Odiwuor - GIS Specialist - Kisumu, Kenya

Holiance Odiwuor

Kisumu, Kenya


I am diligent, self driven and always eager to learn person. With a background in environmental science, I enjoy field work; engaging with farmers, development agencies practitioners and more importantly researchers.

My interests are in biodiversity, particularly within agroecosytems, climate change and application of GIS tools in research and resource management.


GIS Specialist


I have hands on experience on GIS enganging in field data collection using GPS, Geo-database management, performing spatial and geo-spatial analysis using ArcGIS. Additionally have knowledge of open source programs such as Quantum GIS (QGIS).

Work History

Field assistant

Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

November 2013 - June 2014

Lower Nyando Basin
Worked under a PhD student on the collaborative research project between World
Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Maseno University. The project studies the contribution of smallholder
livestock systems to greenhouse gas emissions.
I was involved in the baseline survey conducting household profile enumeration;
collected livestock feeds samples, collected and treated milk samples, and measured livestock weights and assigned body condition scores (BCS) for

Field Assistant

World Agroforestry Centre

May 2012 - September 2013

(ICRAF), Kisumu, Kenya;
Assisted PhD students on the collaborative research project with climate change
division of the World Agroforestry Centre and the biogeochemistry group at Cornell
University under Professor Johannes Lehmann. The project looked at the mitigation and adaptation potentials of soils C sequestration to climate change and the interactions between soil quality, nutrient cycling, and water quality at the landscape-level in managed and natural ecosystems.
Conducted and maintained field and greenhouse experiments; collected,
organized, processed and archived soil, plant tissue, and water samples;
laboratory analysis of water, soil, and plant samples; collected data from hydrologic and meteorological instrumentation; collected and processed data
using GPS and arcGIS from natural and managed watersheds.
Output, a journal paper co-authored with David T. Guerena and others titled
Landscape-scale movement of terrestrial pyrogenic carbon following land-use change in headwaters of the White Nile watershed of East Africa. (Yet to be published)


Swedish Cooperative Centre

May 2011 - August 2011

-Vi Agroforestry project, Kisumu, Kenya
Provision of advisory services to farmers concerning sustainable land husbandry; the collaboration with farmers in designing micro-catchments for harvesting
rainwater; assisting farmers with designing soil conservation measures and tree
nursery management.
Successfully oversaw the construction of terraces, retention ditches and crescent
micro-catchments for demonstration at Nyokado Self Help Group.

Field assistant

Cornell University Biochar Project

July 2010 - August 2010

western Kenya
Field assistant for Cornell University graduate students working with the World
Agroforestry Centre.
Mapped watersheds using GPS collected household data of farm ownership and farming practices within agricultural field experiments. Assisted with the harvest of agricultural field experiments.
August 2009 Enumerator; Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
Conducted enumeration of households in Kamser 'A' village during the 2009
population and housing census of Kenya.

Secretary and Committee member

Committee Kenyatta University Environmental Club

September 2010 - April 2011

Constitutional Review
Committee Kenyatta University Environmental Club (KUNEC);
Participated in the review and draft of Kenyatta University
Environmental Club constitution

Nature Kenya
LANGUAGES: English, Kiswahili and Dholuo

GIS Consultant

Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security

From August 2009

Spearheaded community satellite data image interpretation and visioning, and note
taking. Output is a working titled Village Baseline Study: Site Analysis Reportt for
Makueni - Wote, Kenya (KE0202) http://hdl.handle.net/10568/33463

management practices, production

International Livestock Research Institute

Up to August 2014

(ILRI), Lower Nyando
Conducted household baseline survey for collaborative small ruminant breeds project between ILRI and Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The data
was captured on a open data kit (ODK) an open source mobile data application to collect information on livestock breeds, management practices, production and
market, diseases and veterinary services.
1st - 5th July 2014 GIS Training Consultant; Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project II
Taught and demonstrated to the participants how: to collect field data using Garmin
GPS gadgets; to transfer GPS data to and from a computer; to clean, edit collected
data and to convert into various file types (e.g. shp, kml, txt, gpx and csv) using
different GIS applications such as MapSource, Google earth, dnrgps and ArcGIS.

Qualifications & Certifications

Environmental Science

Kenyatta University

Development and Management

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources

Management Seminar

Swedish Cooperative Centre

Disaster Management

Cefored Institute of Relief and Development

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