Job Title  Historian




Land Information and Mapping Division 
Location  Head Office


Salary Band Four(4)


Objective The objective will be coordinate the following information

  • Gather historical data from various sources, including archives, books, and artifacts
  • Analyze and interpret historical information to determine its authenticity and significance
  • Trace historical developments in a particular field
  • Engage with the public through educational programs and presentations
  • Archive or preserve materials and artifacts in museums, visitor centers, and historic sites
  • Provide advice or guidance on historical topics and preservation issues
  • Write reports, articles, and books on findings and theories


Main Responsibilities  

  1. Organize land related data and information, and analyze and interpret its authenticity and relative significance.


  1. Gather historical land related data and information from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as collect data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals.


  1. Trace historical development in a particular field, such as social, cultural, political, or diplomatic history.


  1. Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.


  1.  Teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, museums, and other research agencies and schools.


  1. Conduct historical research, and publish or present findings and theories.


  1. Engage various groups, organizations, and clubs in order to promote the aims and activities of historical societies.


  1. Prepare publications and exhibits, or review those prepared by others in order to ensure their historical accuracy.


  1. Research the history of land related information


  1. Present historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.


  1. Determine which topics to research, or pursue research topics specified by the Commission’s clients


  1. 13) Research and prepare manuscripts in support of public programming and the development of exhibits at historic sites, museums, libraries, and archives.


  1. Advise or consult with individuals and institutions regarding issues such as the historical authenticity of land related data and information and materials or the customs of a specific historical period.


  1. Translate or request translation of reference materials.


  1. Collect detailed information on individuals for use in biographies of staff and clients where necessary.


  1. Interview people in order to gather information about historical events, and to record oral histories.


  1. 18) Recommend actions related to historical equipment, maps etc. such as which items to add to a collection or which items to display in an exhibit.


  1. Coordinate and advise on activities of staff engaged in archiving, cataloging and filing materials.


  1. Other related duties that may be assigned.


Working and reporting relationships Reports to:

·         Manager, Land Information and Mapping Division


Working relationships (internal):

·         Mangers and senior staff


Job specifications


Possesses at least 4 GCE “O” Level/CXC/equivalent passes, with a pass in English Language (General).


Possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in History or related field



Experience and Knowledge:

Previous experience in related field would be an asset


He/she must be computer literate and proficient in using Microsoft Office.


Must have good interpersonal and research skills


Personal characteristics:

He/she should have procedural or systematic proficiency, with an understanding of general office work routines and procedures.  As the position involves direct dealing with confidential personnel information, he/she must demonstrate the utmost confidentiality


He/She should possess the following skills:


Analytical skills. Must be able to examine the information and data in historical sources and draw logical conclusions from them, whether the sources are written documents, visual images, or material artifacts.


Communication skills. Communication skills are important for this position because many give presentations on their historical specialty to the public. Historians also need communication skills when they interview people to collect oral histories, consult with clients, or collaborate with colleagues in the workplace.


Problem-solving skills. He/ She will be required to answer questions about the past and would be required to decipher historical information; or identify how the past has affected the present.


Research skills. He/ She must be able to examine and process information from a large number of historical documents, texts, and other sources.


Writing skills. He/She must be able present their findings in reports, articles, and books in an appropriate format