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GIS Assistant

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: CTG - Committed To Good
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-29

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In operation since 2006, today we are honoured to serve clients in 15 fragile and conflict-affected states assisting with disaster relief, peace building, humanitarian aid and development programmes through our specialised recruitment, HR management and operational services.
Overview of position
The position is located with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Regional Programmes Division and based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Regional Programmes Division is responsible for consolidating and enhancing the linkages between UN Habitat's activities in the field with the Strategic Plan, the 2030 Agenda, and the UN-Habitat’s overall future priorities and to make sure that they are appropriate to the country context.

UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific manages UN-Habitat’s project portfolio in the Asia and Pacific region. It ensures that country priorities are in alignment with the UN-Habitat’s organizational policies and strategic objectives and brings through its Regional Representative to the attention of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) opportunities and challenges in the region, allowing for timely feedback and responses to urgent demands and requests from the Member States.

The Afghanistan Programme is a strategic partner of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in promoting sustainable urban development. Since 1992, UN-Habitat has worked closely with the government, municipal and local authorities, especially Afghan communities, contributing to the physical and social reconstruction of the country. Our work has focused on assisting the government in the development of urban policies and regulations; strategic urban planning; increasing municipal revenue; establishing community-based organizations; addressing the land and housing needs of IDPs and returnees and contributing to the provision of basic urban services.

The Sustainable Human Settlements in Urban Areas to Support Reintegration in Afghanistan (SHURA):

The overarching intention of the Sustainable Human Settlements in Urban Areas to Support Reintegration in Afghanistan (SHURA) programme is to provide a platform for returnees and protracted IDPs to reintegrate and become productive citizens of Afghanistan as quickly as possible. Integrating the lessons of the past decade of responses to displacement in Afghanistan, the program is based on the identification and allocation of appropriate land to returnees and IDPs in proximity to livelihood opportunities as the foundation for self-reliance. Following the identification of sites, the settlement will be directed based on a comprehensive assessment of sites’ carrying capacity, economically, environmentally and socially.

 A land allocation process based on interim tenure arrangements will allow beneficiaries to occupy land with minimal delays and will form the basis for the subsequent allocation of land titles. Humanitarian assistance will be distributed in locations where returnees and IDPs have access to adequate opportunities to become self-reliant and long term tenure security. Permanent development interventions to improve access to basic services
and housing will be delivered in parallel with humanitarian assistance, augmenting self-reliance, avoiding the creation of dependent ‘camps’ and bridging the humanitarian/development ‘gap’.


The SHURA programme thus seeks to provide a platform from which returnees and IDPs can be the driving force behind their own integration and development by becoming productive members of hosting areas
 
  • The GIS Assistant will be reporting on a day-to-day basis to GIS Associate and will adequately, continuously and comprehensively keep the his / her reporting line informed.
 She/he will have the following duties and responsibilities:
Role objectives
The GIS Assistant will work at Kabul base with possible travel to other areas when needed. The main responsibilities will Providing area based spatial analysis on site conditions, site occupation, land use, water availability, access, environmental risks, existing plans and other relevant aspects to inform development of settlement plans and upgrading plans; Support field work activities such as participatory community mapping of existing flooding effected family and update GIS data accordingly; Use satellite imagery / Arial photo and apply remote sensing techniques to extract natural and manmade hazards information and prepare the analysed hazards maps. The GIS Assistant will also be responsible in coordinating and leading any emergency relief situations involving Spatial Analysis efforts, creating and drafting technical designs, and submitting regular reports on the work being completed. The candidate will backstop other Engineers on site as and when required.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Use a range of GPS tools in the field to capture the location of 'assets' such as bridges, water channel, road barriers, site nearby objects, flood defences and data collection.
  • Providing area based spatial analysis on site conditions, site occupation, land use, water availability, access, environmental risks, existing plans and other relevant aspects to inform development of settlement plans and upgrading plans;
  • Undertake spatial Digital Elevation Model (DEM) analysis to enhance the drainage channel and recognize flooding ways also identify and assume the flooding area onsite.
  • Analyze and interpret the suitable satellite imagery / Arial photo to identify and extract the hazards zone of the site. 
  • Coordinate the assessment and analysis of existing settlement/ site condition using aerial, remote sensing, mobile data collection and crowdsourcing techniques;
  • Support field work activities such as participatory community mapping of existing flooding effected family and update GIS data accordingly.
  • Produce custom maps/layers and reports on targeted settlements.
  • Work in close collaboration with Parwan municipality and counterpart staff, exchanging information and providing and receiving guidance and assistance on the implementation of technical activities to support flooding effected family;
  • Assist in timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geographic information and maps in support of the mission’s operations;
  • Collect, process and evaluate geographic data, including vector, raster and thematic data; moreover, archive mission geographic data, maintain and update geo-database system;
  • Use satellite imagery / Arial photo and apply remote sensing techniques to extract natural and manmade hazards information and prepare the analysed maps.
  • Support the use of satellite image for data collection and analysis, develop map layout (cartography, including standardized colours schemes ad standard templates for high quality.
  • Provide technical assistance to projects as needed including support to acquisition of field data, aerial surveys, urban planning, spatial planning, site development and other imagery.
  • Use tools to join together different GIS datasets and create new information or investigate patterns, e.g. estimating the number of people potentially affected by flooding, using population growth figures and planning information to estimate increasing/decreasing demand for recovery capacity.
  • Keep record of spatial data and maps and make ensure its availability when needed.
  • Data management, including Quality Control; Perform GIS data quality control of field data. The process of quality control includes reviewing the data for completeness and accuracy, identifying, correcting errors or omissions in the data and insuring that the data is stored correctly in the project GIS database, including, correct coordinate projection and metadata.
  • Contribute to the technical, progress and final reports of the project;
  • Perform any other duties and responsibilities which are within the expertise and experience as may be required by UN-Habitat in support of the activities of the agency and programme.
Results Expected:
 
  • Spatial mapping and and design, estimation, flooding effected population.
  • Data management, including Quality Control; Perform GIS data quality control of field data. The process of quality control includes reviewing the data for completeness and accuracy, identifying, correcting errors or omissions in the data and insuring that the data is stored correctly in the project GIS database, including, correct coordinate projection and metadata.
  • Hazard Analysing mapping and proceed the spatial reporting.
Coordinate with governmetanl stackholders (MUDL, Municipality, MAIL and MoEW) in the porpuse ot data collection and sharing.
Project reporting
Report to the Project manager.
Key competencies Competencies (Select 3 Maximum)

Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve budgetary problems and identify sources for data collection. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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. 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& 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
Team management
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Further information
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