Senior GIS consultant for mapping the main food systems and climate shocks and stresses in Kigali city region at FAO Rwanda: (Deadline 24 September 2020)

Senior GIS consultant for mapping the main food systems and climate shocks and stresses in Kigali city region at FAO Rwanda: (Deadline 24 September 2020)
  • Full Time
  • Rwanda

FAO Rwanda

FAO Rwanda

Senior GIS consultant for mapping the main food systems and climate shocks and stresses in Kigali city region at FAO Rwanda: (Deadline 24 September 2020)

Organizational Setting

The main aim of FAO  country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.


Currently, more than 50 percent of the world’s population is living in urban areas and it is estimated that by 2050 this figure will rise to nearly 70 percent, with most growth being in Asia and Africa. The same trend of population growth in city of Kigali is being observed and Kigali currently is hosting more than 50% of urban dwellers in Rwanda with 79% of people living in informal settlements. The rapid urban growth is also observed in other districts of the city region such as Rulindo, Kamonyi having an annual urban growth of 23%  between 2002-2015; Bugesera with 67.4% of people living in settlements and Rwamagana extending its urban centers to Kigairo, Muhazi, Gishari and Mwurire.

It has been noted that, cities and their growing number of inhabitants are increasingly being directly and indirectly affected by climate change and its consequences to the population livelihood including: rising temperatures, increasing rainfall, floodings and landsliding and other extreme weather conditions.


With the above mentioned consequences of the climate changes and the growing needs of food products among city dwellers; there is a need of strengthening rural-urban linkages and integrating sectors for a more sustainable and resilient food system.  The need now is to combine the assessment work based on past and present data, with future scenarios on climate change impact in the city region contexts. For this particular project, intervention strategies will primarily focus on enhancing climate resilience of urban, peri-urban and rural production systems within the city region but will also address other dimensions of the city region food system (e.g. land and water management, food supply and distribution, food loss and waste management, more and better employment opportunities creation, etc.) on the basis of local priorities.


The project specifically aims to achieve tangible results with regards to climate resilience, food and nutrition security in the city region while taking into consideration the impacts of COVID-19 on different agriculture value chains systems. In Rwanda, the project will operate in the Kigali City Region that includes districts of: Nyarugenge, Gasabo, Kicukiro, Kamonyi, Rulindo, Bugesera and Rwamagana. The districts have been chosen due to the fact that they are bordering the city of Kigali; but also because; some of the food commodities including maize, cassava, banana, sweet potato, beans are being sold into the city of Kigali are also coming from these neighboring districts. The project will then:

(i)Provide technical assistance and training to local government staff and other stakeholders to implement the assessment methodology to characterize, analyse and map risks, vulnerabilities and coping capacities across the CRFS. (ii)Provide technical and policy support to local institutions and other local stakeholders to formulate integrated city region food systems intervention strategies and programmes aiming. (iii)Provide policy assistance to local institutions to integrate climate resilience in existing food and agriculture policies and regulations and to design and formulate policies addressing climate resilience in city region food systems.


The FAOR will lead the implementation of the project in close collaboration with the City of Kigali as well as other districts of the city region food systems and city region food systems stakeholders.


FAO seeks to engage the services of a senior GIS consultant to:


  1. Acquiring relevant data for production of maps required for essential CRFS documents and stakeholder meetings
  2. Conducting relevant spatial analysis for the purpose of characterizing the food system for the City of Kigali and the surrounding regions
  3. Assisting with analysis of key climate shocks and stresses for the City of Kigali and surrounding regions as they relate to important factors supporting the food system such as critical ecosystem services, biodiversity, key infrastructure elements and important social or demographic factors that have a strong spatial component to them.


  1. Produce thematic maps describing food systems and climate risk and vulnerabilities in Kigali city region

 Reporting Lines

 The consultant will work under the general supervision of the FAO Representative to Rwanda, direct supervision of the Assistant FAOR/Programme and under the technical guidance of the national project coordinator, as well as FAO CRFS project team at FAO-HQ.


Technical Focus

GIS expert to collect and analyse spatial data as well as climate shocks and stresses to be used for the characterization of the Kigali city region food systems.

Tasks and responsibilities

 Specifically, the senior consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Collect raw spatial GIS data from relevant institutions on food systems across the City of Kigali and surrounding regions
  2. Create a GIS database with relevant spatial information harmonizing and organizing the available datasets. This will include primary georeferenced information collected by the project team. Transformation of raw spatial data into usable formats (i.e. maps, tables, graphs, etc) for use in CRFS documents and process
  3. Perform spatial analyses to correlate different spatial information (e.g. land use, climate, population, etc.)  and generate new datasets (e.g. access to markets for producers, access to food for consumers, climate risks, etc.)
  4. Generate specific maps, graphics which visualise key food flows, and spatial aspects of key climate and social factors relevant to food systems
  5. Present the report to CRFS stakeholders to get their insight for the amendment and finalization of the report
  6. Submit to FAORW Office a final report


 Minimum Requirements   

  • Advanced University degree in Agriculture sciences, rural development, Agro-economics and other related fields.
  • Five years of relevant experience in the field of GIS mapping  of the food systems, agriculture, natural resources management
  • National of Rwanda or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

 FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

 Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience in agricultural development and innovations
  • Extent and relevance of experience of conducting analytical consultancy studies, evaluations or equivalent, in the context of GIS and food systems in the cities
  • Familiarity with tools and methods for data collection and analysis of relevance to food systems in the cities
  • Familiarity with national food systems related  policy processes
  • Demonstrated communication skills
  • Analytical skills and ability to write clear and concise reports is considered as a strong asset.
  • Having experience in national, regional or international organizations in a variety of areas including agricultural development, value chains development and food systems.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, as well as leadership skills.
  • Sound expertise in conducting situational analyses engaging farmers, community, public/private institutions and other development stakeholders.
  • Hands-on experience in collecting and analysing climate related data and produce GIS maps
  • Capable to work independently and perform under tight deadlines.
  • Good inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking aptitude, ability to engage effectively with policy and decision makers.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English and Kinyarwanda is key to perform the tasks in Kigali city region communities. Knowledge of French will be an asset.
  • Previous and demonstrated experience in supporting FAO or other UN agencies in preparing development strategy document would be a strong advantage.


• FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing).
• Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]
• Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.
• Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
• For other issues, visit the FAO employment website:

To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]





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