AWF Senior Program Officer Job in Kenya

Senior Program Officer – Geographical Information System (GIS)

For more than 50 years, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has been a key player in African Conservation and sustainable development. 
AWF is currently seeking a talented professional to provide geospatial technical support to AWF’s Heartland Program.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director Conservation Geography and Senior Director Conservation Science, the Senior Program Officer-GIS, will provide Geographical Information Systems (GIS) support to projects led by Heartland Directors and field staff in coordination with the AWF technical thematic (pillar) directors. 
This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to the field. 
At the operational level, this role will lead site-level resource mapping programs; implement tools designed to streamline and improve performance of data collection protocols, provide technical support to AWF’s ecological monitoring, compile, maintain and analyze spatial data from various sources; lead spatial capacity development of AWF staff and partners; manage AWF’s centralized database and web mapping service, maintain logical data structures, support AWF’s communications with cartographic and analytical data and represent AWF at appropriate regional geospatial conservation forums as needed.

The successful candidate will
  • Have an MSc in relevant field from a reputable institution.
  • Have 5+ years of applied GIS preferably in natural resources/conservation and development context.
  • Be proficient in ArcGIS, GIS based modeling and GPS-based data collection.
  • Have demonstrated ability to design and lead data collection program.
  • Have significant experience in editing and integrating datasets from diverse sources.
  • Be knowledgeable of statistical analysis particularly as related to spatial data.
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English and Kiswahili; French is an added advantage.
  • Have the ability to work independently and within a team in multicultural settings often in physically demanding conditions.
  • Have demonstrated ability to build capacity of multiple stakeholders to engage in landscape planning and management.
A professional operating environment with latitude to innovate and deliver value as well as a competitive remuneration package is available to the right person who shares an interest in AWF’s mission and core values.

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and your detailed CV indicating daytime telephone numbers, address and names of three referees with subject ‘Senior Program Officer-GIS’, to 
Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Closing Date: August 1, 2012

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