GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER [Temporary]

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2022
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2022
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Supply Chain, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all Secretariat Entities, Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions, Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the UN system worldwide.

This position is located within the Client Solutions Delivery Section (CSDS), Service for Geospatial Information and Telecommunications Technologies (SGITT), of the UNGSC, Brindisi, Italy.

The incumbent will report to the Chief of Data and Visualization Unit within the CSDS, or designated officer.

Responsibilities

Takes responsibility for the timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geospatial information and maps in support of the UN operations; Coordinates the collection, processing, evaluation and dissemination of geospatial data including vector, raster, thematic, open data and big data; Conduct geospatial/terrain analysis studies and prediction of the effects of terrain, weather and situation on the mission's operations; Implements quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures for all products generated and disseminated by the Client Solutions Delivery Section, including geospatial data and web base &mobile map applications.

Designs, implements and maintains global hybrid geospatial database system as well as other geographic information systems (GIS) and associated services, ensuring appropriate data security and access controls; Designs, implements and maintains system backup and disaster recovery plans; Support the design, implementation and maintenance of the UNGSC geospatial information infrastructure including servers and network, GIS Cloud, IOT and AR/VR/MR technologies; and supports the development of geospatial information and mapping applications including web-based and mobile applications, applying ITIL, Agile and DevOps practices.

Coordinates the collection, processing, storage and dissemination of geospatial data with UN Field Offices, DOS UNGIS Section, and UNGSC customers, including UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, and Offices Away of HQ (OAH); and Assists in the promotion of services and undertakes day-to-day geospatial operation matters.

Provides input and conducts geospatial information training and education programmes for UN staff; Participates in mission start-up and other field work as required; Manages junior staff and consultants in carrying out technical tasks in the Client Delivery Section.

Competencies

- Professionalism: Knowledge of geography, geographic information systems (GIS), web and mobile solutions development; Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; problems or challenges; Takes responsibility for
incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work..

- Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

- Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

- Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches tasks to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in geospatial information science, cartography, geography or other disciplines that involve geospatial information related programmes. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification in Project Management is desirable

Certification in any Agile Practice is desirable

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of geospatial information (e.g. geospatial information applications, geospatial database management, geospatial/terrain analysis, cartography and mapping, image processing, GPS and surveying) or related fields is required.

Experience in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) software for desktop and cloud base infrastructure (ESRI, Geocortex & Open Source) is required.

Experience with spatial database systems both proprietary (ArcSDE, MS SQL Server) and Open Source (PostgreSQL, PostGIS) are required.

Experience in field operations such as UN peacekeeping or humanitarian operations or similar International related field experience is desirable.

Experience in the use of GIS applications is desirable.

Experience in developing web mapping applications is desirable.

Experience with 2D and 3D graphic software is desirable.

Experience with innovative technologies such as IOT or AR/VR/MR is desirable.

Experience in managing multidisciplinary teams is desirable.

Experience in applying Agile Methodologies in the design and development of geospatial solutions is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

The position is expected to be relocated to Valencia, as of 01 July, subject to approval by the General Assembly.

โ€ข This position is temporarily available for a period of six months with possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

โ€ข While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

โ€ข Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

โ€ข This temporary job opening may be limited to โ€œinternal candidates,โ€ who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

โ€ข Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

โ€ข Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term โ€œsexual exploitationโ€ means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term โ€œsexual abuseโ€ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term โ€œsexual harassmentโ€ means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetratorโ€™s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on โ€œManualsโ€ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTSโ€™ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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