Job Opportunity: Senior Officer-Ecosystem Research (GIS) at KWTA


Minimum Qualification: Bachelor

Experience Length: 5 years

Application Deadline: Tuesday, 24th September 2019

Duty Station: Nairobi

Job Summary

Upon employment, the successful candidate will report to the Assistant Director in charge of Resource Assessment (GIS)/ Planning, Research & Audit and will be responsible for: –


  • Develop and maintain Water Towers spatial database using ArcGIS online, PostGIS and PostgreSQL;
  • Assist in generation of baseline data and information on Water Towers, critical water catchment areas and biodiversity hotspots for the development of Water Towers Status reports;
  • Assess land cover and land use trends in the Water Towers using R studio and Google earth Engine as well as other Remote Sensing software;
  • Map degraded areas and identify priority areas for rehabilitation in the Water Towers;
  • Develop Water Towers data sharing protocols;
  • Provide leadership in field data collection, processing, archiving and dissemination of information;
  • Maintain an Integrated Water Towers Monitoring System (IWTMS) for managing and visualizing Water Towers information;
  • Assist in assessing and monitoring rehabilitation and conservation activities in the Water Towers;
  • Develop innovative technologies for assessing, monitoring and evaluating status of the Water Towers;
  • Train staff and stakeholders on acquisition of Water Towers data using GPS and mobile applications;
  • Contribute to the development of Water Towers Status Report and Directorate’s quarterly/annual reports


  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields: – Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Environmental Planning, Environmental Economics, Environmental Science, Geo informatics, Geography, or any other relevant field.
  • A Master of Science Degree and any other post-graduate qualifications in any of the above fields will be an added advantage.
  • Must demonstrate professional competence, leadership qualities as well as good understanding of natural resources sector including maintenance of geospatial data and its infrastructure;
  • Must be comfortable working with and well versed with the following mapping software ArcGIS, QGIS and image processing software (ENVI, ERDAS, R-Studio and Google Earth Engine).
  • Possess spatial database management skills.
  • Demonstrate good understanding of field and secondary data collection.

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