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Technical Expert -Weather and Climate (2)

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

Job Summary

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 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:

3. Technical Expert -Weather and Climate (2)

The SERVIR E&SA Weather and Climate thematic area leads cutting edge research and service provision to stakeholders and partners in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. A range of services under the thematic area include: development of weather monitoring and forecasting
solutions that integrate earth observations and ground weather stations observations, frost monitoring and forecasting, climate vulnerability mapping and climate risk assessments, development of weather and climate data management and visualization systems, integration of
data from various sources to develop integrated solutions that support resilience of natural and social systems to climate extremes and other environmental shocks as well as multidisciplinary research and capacity building.

Duties and responsibilities
The Technical Expert (TE) will work with the weather & climate team to:

a) Generate and advance knowledge, build thematic team skills, produce information for decision making in the field of weather and climate applications, to support stakeholders in the RCMRD member States region and beyond.
b) Provide technical input to activities and tasks under the thematic area. This input shall include data discovery, data analysis, technical report writing, development of training material and capacity building to thematic team members, stakeholders and partners.
c) Engage stakeholders and partners in problem identification and co-development of solutions in the thematic area with the leadership of the Thematic Lead and in consultation with the relevant staff within the SERVIR E&SA team.
d) Support the development of thematic work plans through the identification of needs and priorities, and in consultation with the Thematic Lead.
e) Generate innovative ideas and methods for data analysis, use programming software, and provide quality outputs for inclusion in the delivery of services under the thematic area.
f) Collaborate in writing and publishing technical reports, peer reviewed articles and articles for general audiences that advance awareness and contribute knowledge and informationto development of decision making in the Eastern &Southern Africa region.

Qualifications and experience
a) At least a Masters’ degree in Meteorology, Climate Change, Geography, Environmental Science, Spatial Sciences, Physics or a relevant field and at least 3 years of professional experience working in similar roles.
b) In lieu of the above, a Bachelor’s degree combined with minimum 4 years of professional experience working in similar roles.
c) Advanced knowledge and skills in weather and climate technologies including working with observation, model and climate projections data. Knowledge of the climate change projections and the IPCC methodologies for climate risk assessments is required.
d) Knowledge and demonstrated experience in statistical and dynamical modeling, especially in applied weather and climate topics such as weather forecasting, frost mapping/forecasting and air quality monitoring, climate modeling, and using statistical
and dynamical models.
e) Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience working with statistical and mapping software relevant in weather and climate studies i.e. R, Python, Google Earth Engine is required and the candidate must demonstrate technical ability to use these tools. Skills in
using GIS and Remote Sensing software like ArcGIS, ENVI is an added advantage.
f) Knowledge of methods, theories and tools relevant in climate risk and resilience studies.
g) Good understanding and knowledge of weather and climate challenges in the Eastern & Southern Africa region.
h) Peer reviewed publications in reputable journals will be an added advantage but is not a requirement.

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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