ICT Board Technical Support Job in Kenya

The Government of Kenya has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of Kenya Transparency & Communications Infrastructure Project (KTCIP). 
The Kenya ICT Board under the Ministry of Information and Communications executes KTCIP.

The Kenya ICT Board therefore intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments under the agreement(s) resulting from this to undertake recruitment of project staff. 
The Government of Kenya is the recipient for the proposed activity. 
The Kenya ICT Board serves as the implementing agency for the project and now invites suitable candidates for the following position:

Technical Support

Kenyan Open Data Initiative – Terms of Reference: 

The Kenyan Open Data initiative (KODI) was launched on July 8th 2011 at opendata.go.ke.

The initiative’s goal is to make core government development, demographic, statistical and expenditure data freely available in a useful digital format for researchers , policymakers, ICT developers and the general public. 

The initiative is in its early stages: the technology and policy environment is still maturing, expertise is being developed and a long-term vision is being formed.

The Kenyan ICT board seeks to recruit an open data technical program officer who will take responsibility for the technical operations of the Kenyan Open Data Initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing the Open Data Website
  • Hands-on, ad hoc training for civil servants on how to use Open Data Portal
  • Technical liaison between government department/agency data stewards and the Kenya ICT Board team
  • Overseeing the dataset routing and approval process to ensure a steady flow of new data is being published on a regular and recurring basis
  • Technical lead for automated API-based publishing and compliance with IT security standards
  • Moderating social activity such as community created comments and views in the Open Data portal;
In addition, the technical program officer will provide guidance to department/agency data stewards on:
  • Suggestions and sharing of best practices on how to extract, transform and load (ETL) data for a consumption-optimized data exploration experience;
  • How to curate metadata and apply general hygiene to metadata to ensure it is the most useful to the broadest array of audiences;
  • How to publish data in ways that are most useful to the broadest array of audiences through the creation of data visualizations (GIS maps and charts), filtered views, rich list views and guided filters;
  • How to ensure that published data is updated on a regular basis, including development of data synchronization strategies and processes;
  • Effective storytelling with data by authoring canvas pages and/or blog posts that contain data visualizations, text, images and video, etc.;
  • Configuring Open Data Federation Services between department and agency data catalogs and with the parent data catalog.
Desired Profile
  • An experienced technical analyst with strong statistics, data management and web production skills
  • University degree in computer science, information systems or relevant field
  • At least 2 years experience in relevant field such as data management, computer science, software development, GIS systems, Data Analysis.
  • Experience and proficiency working with public statistics. Prior involvement in open data and open government communities is an advantage as is knowledge of Kenyan political, social and economic issues.
  • Strong technical skills using spreadsheets, databases and dedicated stats packages such as Stata and SPSS
  • Web production expertise: experienced writing web copy, preparing media, using content management systems, practical experience of using HTML, XML and CSS and Javascript.
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills as well as a high level of data and statistical literacy.
The recruitment will be conducted in accordance to Guidelines on Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Grants by World Bank Borrowers (2011), and is open to all Kenyans eligible as defined in these Guidelines, that meet the following minimum qualification criteria in the job description.
Applications must be delivered to the address below on or before: 2nd November 2012 at 5.00pm East African Time. Late applications will be rejected.

Applications accompanied with detailed CVs and copies of relevant documents and testimonials should be submitted in a plain sealed envelope clearly marked the position and Reference Number to the address below:

The Chief Executive Officer,
Kenya ICT Board,
12 Floor Teleposta Towers- Kenyatta Avenue
P.O. BOX 27150 – 00100, NAIROBI, KENYA.

Or sent through email: recruitment@ict.go.ke and placed in the Tender Box situated at Kenya ICT Board
Entrance, 12th floor Teleposta Towers or mailed so as to reach the above address on or before 2nd November, 2012 at 5pm East African Time.

Kenya ICT Board is an equal opportunity employer. 
Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply


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