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Government Jobs in Kenya - Kenya Forest Service

Kenya Forest Service is a State Corporation established by an Act of Parliament to sustainably manage and conserve all types of forests.

The Service seeks to recruit self motivated, dynamic and results oriented individuals to fill the following positions:

1. Job Title: Chief Officer Survey and Mapping

- 1 Post

Reporting To: Deputy Director, Forest Conservation and Management

The position holder will work to establish forest boundaries and maintain spatial data records on all forests in Kenya.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Planning, developing, coordinating and implementing survey and mapping programmes and policies.
  • Coordinating surveys, boundary demarcations and mapping of forest reserves and ensuring that all boundary records for the Forest Reserves are held in safe custody.
  • Provision of expert witness on litigation matters concerning boundary disputes.
  • Overseeing compilation of documents leading to the drawing up of boundary plans, titles, leases and sub-leases issued to Kenya Forest Service.
Required Qualifications, Experience & Key Competencies:

Suitable candidates MUST have the following minimum qualifications:
  • An undergraduate degree in Surveying and Photogrammetry or an undergraduate degree in Geospatial and Geomatics Engineering or equivalent qualification from an accredited institution.
  • Be a registered full member of the Institution of surveyors of Kenya.
  • Be a licensed land surveyor by the Kenya Land Surveyors Board.
  • Five (5) years progressive work experience in a senior level three (3) of which should be in an appropriate environment and institution.
  • Postgraduate qualification in GIS or geo-informatics
  • Practical knowledge in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).
2) Job Title: Remote Sensing Officer 

- 1 Post

Reporting To: Head of Forest Planning & Information Systems

The Kenyan Forest Service has set out to develop institutional capacity for central GIS and remote sensing hub to support the sustainable management of forest through modern technology.

This will require remotely sensed data in a distributed GIS system to allow field staff to undertake forest resources assessment

Key Responsibilities:
  • Development and management of forest cover monitoring system
  • Setting of standards for collection, input and storage of remotely sensed data for detecting forest cover changes and forest health arising from deforestation, forest degradation and enhanced forest conservation programmes
  • Coordinate gathering, analysis and modeling of remotely sensed forest data
  • Produce periodical updates of forest cover and forest cover change (change detection)
  • Assist in building the required capacity for conducting forest resource assessment through remote sensing technology and maintain forest resource database.
  • Advising the Service on changes in forest cover.
  • Liaising with other stakeholders in the field of remote sensing.
Required Qualifications, Experience & Key Competencies
  • Master of Science degree in either Geo-Informatics, or Remote Sensing from an accredited university
  • Undergraduate degree in Surveying and Photogrammetry/Remote sensing from an accredited university is a must,
  • A minimum of five years of working experience in application of remote sensing technology, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in the field of forest resources assessment or (Natural Resources Management) in a large reputable organisation,
  • Practical experience in use of Remote Sensing software applications in natural resource assessment and/or monitoring is an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and related technologies such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS),
  • Ability to collect, analyze and appropriately display remotely sensed data;
  • Proficiency with various computer applications including but not limited to Microsoft Office, computer assisted drawing (CAD), ILWIS, ERDAS, IDRISI;
  • Ability to explain complicated technical concepts in a clear, correct and concise manner to non-technical users;
  • Ability to freely share information with others and collaborate within a high-performance multi-disciplinary team
3) Job Title: Geo-Data Base Administrator

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Reporting To: Head Of Forest Planning & Information Systems

The Kenyan Forest Service has set out to develop institutional capacity for a central Geo-Database to support the sustainable management of forest through modern information management.

This will require a robust server based Geo-Database to support forest resource data archive, analysis and sharing.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Design and development of databases
  • Harmonization of all forest resources databases
  • Setting of standards for resource geo-data storage and management
  • Management and Administration of database(s) within KFS
  • Manage data import / export and ensure data integrity / data quality
  • Produce data reports and data mining queries
  • Implement approved data sharing and security arrangements
  • Perform the necessary technical design and development functionality to ensure that application systems can be effectively developed and implemented.
Required Qualifications, Experience & Key Competencies

The candidate should have the following qualifications and experience:
  • Postgraduate training with Masters degree in Geo-spatial Information Systems or equivalent from an accredited university
  • Bachelors Degree in geo-informatics or computer technology from an accredited university is a must
  • Experience with Linux Server Operating System
  • Basic understanding of Relational Data Base Management Systems ( RDBMS);
  • Three years experience in geo-database design, implementation, management and maintenance
  • Experience with Oracle and/or PostgreSQL
  • Experience in web mapping
  • At least three years of work experience in a similar position.
  • Ability to freely share information with others and collaborate within a high-performance multi-disciplinary team
Terms Of Engagement

These are permanent & pensionable positions in the Kenya Forest Service.

Application Procedure

Interested and suitably qualified candidates should send their application, detailed Curriculum Vitae with daytime contacts, testimonials and copies of academic and professional certificates to the undersigned so as to reach him on or before 25th October, 2012.

The Deputy Director: Human Resource and Administration
Kenya Forest Service
P.O. Box 30513-00100

The Kenya Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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