RCMRD Director General Job in Kenya

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), previously known as Regional Centre for Services in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (RCSSMRS) was established in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and African Union (UNECA). 
It is an intergovernmental organization and currently has twenty (20) contracting member States, namely: Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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. 
The main Geoinformation technologies promoted by the Centre are Geographic Information System (GIS), Satellite Remote Sensing, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Information Technology (IT). The Centre is also vigorously involved in the promotion of the development of National Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in its member states and in Africa.

Since establishment, the Centre has been instrumental in capacity building in resource surveys, mapping, remote sensing, GIS and natural resources assessment and management, disaster risk reduction in Africa. 

The Centre implements projects on behalf of its member States and development partners as well as undertaking advisory services, research and development activities.

RCMRD wishes to fill the following position:

Director General (D1)

Duties and responsibilities:

The Director General shall be the Chief Executive and the accounting officer of the Centre. He/she shall, in accordance with the policies, decisions and directives of the Governing Council (GC), have the overall responsibility for the organization and ensure efficient administration of the Centre.

The duties and responsibilities for the position will include:

  • Providing the chief administrative and accounting role to the Centre;
  • Directing and coordinating the implementation of the Centre’s Strategic Plan;
  • Initiating the formulation and review of the Centre’s policies;
  • Initiating and coordinating all plans and projects implemented by the Centre;
  • Guiding the institutional building activities of the Centre;
  • Interpreting the policies as set out by the GC for implementation;
  • Acting as contact person with Member States, development partners, other regional institutions and the host government on behalf of the Centre;
  • Coordinating the Centre’s programmes with those of other international organizations;
  • Overseeing the implementation of the Centre’s budget for the successful implementation of the Centre’s programmes;
  • Mobilizing financial resources for the Centre through contracting Member States, development partners and consultancy services;
  • Marketing the Centre’s image and activities at corporate, national, regional and international levels;
  • Acting as the Secretary to the Governing Council; and
  • Chairing the Centre’s management committee.

The ideal candidate for the post must:

  • Be in possession of a PhD degree in Geomatics, Earth Science, Geography, Space Science, Computer Science, Engineering or Business Management, with at least 14 years of experience, 10 years of which should be in senior managerial positions.
  • Be in possession of a Master’s degree in either Geomatics, Earth Science, Geography, Space Science, Computer Science, Engineering or Business Management, with at least 18 years of experience, 10 years of which should be in senior managerial positions.
In addition to the above, the candidate must:
  • Have basic training and experience in Geomatics, Geography or Earth Sciences.
  • Have extensive experience and skills in senior management, leadership and strategic roles.
  • Have practical experience in managing similar organizations in the private, public or civil society sectors.
  • Have entrepreneurial and innovative pre-disposition, with proven track record appropriate to the vision and mission of the Centre.
  • Be capable of inspiring the advancement of Geo-information capacity development in Africa.
  • Be able to initiate and sustain partnership with national and international organizations.
  • Have financial and human resource management skills.
  • Have good communication and interpersonal skills.
Contract Duration: The Director General would be appointed for an initial period of four years, renewable for one term only.


Salary Scale: The salaries for the above position are consolidated and are in the range of: D1: USD70, 654.68 p.a. (Fixed)

Benefits: These include housing allowance, provision of transport, contributory provident fund with both parties contributing 7% of monthly basic salary towards the fund, 10% gratuity of annual basic salary based on successful completion of the contract and a staff contributory group medical scheme to a maximum of five (5) family members.

Applicants for the position must be nationals of the RCMRD’s member States only.

Applications should be addressed to:

Director General
P.O Box 632, 00618, 


Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 2680722/2680748

Cell: +254 723 786161/735 981098

Fax: +254 20 2680747

E-mail: rcmrd@rcmrd.org to reach him not later than 9th September, 2016.

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