Terms of Reference
Title: Capacity Building Specialist
Initiative: SERVIR HKH
Theme: Geospatial Solutions
Purpose: To lead the capacity building activities undertaken by SERVIR
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) Region – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Mountains are important global ecosystems facing especially rapid socioeconomic and environmental changes, particularly the impacts of climate change. Our aim is to influence policy and practices to meet the associated challenges emerging in the greater Himalayan region. To do this we bring together top researchers from the region and around the globe to generate and disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge in the physical and social sciences, including traditional knowledge, for evidence-based decision making; and we provide a neutral meeting point for transboundary research, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. Working to deliver impacts in six regional programmes across four thematic areas – Livelihoods; Ecosystem Services; Water and Air; and Geospatial Solutions – supported by integrated knowledge management and communication, we seek to improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and for the future.
SERVIR HKH initiative works as the regional hub of the SERVIR Global programmes which is a joint development initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), working in partnership with leading regional organisations around the globe. With an overarching goal to improve environmental management and resilience to climate change, SERVIR works to integrate Earth Observation and Geospatial technologies for improved developmental decision making. A major objective of SERVIR HKH is to enhance the capacity of analysts and decision-makers both within and outside of government to use geospatial technologies and data to inform important management, policy, and planning decisions. Capacity to use information is strongly affected by differences such as gender, in which women may lack the education to fully understand technical information and often have different social structures through which to implement decisions. SERVIR HKH will take into account these differences and make special efforts to build capacity and provide benefits to all groups.
Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Regional Programme Manager and under, overall guidance of the theme leader for Geospatial Solutions, the capacity development specialist will be primarily responsible for SERVIR HKH activities that develop and increase the capabilities of regional government and other stakeholders on applications of Earth observation and geospatial technologies. He/she will have primary operational responsibility for achieving the objective of building and institutionalising the technical capacity of decision-makers, and the components focused on sharing of information about products and services. He/ she will be responsible for the development of knowledge sharing events, and ensure appropriate tailoring of communications products.
More specifically, the capacity building specialist will perform the following tasks:
- Conduct assessments of capacities and needs in the regional member countries for use of Earth observation information, products and tools
- Develop capacity building strategy for different levels to enable stakeholders to adopt SERVIR products and services
- Design training materials and appropriate communication products in close collaboration with Knowledge Management for use in the training events and promote information sharing
- Coordinate the organisation of capacity building events and ensure participation from relevant institutions and individuals
- Collaborate with Himalayan University Consortium to support geospatial sciences for existing university courses
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
- At least a master’s level degree in Geographic Information Systems/ Remote Sensing, international development, sustainable development, environmental science, natural resource management, adult education, or other field related to this position
- At least seven years of experience in international development approaches relevant to this position, including development of training or capacity building programs, assessment and strengthening of institutional capacities, and/or development of multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing platforms
- Project management experience overseeing training, capacity building, knowledge sharing, or other related activities desired
- Proven record of productive engagement with government institutions, NGOs, and scientists. Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental and development context of the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region
- Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
Skills and Competencies
Basic content knowledge on Earth Observation and GeospatialInformation applications in the context of climate change, food security, water and disasters and ecosystem services
Management & coordination:
Ability to design and coordinate capacity buildingactivities, understanding of project cycle including operational planning and monitoring
Networking & stakeholder management:
Ability to establish networks with strategicinstitutions, and effectively communicate with stakeholders
Impact & results orientation:
Proactive approach for effective capacity buildinginitiatives
The ability to work smoothly and effectively with others inthe team to establish constructive ideas or solutions that meet the team objective
Ability to easily adapt to changing contexts, technologies and approacheswhen necessary; make improvements in own work area
Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports
Two years, with a probation period of six months, with a possibility of extension subject to performance, programme activities and ICIMOD’s future funding levels
Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organisations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Gender and Equity Policy:
Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender equity policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to the integration of gender issues at organisational and programmatic levels.
The duty station is Kathmandu; frequent travel and field work will be required.
Method of application:
Applicants are requested to apply online before 03 Mar 2016 through ICIMOD's OnlineApplication System.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.