 112095

Location (Residence): Kalmunai, Sri Lanka
Citizenship: Sri Lanka
  Native: Tamil
  Other: English
Education & Experience: Work Authorization & Relocation:
  Bachelors in 2009

Years of Experience: 4 years
Authorized to work in:
   Sri Lanka
Present Location:
   sri lanka, batticaloa
   UK (in particular)
Category Subcategory Ability Experience
IT/Communications GIS/Remote Sensing Basic 13 years
Other Labourer Trainee 1 year
CV/Resume Details
1. Summary (Cover Letter) - CV/Resume Part 1 [Mandatory]

I am working as a GIS/Database assistant in early recovery unit, UNDP – Batticaloa since July 2009. Apart from this, I have also worked at UNOCHA for 3years (2006-2009) period as as GIS/Database assistant. As an overall, I have more than 4 years of working experience and engaged in humanitarian/ early recovery assistance as well as GIS field in NGO sector and academic career.

My position as a GIS Assistant has provided me plenty of experience and firsthand knowledge in Mapping, Database management, Livelihood coordination at different levels, such as humanitarian, early recovery and development phases during different disasters namely tsunami, pre and post conflict situation at present. Similarly my position with UN OCHA and UNDP has given me vast knowledge on information management and general early recovery coordination in the affected districts.

Contributing significantly to the mapping and coordination in Batticaloa District, I have been playing an instrumental and dynamic role in the establishment, Information management system and guidance of an objective oriented, practical and long felt need of the district and divisional level livelihood coordination mechanism in Batticaloa. I am assisting in the collection and management of data entries and the use of standardized systems to support humanitarian operations and support other information-sharing protocols, such as share the standards and the use of standardized metadata. These standardized databases include: Who Does What Where, Contact Directory,. The current mechanism we have created here gives the leadership by closely Mapping Database management, Coordination & dissemination of information in early recovery, Disaster Management and livelihood activities both within the UN agencies, Government authorities, international and development agencies, which is well recognized and accepted by all stakeholders. This mapping work is a visionary approach towards achieving the goals of emergency response, Early Recovery and finally leading to sustainable development of marginalized and conflict related information within the parameters and policies set by the government.

I have also been able to successfully guide and implement the Government authorities by producing the information tools such as maps and databases. In addition to this, I have also digitized new shape file for survey department to plot new administrative maps and some development maps. Further to this, I have also been engaging in the preparation of giving shape files and maps to a newly conceptualized work with Survey department and Government agent of the district regarding the Division boundaries and GN Boundaries (villages’ boundary) in the resettled areas by Digitization.

In addition to mapping work, I have successfully implemented many livelihood related tools and matrices in the conflict affected areas by engaging fully in the identification, planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation stages and finally outlines the gaps and issues.
During my early recovery support I have supported eastern province district early recover information management coordination work. I have developed an early recovery database software which have 3W, Contact directory and need assessments information.

Further, I was able to contribute significantly to the upliftment and development of early recovery and livelihood interventions in the newly resettled areas with the participation of government and humanitarian actors.

My educational background has instilled in me the qualities required to meet the rigor of this demanding profession. Graduation in Agriculture has provided a strong foundation in understanding the environmental problems relating to waste, water, and air in different areas of life. During the course of my special undergraduate and Master’s period, I took up several research projects, which are described in my enclosed CV. Master of Science in Geo-Informatics at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka has not only given me a sound and firm grounding in GIS but also taught me the invaluable skills to manage, lead and collaborate effectively with people. Good reputation of high quality work in GIS and remote sensing environment and standards, an extremely distinguished team members are the factors, which have motivated me to carried out GIS carrier to certain level in that field.

Moreover, by being an UN staff, I have sound knowledge and understanding of the UN Systems particularly its security requirement and standards.

Finally I am a good team player who respects other cultures and ethnicity, able to coop up with any kind of volatile situations together with flexibility, self motivation, strong communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills.

I strongly believe that I will be able to apply my analilytical and strategic skills, knowledge and experience in achieving the optimum output and objective of the above position. I also believe that I will be able to practically apply my successful experience in terms of Mapping and Database field as well as in information management/coordination related work with giving a strong leadership to the UNDP early recovery unit, if I am given an opportunity.

2. Work Experience - CV/Resume Part 2 [Mandatory]


 GIS/Database Assistant
Employer: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
Period: 1st of July 2009 – to date
Functions: Overall Support the strengthening district-level early recovery/recovery coordination structures; and facilitate information-sharing and coordination of information inputs to intra-district, inter-district within Eastern province on early recovery/recovery.

 GIS/Database Assistant
Employer: United Nations Office for Coordinating and Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Duty Station: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
Period: 2nd of August 2006 – 31st June 2009
Functions: Overall support in Information Management Needs of Humanitarian agencies, Semi Governments departments & Government departments in Batticaloa district, Sri Lanka.

