Senior Planner, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) – NATIONAL PLANNING AUTHORITY

Reporting to; Head ICT 
This is a middle
Managerial position in the Authority and the Officer will be responsible for
performing Geospatial information processing by planning, organizing, and
evaluating GIS/SDI operations and managing staff.

Specific Duties and
The Senior Officer
will be responsible for:
  • Coordinating the geo-spatial
    datasets, data standards, quality products, analysis, and dissemination of
    Information used in the development of a National Spatial Data
    Infrastructure (NSDI).
  • Developing, maintaining and
    managing NPA’s information systems required to help easy storage and
    accessibility of geo-spatial information.
  • Coordinating activities related to
    NSDI global standard Information Management (IM) tools as well as be the
    NPA Uganda focal point for the NSDI platform;
  • Drafting  materials, and
    conducting  continuous in-house training for NPA staff;
  • Carrying out periodic training
    needs assessment for NISDIC members and participating institutions, and
    recommend specialized courses.
  • Maintaining current system;
    evaluate, recommend, test and install new geospatial technology;
    contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and
    reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing production,
    productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; resolving problems;
    identifying trends; determining system improvements; implementing change.
  • Provide information by collecting,
    analyzing, and summarizing data and trends in new Geospatial technologies.
  • Compiling, describing, and, where
    necessary, reformatting key quantitative data sets including data from
    several sources such as surveys of households and firms; administrative
    records; and statistical abstracts, among others
  • Organizing and expanding an
    extensive collection of spatial (GIS) data sets for Uganda.
  • Provide analysis upon demand of
    the data sets compiled, including the spatial data sets, in order to serve
    the requirement of the Spatial Planning activities at NPA, make spatial
    information at NPA available to other researchers and policy analysts
Result Areas (KRAs)
  1. Coordinate with all key
    stakeholders regarding geo-spatial datasets, data standards, quality
    products, analysis, management and dissemination of Information used in
    the development of a National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).
  2. Ensure that the National Planning
    Authority’s Geographical Information systems are developed and maintained
  3. 3.      A periodic report on training
    needs assessment for NISDIC members and participating institutions, and
    offering support on NSDI matters to the end-Users produced.
Person Specifications/ Qualifications
The applicant must
have the following qualifications:
  1. Honor’s Degree in Computer
    Science; Information Systems; Information Technology; Mathematics;
    Statistics; Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography
    &Geo-information Management; Physical and/or Urban Planning; Surveying
    or a Bachelor’s degree in a closely related field to any of the above
    mentioned areas from a recognized university.
  2. Master’s Degree in Computer
    Science or Information Systems/Technology, Geo-informatics; GIS, or in a
    closely related field from a recognized University.
  3. Working experience of at least 6
    years of progressive responsibility in the area of GIS and IM. 
    Advanced knowledge and extensive high-level practical working experience
    of GIS application, related tools and software (such as the Arc GIS
    platform), database development, processing and integration with GIS
    applications, web application technologies, and Map-Servers are essential.
  4. Familiarity with NSDI development
    and implementation is essential.
  5. Demonstrable experience in systems
    development using NET technologies and Geo-databases like MS SQL Server,
    MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Spatialite
Additional Skills and
other Requirements 
  • Excellent Command of both spoken
    and written English.
  • Analytical skills
  • Excellent Communication skills
  •  Good interpersonal skills.
  • Good report writing skills
Ability to work under
tight deadlines

How to Apply

Remuneration to
all the above positions will be attractive and commensurate with the
responsibilities attached to them.

Submission of Applications
Applicants should send their application letter including an up to date
curriculum Vitae, certified copies of all academic and professional
qualifications and names and contacts of three referees one of which must be a
professional and another from your current or previous work place and their
complete addresses (postal, telephone, fax and e-mail)

Deadline for
All applications must be in sealed envelope clearly indicating the NPA address
and position applied for on the top right hand corner not later than 5:00p.m
17th/02/2012 and should be hand delivered or posted to the address below. For
re-advertised job applicants need not apply. Only shortlisted applicants will
be contacted. Please note that any form of canvassing will lead to automatic
disqualification. Late applications will not be accepted.

P.O BOX 21434

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