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IGAD Climate Prediction Centre Jobs

The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), a specialized institution of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has received a 3 years grant from the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) programme of the African Union Commission (European Development Fund).

The objective is to enhance land degradation and natural habitats assessment and monitoring for sustainable management of environmental resources. It is aimed at developing operational geo-information services and strengthening the information management capacity of regional and national institutions in order to support decision and policy making processes.

ICPAC is hereby inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals with excellent credentials to fill the following positions:

GIS Technician 
Ref: ICPAC/AMESD/HR/5/GIS_tech/2010

The successful candidate should have:

  • At least a bachelor degree in Geography; Environment or related discipline with emphasis in spatial databases and GIS.
  • At least 5 years of working experience in operational GIS unit services or projects with a strong GIS component. Spatial analysis, spatial database and digitizing experience.
  • Very good knowledge of GIS software, and particularly ESRI ArcGIS package;
  • Experience in data collection, entry, digitizing and maintenance
  • Experience in managing or developing spatial databases;
  • Good knowledge of GIS server (ArcGIS server);
  • Basic knowledge of programming techniques
Natural Habitat Conservation Thematic Expert
Ref: ICPAC/AMESD/HR/2/NHC_1/2010

The successful candidate should have:
  • At least a Masters degree in environment, biodiversity or related discipline with specialization in remote sensing and natural habitat conservation assessment.
  • At least 7 years of working experience in operational environment monitoring projects, modelling activities, focusing on protected areas management and land cover change analysis.
  • Experience of international projects, and if possible in the IGAD region will be an asset.
  • Advanced knowledge in remote sensing, spatial modelling, image databases, image acquisition procedures and image servers;
  • Experience with applied digital image processing and analysis software like ERDAS Imagine or ENVI;
  • Knowledge of modelling techniques (ArcGIS model builder);
  • Good computing skills including system management under Unix/Linux, knowledge of programming and scripting (IDL) an asset;
  • Good knowledge of IGAD regional ecosystems, protected areas management systems.
Communications Assistant 
Ref: ICPAC/AMESD/HR/9/Communication_Assistant/2010

The successful candidate should have:
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in communication or related fields.
  • At least 5 years of working experience in science journalism and international relations.
  • Experience in public relations, protocol and working with international organizations will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge on using computers, emails, websites and communication and networking software.
  • Experience in working with the media at local, regional and international levels.
  • Experience in managing list-serves and conducting workshops.
  • Basic knowledge of Public relations and meeting protocols.
For all vacancies:
  • Ability to work in an international environment;
  • Ability to prepare written reports in a clear, concise and meaningful manner;
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French would be an added advantage;
  • Complete job profiles can be downloaded from the ICPAC website :
How to apply:

Applicants should submit 3 copies of their applications with its reference number, enclosing a cover letter and updated curriculum vitae containing details of their qualifications, experience, contact telephone, personal e-mail address, names and contact of three referees, present position and salary, duly certified copies of certificates and testimonials, to:

ICPAC AMESD manager,
IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC)
P.O. Box 10304 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

And by e-mail to:, copy to and

Deadline for applications: Friday 11th March 2011, 8:00 AM

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