Advancing Womens Prosperity in the Workplace through Technical and Soft Skills in Environmental Science and Geospatial Technologies

Project: Research project

Project Details


SERVIR is a partnership with NASA, USAID, and regional, technical institutions around the world that empowers people with satellite data, predictive models, and science and technology to improve environmental decision-making. SERVIR is building capacity among developing nations in Eastern and Southern Africa, South Asia, the lower Mekong region in Southeast Asia, West Africa, and the Amazonia region.
The overall objective of this 3-year effort under the NASA/USAID/SERVIR partnership is capacity building and to advance technical and soft skills for underrepresented groups, most notably women, in the workplace in environmental science and geospatial technologies. This effort will see participation in the development and deployment of an online curriculum for geospatial skills, group modular training workshops at SERVIR partner sites, and additional capacity building projects in the environmental science and geospatial technologies research.
In your response, please provide a 3-year plan to include:
Professional development with emphasis on improving soft skills such as leadership and confidence;
Linking participants to experienced mentor networks and facilitating mentorship opportunities;
Providing technical training in geospatial domains; and
Providing mentoring opportunities to support and guide female students.
USRA requests that the substantive geospatial and scientific content in the training align with and reinforce ongoing SERVIR priorities for incorporating gender-sensitive design, dissemination and uptake of environmental information so that all people, in particular underrepresented populations, are able to use that information to build resilience.
Year 1 will include an online learning opportunity in the form of a self-paced curriculum that focuses on the critical technical knowledge needed to advance in geospatial science careers.
Year 2 will include the selection of two associates in Africa, in-person training of no less than 1-week at two separate SERVIR Hub sites.
Year 3 will include selection of an associate in Latin America, week-long training at a SERVIR Hub site, and a technical project.
A list of deliverables required is included below.
Consultations with ASU team, SERVIR stakeholders, and Hubs.
Work plan
A project website
An online self-paced curriculum
Three associates of 24 Early Career Participants (one associate per region)
Three tailored workshops of one-week in-person training
Inclusion of participants in mentoring networks
Women-led projects using environmental science and geospatial tools or results to address a relevant theme or aim of regional Hubs
Alumni network
Annual reports
Final report
Workshops in Nairobi, Kenya, Accra, Ghana; and Cali, Columbia.
Effective start/end date8/12/2012/31/20


  • NASA: Marshall Space Flight Center: $639,484.00


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