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Geospatial Data Specialist Vacancy Announcement

Geospatial Data Specialist


The primary responsibility of the incumbent is to manage and perform activities associated with the development and maintenance of SERVIR Africa’s geospatial infrastructure data.

The activities are as follows:

  • Identify, acquire, and evaluate spatial data and metadata from various sources.
  • Support the design and development of data automation, database development and data migration projects implemented by SERVIR and its partners.
  • Editing of spatial data and metadata to address quality control issues.
  • Loading of data into geodatabases and the development and testing of scripts to automate the workflows for datasets which must be updated frequently.
  • Design and produce quality cartographic products based on user requirements.
  • Identify copyright issues and support development of data sharing agreements.
  • Support communications, outreach, training and capacity building in areas relevant to the position.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in geography, GIS, cartography, computer science, or a related field.
  • Coursework in automated cartography, computer science, programming, and spatial analysis.
  • Three or more years experience using ESRI ArcGIS software (ArcGIS 9x/10x Desktop, ArcSDE) and extensions for spatial data development and analysis.
  • Experience in obtaining, manipulating, and organizing data as well as defining, planning, and implementing analysis and processes.
  • Familiarity with ISO standards for cataloguing geographic information (ISO 19115/19119), and experience creating standard-compliant metadata.
  • Building geodatabase data models.
  • MS SQL Server and PostgreSQL RDBMS development, administration, and performance tuning.
  • Process automation, including working knowledge of scripting languages and tools such as: SQL, Python, .NET, ArcObjects, ArcGIS Model Builder, and other spatial data processing tools.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
Terms of appointment

Successful candidates will be based at RCMRD, located in Kasarani, Nairobi. 

The position is a two-year contract with possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance.


Applicants are invited to send CV and cover letter explaining their interest in the position, their motivation and ability to undertake the job, names and addresses (including telephone and e-mail) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidates’ qualifications and experience to the Director General, RCMRD, P.O.

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