Central African Republic: Communications and IT Systems manager

By African Parks Organization: African Parks
Country: Central African Republic
Closing date: 01 Nov 2018

Chinko is recruiting a CIS manager to run, operate and coordinate all Chinko’s communications, CIS and GIS systems. The CIS Manager is responsible for the overall procurement, management and development of the Chinko CIS and GIS systems and will act as the Situational Awareness Manager.

Chinko is a 19,846-km2 nature reserve in the remote south eastern part of the Central African Republic. This is a highly complex operation, taking place in a conflict zone. There are no permanent settlements inside the reserve and the nearest community is a two-day drive. The camp facilities and accommodation at this stage are basic and the communications links to the outside world are critical for Chinko operations both within the park in countering poaching and maintaining security and for logistics and all external communications.

The CIS manager will be responsible for all aspects of Chinko communications, IT, CIS and GIS equipments both in terms of installation, maintaining and advising on procurements. Will be responsible for training the operations staff and all users on correct procedures and practices. Will also be responsible for the GIS systems and databases to support park operations, working in coordination with the central GIS hub at Garamba NP. Will act as day to day controller of the Situational Awareness room and be responsible for producing reports, data and information to support Law Enforcement, Community and Research activities. The CIS manager will report to the Head of Law Enforcement and through him to the Park Manager.

Key Responsibilities:

· Manage all CIS/GIS systems

· Manage the day to day running of the Ops Rm

· Manage the day to day running of Situational Awareness Suite

· Write monthly reports and ensure that on-going monitoring is taking place, according to the overall monitoring system for the program.

· Budget preparation and accounting for program expenses. Key skills
Knowledge of installation / programming / updating / repair and troubleshooting of the following devices / systems

a. V-SAT systems, Wifi / internet set-up and maintenance.

b. IP and MAC address management.

c. Set up and maintenance of an off-line LAN network server

d. Motorola VHF base sets and handsets including repeater stations.

e. HF systems

f. Thuraya

g. Iridium

h. DeLorme

i. Locus

j. Smart phones

k. PC setup, repair and troubleshooting.

l. Basic electricity working and repair. m. Solar system knowledge will be a benefit.

Thorough understanding of live tracking on Google Earth Pro and other tracking systems (as we move towards GIS). This includes the writing of kml / gpx files and transferring them between software platforms and devices. Platforms including Delorme, Indigosat.

Garmin / Basemap and creating maps for Garmin devices.

Highly Desirable:

  1. Knowledge and practice in police/military style operations rooms and ability to consolidate reports and returns; produce reports and manage information.


Proficient in both French and English, spoken and written.

Able to operate in austere environment with minimal resources and support to hand

Must be resourceful, dynamic and pro-active

Sense of humour and patience

How to apply:

Send your CV and motivation letter to chinko@african-parks.org and we will be in touch with you shortly.

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