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Capacity Development Lead

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

Job Summary

Responsible for hub activities that develop and increase the capabilities of member States and other stakeholders to work with Earth observation data for societal benefit.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 7 years

Job Description/Requirements

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is an Intergovernmental organization which provides services in surveying, mapping, remote sensing, GIS and ICT to its member States, partners and clients. It currently has twenty member States in
the Eastern and Southern Africa Region.

Our Mission is to Strengthen Member States and our stakeholder’s capacity through Generation, Application and Dissemination of Geo-information and Allied Technologies for sustainable development.

The Centre hosts the SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa Hub; an initiative that utilizes earth observation data and geospatial technologies to generate information for managing climate risks, water and water related disasters, and land use change.

RCMRD wishes to fill the following vacant positions under the SERVIR E&SA Project with duty station in Nairobi:

1. Capacity Development Lead
The Capacity Development Lead will primarily be responsible for hub activities that develop and increase the capabilities of member States and other stakeholders to work with Earth observation data for societal benefit.

Duties and responsibilities
a) Design and implementation of comprehensive capacity building programs in application of earth observation/remote sensing, GIS, and geo-information related fields in environmental disciplines.
b) Coordination of training programs targeted at decision makers, policy makers, professionals and graduate level students in environmental sciences, water and water related disasters, climate change, land use management, ecosystem management, wildlife
ecology and management etc.
c) Building and institutionalizing the technical capacity of decision-makers in the geoinformation related fields.
d) Engagement and collaboration with national and international institutions in the field of training and capacity development in earth observation, applied remote sensing and GIS, with a view to developing collaborations that foster strong content development.
e) Promotion of the different modules of the capacity building program in the Eastern & Southern Africa region, with a view to encouraging the application of different tools, data and products developed by RCMRD.
f) Coordination of capacity building needs assessments and maintenance of all capacitydevelopment related inventories.
g) Work with the Training Section at RCMRD to assist in the development of trainingprograms.

Qualifications and experience
a) At least a Masters’ degree in Remote Sensing, Earth Observation, GIS, Geo-SpatialInformation with a strong bias to applications in environmental sciences, water resources, food security, disaster management and/or natural resources management, with at least 7
years’ experience in training and capacity building initiatives in such fields.
b) Knowledge in earth observation/remote sensing and GIS applications, with demonstrated experience in training using such tools in environment, climate, weather, water resources, hydrology, ecosystems, forest resources and/or species distribution modelling disciplines
etc.
c) Demonstrated experience in development of a comprehensive capacity building program in remote sensing and GIS applications – both basic theory and practice. The capacity to develop training materials and provide editorial oversight over such materials is an added
advantage.
d) Excellent coordination skills with the ability to organize and direct multi-disciplinary training programs that apply geo-information technologies and related fields in environment, climate, weather, water resources, hydrology, ecosystems, forest resources
and/or species distribution modelling disciplines. Experience in organizing and coordinating training workshops would be an added advantage.
e) Ability to work with different technical persons/sections to develop content appropriate for feeding into a capacity development program.
f) Project management experience, including a proven record of productive engagement with government institutions, NGOs and scientists would be an added advantage.
g) Ability to coordinate capacity building needs assessments and market studies.
h) Strong written and verbal communication skills in English, demonstrable by published work in reputable media (peer reviewed journals, published reports etc) in the respective field of specialization.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit their applications, along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as copies of relevant certificates and testimonials to:
Director General,
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development,
P.O Box 632-00618, Roysambu, Kasarani,
Nairobi - Kenya.

OR
Via email to jobs@rcmrd.org so as to be received not later than 17th December, 2020.

All the positions are on a Two (2) years renewable contract.

RCMRD is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from suitably qualified female candidates and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged.

Please note that the Centre DOES NOT charge any fees during the recruitment process.

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