ICT/GIS/MIS Expert at Songwe River Basin Commission February, 2020

The Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Malawi are jointly implementing the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP), which is managed by the Secretariat of the Joint Songwe River Basin Commission (S-SRBC) with offices located at Kyela, Tanzania. The Songwe River Basin (SRB) covers an area of 4,243 km2 in seven districts of: Karonga and Chitipa (in Malawi); and Kyela, Mbeya Rural, Ileje, Mbozi and Momba (in Tanzania). The basin is part of the wider Zambezi River basin. The river forms part of the border between Malawi and Tanzania. Increasing competition for space, water and natural resources is degrading the Songwe River Basin.

Both riparian countries in 2017 ratified the Convention on the Establishment of the Joint Songwe River Basin Commission (SRBC) to sustainably manage the basin natural resources and implement the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The Convention came into force on 1st July, 2018. The SRBDP is a multipurpose transboundary Programme under which the challenges and opportunities resulting from the behaviour of the Songwe River are planned to be worked on through various projects. The projects are to cover construction of dams for flood control and hydropower productions, development of irrigated agriculture, water supply, fisheries and tourism to mention a few including non-structural measures.

The Strengthening Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Songwe River Basin (STCINRM-SRB) Project as one of the non-structural measures has been established to prepare the ground for the implementation of the SRBDP by addressing the problem of environmental degradation. Specifically, the Project objective is to enhance basin protection, livelihoods and integrated water resources management through improved transboundary cooperation and sustained ecosystem services. The Project will be implemented for a period of four years.

The Secretariat of the Joint Songwe River Basin, therefore, seeks to use part of the proceeds of the grant package to recruit individual consultants to fill the positions of the Hydrologist/FEWS Expert; a Financing Mobilisation/M&E Expert; an Environmental/Agro/Forestry Management Expert; an ICT/GIS/MIS Expert; and a Procurement Expert to provide services in the Project at the S-SRBC headquarters in Kyela, Tanzania.


Position Title: ICT/GIS/MIS Expert
Reporting to: The Acting Executive Secretary for the Songwe River Basin Commission.
Reference Number: SRBC/STCINRMSRBP/MIS/1
Publication date: 25th February, 2020
Closing date: 10th March, 2020
Place of duty: S-SRBC Offices in Kyela, Tanzania
Terms of Appointment: Four (4) year contractual appointment renewable every year based on performance.

Functions and Responsibilities

The ICT/GIS/MIS Expert functions and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


Preparation phase (1 year):

  1. Plan, coordinate, monitor and supervise the MIS programme;
  2. Supervision of MIS Implementation Consultant;
  3. Support in developing specifications, procurement process and implementation quality management for appropriate hardware /software /datasets /digitization /scanning to develop a comprehensive knowledge base;
  4. Install, configure, and support bank standard hardware and software, including desktops PCs, laptops, printers, scanners and other relevant peripherals;
  5. Work closely with other members of the FEWS and MIS to develop and setup the Songwe MIS;
  6. Provide specific inputs on development of database management systems, Geographic Information System

(GIS)-based modeling applications and simulation/optimization tools, and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)


  1. Contribute to the trainings provided on MIS;
  2. Preparing agreements with Malawi and Tanzania stakeholders: Ministries, water boards, meteorological offices, etc. for data sharing; and
  3. Gain full understanding of the MIS system, including its software (GIS, Excel, Financial management and project planning software) and Database software.


Operational phase:

  1. Coordinate, monitor and supervise the MIS program;
  2. Ensure the proper management of the MIS including obtaining the required data from the various concerned stakeholders;
  3. Support the spatial analysis required to develop a pipeline of spatial knowledge products and services for the SRBDP to support various institutions, NGOs, Universities, and the General Public. This should also include the support for the SRBDP needs (e.g. for Atlases, Catchment, flood, and basin planning, State of the Basin reports, Monitoring and Evaluation etc.);
  4. Serve as a technical helpdesk to address spatial information management and processing queries in the SRBDP;
  5. Ensure that regular external benchmarking of the IT service is undertaken to ensure that it reflects best practice within the industry at large;
  6. Administer the information systems in the SRBC including routine housekeeping, troubleshooting, maintenance and upgrades;
  7. Provide technical support to SRBC staff on incidents on available hardware, software and network services; h) Collection and storage of soil erosion data;
  8. GIS analysis, mapping of data;
  9. Operation and maintenance of groundwater monitoring system;
  10. Operation and maintenance of the MIS system (with support from Consultant): evaluate and update the MIS regularly;
  11. General coordination with Malawi and Tanzania stakeholders (Ministries, Water Board, Districts);
  12. Analyze and report on the status of the river basin, like analysis of river levels and its extremes, mapping flood prone areas, preparing, water quality, groundwater and soil erosion data, etc;
  13. Cooperate with the Flood Early Warning System Expert during rainy season in the operation of the SRBC

Flood Early Warning System and shift to monitoring of flood forecast and send out warning when needed; and o) Participate in Zambezi River basin program.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master of Science (MSc) degree in GIS/hydrology/water resources management/Computer Science/ Information Systems;
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience involving advanced spatial data analysis, development of geodatabases or equivalent, providing institutional support for spatial information management and modern interactive product development;
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully coordinate complex programs;
  • Experience with cutting-edge and widely-used spatial information software/technologies (e.g. GIS, Remote Sensing, online mapping, and interactive product development);
  1. Experience in capacity-building and training programs to support the effective use of spatial information especially for land, water, and disaster management would be desirable;
  2. Experience in developed and developing countries relating to the use of spatial information systems. Prior work in the region is desirable;
  3. Knowledge or familiarity/exposure with/to Windows, Unix and Linux environments;
  4. Proficiency in networking, information and communication technologies: TCP/IP networks, WAN protocols, wiring and cabling, and network management solutions;
  5. Excellent communication, interpersonal and Strong analytical skills; and Fluency in spoken and written English language



HOW TO APPLY                                                       

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, copies of academic certificates, professional certificates and Curriculum Vitae (not exceeding four pages) with names and contact information of three traceable referees to:

The Secretariat of the Joint Songwe River Basin Commission
P.O. Box 300,
Contact name: Eng. Gabriel M. Kalinga
Email: gabbykalinga@gmail.com; cc: mpangala5@yahoo.com

To reach him not later than 10th March, 2020, 17:00 Hours Local time (EAT).

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