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  • The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in collaboration with UN-Habitat/GLTN and partners (University of Twente’s Faculty of Geo-Information Science & Earth Observation  - ITC, Dutch Kadaster - the Netherlands Kadaster, Land Registry and Mapping Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO)  are jointly conducting a ten (10) day Joint Learning Programme on Innovative Concepts, Tools and Practices in Land Administration at  RCMRD premises in Nairobi, Kenya.

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    Participants Group Photo 

     The joint learning programme is a part of the partners’ collaborative efforts aimed at further enhancing the capacity of key land actors to develop and implement land policies for secure land rights, reduced poverty, enhanced productivity and promote economic growth in line with the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G). It brings together land officials and technical personnel and experts from a range of relevant disciplines from 12 African countries for information sharing and joint learning on innovative and effective land administration tools and practices. By developing their capacity to identify, demand and advocate for coherent and inclusive land reform processes and policies, the participants will be better able to address issues of corruption and to enhance transparency in their respective countries’ land sector.

    Partnership for Innovations and information sharing

    In his opening remarks, RCMRD’s Director Technical Services Prof. John Kiema thanked the collaborating partners for providing space for exchange of ideas, learn from each other and propose solutions to various land administration challenges in Africa. He further stated that the partner organizations share a common goal in reforming land systems in Africa, and hence bring to the table extensive experience in providing technical support to land actors. This includes facilitating coordination between and among land institutions and development partners, guiding research and documentation, and producing manuals and training packages on topics identified as relevant to land sector reforms and implementation.

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    Danilo Antonio of GLTN makes his opening remarks

    Dr. Monica Lengoiboni, the representative of ITC/University of Twente, while thanking the organizers of the workshop stated that ITC has a strong global network and that she is looking forward to share various key land administration challenges and opportunities from around Africa during workshop.

    The representative from Dutch Kadaster, Mr. Co Meijer thanked RCMRD for once again hosting and organizing the training stating that his organization’s mandate is to manage Land Administration services in Netherlands, support countries improve Land Administration and provide technical assistance in the development of Land Administration systems with the overall objective of increasing security of tenure.

    While noting that an innovative approach to land administration is needed for sustainable development to be achieved, GLTN’s Danilo Antonio emphasised that for security of tenure to be realised, ‘Fit-for-purpose’ land administration approaches should be embraced. Such approaches should be directly aligned to county specific needs, should be affordable and flexible to accommodate different land tenure types and provide opportunities for increment

  • Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) will host the regional Training of Trainers Programme on Integration of Land Tenure Monitoring in Development Projects Using Geo-Spatial Technologies from 10th to 20th April, 2016.

     The Training of Trainers workshop is set to track whether investments in land tenure interventions are effective in the framework of creating advocacy for promoting investments to strengthen tenure security.

    A limited number of partial scholarships has been made available by the Land and Natural Resources Tenure Security Learning Initiative for Eastern & Southern Africa (TSLI-ESA) Project for the applicants from the IFAD-funded projects and programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa Region.

    Here is a detailed Call for Applications. For more information, go to the RCMRD website.

  • Deadline : 9th September, 2016.

    The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) was established in Nairobi, Kenya in 1975 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). It is an intergovernmental organization and currently has twenty (20) contracting Member States, namely: Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    The Centre’s mission is to promote sustainable development in the Member States through generation, application and dissemination of geo-information and allied ICT technologies, products and services. The main Geo-information technologies promoted by the Centre are Geographic Information System (GIS), Satellite Remote Sensing, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Information Technology (IT). The Centre is also vigorously involved in the promotion of the development of National Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in its Member States and in Africa.

    Since establishment, the Centre has been instrumental in capacity development in resource surveys, mapping, remote sensing, GIS and natural resources assessment and management in Africa. The Centre implements projects on behalf of its Member States and development partners as well as undertaking advisory services, research and development activities.

    The Centre desires to fill the following position: Director General (D1)


    Duties and responsibilities:

    The Director General shall be the Chief Executive and the accounting officer of the Centre. He/she shall, in accordance with the policies, decisions and directives of the Governing Council (GC), have the overall responsibility for the organization and ensure efficient administration of the Centre.

    The duties and responsibilities for the position will include:

    • Providing the chief administrative and accounting role to the Centre;
    • Directing and coordinating the implementation of the Centre’s Strategic Plan;
    • Initiating the formulation and review of the Centre’s policies;
    • Initiating and coordinating all plans and projects implemented by the Centre;
    • Guiding the institutional building activities of the Centre;
    • Interpreting the policies as set out by the GC for implementation;
    • Acting as contact person with Member States, development partners, other regional institutions and the host government on behalf of the Centre;
    • Coordinating the Centre’s programmes with those of other international organizations;
    • Overseeing the implementation of the Centre’s budget for the successful implementation of the Centre’s programmes;
    • Mobilizing financial resources for the Centre through contracting Member States, development partners and consultancy services;
    • Marketing the Centre’s image and activities at corporate, national, regional and international levels;
    • Acting as the Secretary to the Governing Council; and
    • Chairing the Centre’s management committee.



    The ideal candidate for the post must:

    •  Be in possession of a PhD degree in Geomatics, Earth Science, Geography, Space Science, Computer Science, Engineering or Business Management, with at least 14 years of experience, 10 years of which should be in senior managerial positions.


    •  Be in possession of a Master’s degree in either Geomatics, Earth Science, Geography, Space Science, Computer Science, Engineering or Business Management, with at least 18 years of experience, 10 years of which should be in senior managerial positions.

    In addition to the above, the candidate must:

    •  Have basic training and experience in Geomatics, Geography or Earth Sciences.
    •  Have extensive experience and skills in senior management, leadership and strategic roles.
    •  Have practical experience in managing similar organisations in the private, public or civil society sectors.
    •  Have entrepreneurial and innovative pre-disposition, with proven track record appropriate to the vision and mission of the Centre.
    •  Be capable of inspiring the advancement of Geo-information capacity development in Africa.
    •  Be able to initiate and sustain partnership with national and international organisations.
    •  Have financial and human resource management skills.
    •  Have good communication and interpersonal skills.


    Contract Duration:

    The Director General would be appointed for an initial period of four years, renewable for one term only.



    • Salary Scale: The salaries for the above position are consolidated and are in the range of: D1: USD70, 654.68 p.a. (Fixed)
    • Benefits: These include housing allowance, provision of transport, contributory provident fund with both parties contributing 7% of monthly basic salary towards the fund, 10% gratuity of annual basic salary based on successful completion of the contract and a staff contributory group medical scheme to a maximum of five (5) family members.

    Applicants for the position must be nationals of the RCMRD’s member States only. Applications should be addressed to:

    Director General:RCMRD

    P.O Box 632, 00618, Ruaraka; Nairobi, Kenya

    Tel: +254 20 2680722/2680748 |Cell : +254 723 786161/735 981098 | Fax: +254 20 2680747

    E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reach him not later than 9th September, 2016.

Contact Info:

Location: Gigiri, UN Complex
Office: NOF South Wing Block 3
Telephone: +254 207623858
Email: gltn[at]

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