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Capacity Development Lead at Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was established in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU). It is an inter-governmental organization and currently has contracting Member States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regions. RCMRD functional programmes have moved away from service technology framework (e.g. Remote Sensing, Geodesy, Cartography etc.) to problem solving applications in natural resource and environmental management. RCMRD is now providing service on demand driven basis. RCMRD is now moving into the future with confidence and endeavors to live up to its values of upholding the highest standards of services to its customers and continuously improving the quality of services and products.

The Capacity Development Lead will primarily be responsible for hub activities that develop and increase the capabilities of member States and other stakeholders to work with Earth observation data for societal benefit.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Building and institutionalizing the technical capacity of decision-makers in the geoinformation related fields.
  • Engagement and collaboration with national and international institutions in the field of training and capacity development in earth observation, applied remote sensing and GIS, with a view to developing collaborations that foster strong content development.
  • Promotion of the different modules of the capacity building program in the Eastern & Southern Africa region, with a view to encouraging the application of different tools, data and products developed by RCMRD.
  • Coordination of capacity building needs assessments and maintenance of all capacitydevelopment related inventories.
  • Work with the Training Section at RCMRD to assist in the development of trainingprograms.

Qualifications and experience

  • At least a Masters’ degree in Remote Sensing, Earth Observation, GIS, Geo-SpatialInformation with a strong bias to applications in environmental sciences, water resources, food security, disaster management 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 – both basic theory and practice. The capacity to develop training materials and provide editorial oversight over such materials is an added advantage.
  • Excellent coordination skills with the ability to organize and direct multi-disciplinary training programs that apply geo-information technologies and related fields in environment, climate, weather, water resources, hydrology, ecosystems, forest resources and/or species distribution modelling disciplines. Experience in organizing and coordinating training workshops would be an added advantage.
  • Ability to work with different technical persons/sections to develop content appropriate for feeding into a capacity development program.
  • 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.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English, demonstrable by published work in reputable media (peer reviewed journals, published reports etc) in the respective field of specialization.

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