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Benard Onyango

GIS Developer — Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Somalia

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Benard Onyango

GIS Developer

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Somalia

Experienced Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry. Skilled in Google Earth Engine, QGIS, ArcGIS, Python-Django,Geonode, R, JavaScript, GeoServer, PostGIS. Strong information technology professional currently pursuing a Doctorate degree focused on Web-GIS, Remote Sensing and Machine Learning from University of Nairobi. For more details on my expereince, check out my resume

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Experienced Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the international affairs industry. Skilled in Google Earth Engine, QGIS, ArcGIS, Python-Django,Geonode, R, JavaScript, GeoServer, PostGIS. Strong information technology professional currently pursuing a Doctorate degree focused on Web-GIS, Remote Sensing and Machine Learning from University of Nairobi. For more details on my expereince, check out my resume.

Education
University of Nairobi
Master's Degree

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

2017 - 2019

  • Recipient of University of Nairobi Scholarship
  • Gave back to the University by teaching R programming to third year Undergraduate Students
  • Thesis title: Towards Performance Improving Techniques of Web GIS: An Empirical Case Study of An NSDI Prototype Portal
University of Nairobi
Bachelor's Degree

Geospatial Engineering

2011 - 2016

  • Second Class Upper Honors
  • Project Title: Developing A Web Based GIS Application For Residential Real Estate Transactions. Case Study: Nairobi County
Maseno School
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

2006 - 2009

  • Grade: A minus (A -)
Employment
Food and Agriculture Organization,Somalia

GIS Developer

August 2019 - Present

Main Responsibilities
  • Support the interpretation of very high-resolution satellite images for detection for charcoal production sites in Somalia.

  • Contribute to the development of a SWALIM Geospatial online web portal that is running on Geonode.

  • Carry out remote sensing data interpretation tasks, including supervised image classification, onscreen digitization, extraction of features and generation of tabular information to support SWALIM and other FAO Somalia sectors.

  • Contribute to the quality checking of spatial datasets produced in water and land theme activities in relation to topology, attribute completeness, field definitions, metadata, projections and related maps and layout production.

  • Assist in producing scripts for image processing and analysis through Google Earth Engine and other web based geospatial platforms.

  • Develop training material and assist in organizing and undertaking GIS and Remote Sensing capacity building.

Lunar Arch Limited, Nairobi

Database Administrator

March 2018 - July 2019

Main Responsibilities
  • Assisted in publishing and maintaining layers in GeoServer.

  • Managed all the data sets in PostGIS.

  • Created triggers in PostGIS to automatically back up data.

  • Monitored the database by proactively resolving database issues and maintaining it.

  • Set up and controlled user profiles and access levels for each database segment to protect important data.

  • Performed quality checks on the data produced by my colleagues.

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

GIS Technician

December 2017 - February 2018

Main Responsibilities

  • I was mainly involved in the creation of Enumeration Area (EA) maps in preparation for the 2019 census.

Kenya Agricultural And Livestock Research Organization

Geographic Information Systems Specialist

February 2017 - August 2017

Main Responsibilities

  • Performing crop suitability analysis using QGIS and R

  • Creating Digital Soil Maps (DSM) using R

  • Creating a web mapping manual to assist colleagues understand the basic concepts of web mapping

Collaborative Crop Research Program, Kitale,

GIS Specialist

May 2016 - August 2016

Main Responsibilities

This was a Collaborative Crop Research Program on Small holder farmers in Trans Nzoia County in conjunction with African Maths Initiative.

  • Collect farm data from farmers using ODK.

  • In charge of the project’s GIS components.

  • Train research team members on open source GIS software.

  • Provide oversight and guidance to ensure creation of high-quality maps for each of the surveyed communities.

Awards/Accomplishments
University of Nairobi Scholarship

2017 - 2019

It was such an honor to be awarded a University of Nairobi Scholarship to pursue my masters education.

University of Nairobi Innovation Day

2016

Collaborated with a group of students during my undergraduate studies to build a web application for reporting crime in Nairobi County. We were awarded for this noble idea. The source code is available on my Github

Giving Back to the Society
  • Produced tutorials on GIS, programming, Google Earth Engine, PostGIS and GeoServer on my website and YouTube channel. These tutorials have been received positively by the online community based on the viewership and comments on the tutorials.

  • Managed to give back to my University by teaching my Masters classmates on Web Mapping and third year undergraduate students on R programming (See Dr.Onchaga and Prof. Karanja in the referee section).

Affiliations
  • Graduate Member, Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK), 2016 to Current.

Interests
  • Research

  • Web Mapping
  • Machine learning
  • Deep Learning
  • Guitar, Violin,Piano
  • Photography
Referees
  • Dr. Kennedy Were
    Research Scientist
    Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
    Telephone: +254 717 429 539
    Email: kenwerez@yahoo.com
    P.O. Box 14733-00800, NAIROBI.
  • Zachariah Mbasu
    Founder, African Maths Initiative
    Supervised the work at Collaborative Crop Research Program
    Telephone: +254 722 124 199
    Email: zmbasu@gmail.com
    P.O.Box 3429-40100, KISUMU
  • Prof. Faith Karanja
    Head of Department, Geospatial Engineering
    University of Nairobi
    Telephone: +254 720 240 987
    Email: faithkaranja@uonbi.ac.ke
    P.O.BOX 30197-00100, NAIROBI
  • Dr. Onchaga
    Lecturer Technical University of Kenya
    Email: onchagamoses@gmail.com
  • Thomas Muteti
    System Administrator, Lunar Arch Limited Email:
    thomas.muteti@gmail.com
Programming Skills
Python
JavaScript
R
Platforms/Frameworks
QGIS,ArcGIS,ENVI,ERDAS0
Google Earth Engine0
GeoServer0
PostgreSQL/PostGIS0
OpenLayer, Leaflet0
GeoExt, ExtJs0
Django0
Geonode0
Git0
Linux0
ODK0
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Language Skills

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English
Swahili
Luo

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It was awesome working with Benard on a number of innovative GIS tools and applications during our undergrad years at the University of Nairobi and after. His hands-on approach and deep knowledge of design and development of RS tools, GIS databases, and applications has earned him respect and recognition within the GIS and RS community. He is very supportive and is a highly motivated individual with an impeccable work ethic.
Benard is a diligent and intelligent professional, who has encouraged others through his ambition, intellect and hard work . He stands out in his academics and has a self drive when it comes to working in a project.

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