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Vacancy Announcement
The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is an Intergovernmental organization with twenty member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. 
Our Mission is to promote sustainable development through generation, application and dissemination of geo-information and allied ICT services and products in the member States and beyond.
RCMRD provides services in surveying, mapping, remote sensing, GIS and ICT to its member States, partners and clients.


RCMRD wishes to fill the following vacant positions:
RCMRD is implementing SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa Project with funding from USAID and wishes to fill the following positions in the project:
1. User Engagement Lead
Reporting to the SERVIR Project Manager, the User Engagement Lead will be responsible for ensuring that consultation and participation are integrated across SERVIR Eastern and Southern Africa Project activities. 
Liaising closely with technical staff working on specific remote sensing and GIS related products, tools, training and events he/she will ensure that necessary user engagement activities are planned and that the relevant mix of skills are in place for engaging users effectively.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Systematically identifying stakeholders and assessing their needs in remote sensing, GIS and geo-information related fields.
  • Developing user engagement strategies to ensure stakeholder involvement is upfront in design, prototyping and uptake of products and services.
  • Regularly contributing information on users/stakeholders to the user database and other knowledge management tools related to user engagement and outreach.
  • At least a Master’s level degree in GIS and/or geo-information, International Development, Sustainable Development, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or other related field to this position.
  • At least seven (7) years of progressive experience in engaging with various users of geospatial applications such as policy makers, communities, students and practitioners.
  • Ability to identify relevant collaboration partners within and outside the institution; maintaining existing linkages and effectively communicating with stakeholders at different levels. Skills to engage with stakeholders working in environment related disciplines (climate, weather, water resources, hydrology, ecosystems, forest resources, wildlife, ecology) would be preferred.
  • Proven record of productive engagement with Government Institutions, NGOs and scientists. 
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental and development context of Eastern & Southern Africa would be an added advantage.
  • Ability to capture, package and communicate feedback from users and stakeholders to technical staff, with an aim of further improving the quality of tools, products and services.
  • Ensure adequate and articulate coordination between the institution and users, especially with regard to meetings, workshops and other related forums where users and/or stakeholders are key participants.
Contract Duration: Two (2) years renewable.
2. Capacity Development Lead
Reporting to the SERVIR Project Manager, the Capacity Development Lead will primarily be responsible for hub activities that develop and increase the capabilities of government institutions and other stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Building and institutionalizing the technical capacity of decision-makers in the geo-information related fields.
  • Design and implementation of comprehensive capacity building programs in application of earth observation/remote sensing, GIS, and geo-information related fields in environmental disciplines.
  • 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.
  • Engagement and collaboration with national and international institutions with a view to developing collaborations that foster strong and relevant training content development.
  • Coordination of capacity building needs assessments and market studies and promotion of the different modules of the capacity building program with a view to encouraging the application of different tools, data and products developed by RCMRD.
  • Work with the Training Section at RCMRD to assist in the development of training programs and maintain of all capacity development related inventories.
  • A masters’ degree in remote sensing, GIS, geo-spatial information with a bias to applications in environmental sciences and/or natural resources management, with at least 7 years’ experience in training and capacity building initiatives in such fields.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience in development of a comprehensive capacity building program in remote sensing and GIS applications. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop training materials and provide editorial oversight over such materials is an added advantage.
  • Ability to coordinate multi-disciplinary training programs that apply geo-information technologies and related fields in different sectors.
  • Project management experience, including a proven record of productive engagement with government institutions, NGOs and scientists would be an added advantage.
  • Ability to coordinate capacity building needs assessments and market studies.
Contract Duration: Two (2) years renewable

Previous applicants need not apply.

Applications should be addressed to:

Director General
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
P.O.Box 632-00618

Or e-Mail: jobs@rcmrd.org

to reach not later than 19th February 2016.

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