Fulfill the mapping needs in the District for Humanitarian action and Government Authorities

Thematic Mapping products: Internally Displaced Peoples locations and related mapping works, Disaster Management (flood, Tsunami), Returnees Trend and locations, Who Does what where Mapping.
Geographic Mapping products: Administrative maps for Government, Demographic maps, Land use Maps,

Overall Management of databases to maintain effective inventory of datasets in support of Humanitarian operator’s Government officials on their Humanitarian related tasks (especially in IDPs area and resettled areas of Batticaloa district, Sri Lanka).

 District Disaster Risk Management Officer
Employer: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Ampara, Sri Lanka
Period: 15th May 2006 to 1st August 2006.

 Assistant Lecturer (Temporary)
Employer: Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University of Sri Lanka (EUSL).
Duty Station: Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
Period: 1st April 2005 to 16th of May 2006.

 Field Assistant:
Employer: International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Duty Station: Batticaloa , Sri Lanka
Period: 26th of January 2005 to 1st April 2005

3. Education & Training - CV/Resume Part 3 [Mandatory]

 Completed MSc in Geo-informatics at the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. (Results Pending)

• Research Title:
Drought Risk Assessment in the Batticaloa District using Remote Sensing and GIS in Synergy

 Completed BSc in Agriculture, (Second Class Upper) at the Eastern University of Sri Lanka.

• Research Title:
Development of a Time-Series Modeling Methodology to Forecast Cropping Times of Paddy in the Batticaloa District using Rainfall Data.

 Research interests:
Remote sensing, GIS tools, Natural Disaster Management dynamics, , Wetland/lagoon dynamics, Socio-environmental issues, Urbanization, Environmental management systems, Geophysical processes, Social-geography, Man-nature interfaces, Social development focusing on sustainable interfaces with nature.

• Mapping Experience

Title: Mapping all the tsunami damaged infrastructures, water resources, tsunami IDP welfare centers and all other important locations for the purpose of rapid recovery efforts in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
Institute: Eastern University of Sri Lanka (EUSL) in collaboration with ZOA Refugee Care, Sri Lanka Water and Infra Foundation (SRILWIF) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
Period: September 2005 to November 2005

• Research experience

Research No: 01
Title: Assessment of ground water contamination and health impacts in coastal areas of Batticaloa Sri Lanka.
Institute: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Utah State University, Utah, US, Eastern University of Sri Lanka (EUSL) and the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka (RUSL)
Period: September 2005 to November 2005

Research No:02
Title: Coordinating Rice Variety Trial (CRVT)
Institute: Eastern University of Sri Lanka (EUSL)
Period: September 2005 to March 2006

• Practical Field Experiences in Agriculture:

Title: Agronomy Farm Management (Nursery management, Variety trial and Genetic tests in highland crops, Variety trial and Genetic tests in highland crops, Labour Management, Aftercare operation and post harvesting techniques.
Institute: Eastern University of Sri Lanka (EUSL)
Period: January 2004 to June 2004

Title: Training in operation and handling of farm machineries and tractor driving (one month full time residential course).
Institute: Farm Mechanization and Training Center (FMTC) Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Period: 12th May to 10th June 2002

 Volunteerism:

Title: Teacher Science and Chemistry
Institute: Carmel Fatima College, Kalmunai, Sri Lanka
Period: 1999-2001

4. Computer Skills - CV/Resume Part 4 [Mandatory]
 Diploma in computer science:

• Obtained D 3C in National Certificate in Computer application (Basic level) Examination 1998.

• Experience in working with MS–Office, Arc GIS, ERDAS, Adobe packages, and Multimedia and some statistical packages (SPSS, MINITAB, etc), Irrigation programming packages (CROPWAT).

• Ability to deal any computer packages.
5. Other Skills - CV/Resume Part 5 [Optional]
 2006 - 2007: Successfully completed the MSc in Geo-informatics
Studies I have conducted following subjects

MSC Subjects:

Remote Sensing
Geographic Information System
Spatial Modeling
Spatial management
Global Positioning Systems
Spatial Statistics
Microwave remote sensing
Photogrammetry, Cartography
Thematic Mapping
Digital Image analysis
Hydrology & Meteorology

 2001 - 2004: Successfully completed the BSc Degree programme in Agriculture. Field of specialization:

Hydrology, Meteorology and Irrigation, Geo-informatics, Environmental Modeling, Natural Resource Management.
6. Additional Information - CV/Resume Part 6 [Optional]
Awards & Prizes:

• Sornammah Rasamani Namasivayam Memorial Award-2006:
Awarded for the best research conducted by final year students of the Faculty of Agriculture, Eastern University of Sri Lanka - 2003/2004.
• Sarasavi School Scholarship – for the Performance in G.C.E (A/L) examination held in 1999.
• Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship for the performance in G.C.E (A/L) examination held in 1998


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GIS Database Assistant United Nations Development Programme UNDP UNOCHA Batticaloa Sri Lanka
CV/Resume ID no.: 112095

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