23 Mar 2020

Communications Technician (Radio) at Frankfurt Zoological Society

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Job Summary

Ensures that the digital VHF radio system installed in Selous Game Reserve (SGR) is fully functioning as per requirements of the park management. Support the installation and management of digital VHF radio in the south of SGR. Ensure that all equipment is inventoried and kept in good order. Support other FZS and SGR communication requirements as required.

Job Description

Location: Miguruwe, Selous Game Reserve / Matambwe, Nyerere National Park

Reports to: Deputy Project Leader

Key functions:

  1. Ensure a fully functioning digital VHF radio network in the SGR through:
  2. programming and the development of code plugs relevant to the needs of the park;
  3. regular, structured maintenance of repeater stations and PTP links;
  4. regular, structured maintenance of field radio stations;
  5. continual improvements to the system, to ensure full capacity usage.
  6. Maintain an inventory of all radios, and repeater stations;
  7. Expand the current radio system as needed by the SGR management;
  8. Train field staff in the use and care of digital VHF radios;
  9. Maintain the IT equipment of the project, including the digital links between repeater stations;
  10. Maintain and upgrade the radio solar power charging installations in the field and repeater stations;
  11. Maintain stores with necessary maintenance and back-up equipment needed to ensure a fully functioning radio system;
  12. Assist with the radio component of the central radio control room in Matambwe;
  13. Ensure that the radio GPS tracking (for portables and mobiles) is fully functioning and in use by SGR management;
  14. Assist with maintaining internet connectivity to the 8 sector HQ of SGR
  15. Undertake other activities assigned by the Project Leader even if outside the duties as per this job description;
  16. Provide a brief report at the end of each month for the Project Leader of main activities undertaken during the month;

Qualifications and experience – essential:

  1. Proven professional background in digital radio communcations
  2. Experience of installing and maintaining solar installations
  3. Good IT and computing skills
  4. Fluency in both Swahili and English
  5. Good report writing skills
  6. Availability, ability and willingness to work in remote areas in Tanzania

Behaviour Competencies

The successful candidate needs to:

  1. Maintain sensitive information with utmost confidentiality and integrity
  2. Provide sound technical advise without bias
  3. Work and live in very remote conditions in simple accommodation
  4. Be physically fit and able to deal with remote working field locations
  5. Be willing and able to live and work with a small team in a remote location

Key relationships:

  1. Project Manager of SGR
  2. Head of SGR Law enforcement and Sector Wardens of SGR
  3. Radio Control Room management team
  4. FZS Selous Project Leader and Deputy Project leader
  5. FZS Selous Project Team
  6. FZS Tz Country Director and other FZS staff
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      Method of Application

Interested applicants should send their applications to [email protected] with all required supporting documents to be received before or by 15th of April 2020 at 15.30 hours. Please email a letter of application outlining relevant previous experience and your CV

Only successful applicants will be contacted for interview.

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