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GIS Analyst

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: IPSA-9, International Personnel Service Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Engineering
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Population matters (trends and census)
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-17

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The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.


  • UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements;
  • Any travels related to official performance of duties will be covered by UNDP.

Office/Unit/Project Description: 

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, this period is seen as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. UNDP supports countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

  • Sustainable development
  • Democratic governance and peacebuilding
  • Climate and disaster resilience

In all of its activities, UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

The annual Human Development Report, commissioned by UNDP, focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and often controversial policy proposals. The global Report's analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

Institutional Arrangement:

  • The candidate  will be working with and directly reporting to the Quality Assurance Specialist; 
  • The Quality Assurance Specialist and the Chief of Portfolio Management Office has the overall responsibility to guide both the GIS Analyst;
  • Progress reporting will be done twice a week during the GIS weekly meetings every Tuesday and Thursday. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:

Visibility of achievement is still a concern for some UNDP country offices and their partners. Therefore, UNDP is recognizing the need to enhance the transparency of projects’ results and of their impact. The enhanced transparency will improve projects’ monitoring and reporting to donors and all stakeholders.

Although communication, monitoring and reporting teams have managed to provide timely, accurate and updated facts, security and access are inevitable constraints that still limit their expectations.

The Geo-localized maps with Satellite Imagery analysis will allow monitoring projects, measuring impacts and communicating results in a more visual manner. It covers a wider area with less effort, and can reach areas that involve cumbersome travel.

The objective of this project is the implementation of a satellite imagery analysis through a GIS platform. This solution should assist in enhancing overall UNDP’s planning and coordination, field monitoring, communication and donor mobilization.

The first phase will focus on communicating and monitoring UNDP’s results on the reconstruction of public infrastructures. Next phases would integrate other socio-economic and environmental changes that could be visually captured resulting on UNDP and partners’ interventions on the field.

The GIS Specialist will conduct the following activities:

  • Information gathering:
    • Meet with users to define data needs, project requirements and required outputs;
    • Conduct research to locate and obtain information related to specific projects;
    • Collect Projects’ geo-localized information such as photos, videos, projects’ statistics, projects’ documents and evaluation materials, and any other archives related to a better understanding of the project’s progress, achievements, and impact on communities;
    • Gather, analyze, and integrate spatial data from staff and determine how best the information can be displayed using GIS;
    • Prepare metadata and other documentation needed;
    • Analyze UNDP’s projects impact on the local communities and build a scenario of possible enhancement;
    • Analyze spatial data for geographic statistics to incorporate into documents and reports.
    • Configure and maintain ArcGIS Survey 123.
  • Impact analysis:
    • Work with raw satellite imageries and process them to be used in a GIS system;
    • Build required layers in GIS system (ArcGIS) that will show the full required satellite imagery analysis and the different layers;
    • Analyze spatial data for geographic statistics to incorporate into documents and reports;
    • Install, configure, maintain and manage ArcGIS Enterprise server.
  • Training, communication and support:
    • Present information to users;
    • Frequently communicate information with UNDP country offices, UNDP Regional Bureaux, and UNDP Office of Information and Technology  Management (ITM) team;
    • Provide training to local users on the usage of final products;
    • Provide GIS support to users and support the GIS tools and servers in use;
    • Ability to raise tickets with the providers support team (teir 3) and reach a resolution.

Expected outputs and deliverables:

  • Efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality GIS services rendered to UNDP-ITM, with the main foundational deliverable being a platform with layered maps;
  • Analyzed satellite imageries layer;
  • UNDP geo-localized projects’ information and statistics;
  • Geo-localized content layer (multimedia such as photos and videos taken through crowdsourcing from the ground);
  • Promoting the use of GIS survey tools to help UNDP projects collect geo-localized information from the field;
  • Utilization of global best practices in GIS and remote sensing tools.



Core competencies:

  • Self-management:
    • Responsibility for one’s own work and actions;
    • Focusing on results for the project implementation and responding positively to feedback;
    • Interacting with others in a professional and respectful manner;
    • Pro-active, taking initiative and creatively providing solutions to problems;
    • Completing tasks efficiently and with minimum supervisory follow-up;
    • Managing own time and tasks effectively and efficiently;
    • Carefully checking own work in terms of accuracy and completeness.
  • Knowledge management and learning:
    • Sharing knowledge and experience with colleagues;
    • Actively working towards continuing personal learning, and applying newly acquired skills;
    • Demonstrating openness to improve and ability to manage complexities.

Functional competencies:

  • Analytical skills – the ability to solve problems using the GIS tools, and to analyze requirements;
  • Information gathering and analysis skills – knowing how to find information and identify essential information, and validate the information;
  • Information ordering – the ability to correctly follow a given rule or set of rules in order to arrange things or actions in a certain order;
  • Communication skills – the ability to convey GIS/spatial information to non-GIS/technical people.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education:

  • Masters Degree in geography or earth science, or related field; Bachelors degree with additional 2 years of experience can be accepted in lieu of Masters Degree.

Min. years of relevant Work experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience  in geo-localized statistics, geographic information systems, remote sensing and projects’ information gathering and analysis is required;

Required  skills and competencies:

  • Experience of GIS systems and tools such as ArcGIS, QGIS is required;
  • Experience in Satellite Imageries processing and mosaic is required;
  • Experience in ArcGIS Enterprise server and add-ons (configuration and maintenance) is required.

Desired additional skills and competencies:

  • Operations, support & Maintenance : Ability to work with different online users and provider remotely; 
  • Capacity Building: Provide remote and onsite training to focal points and other players involved in GIS projects in order to build technical capacity;
  • Data Analysis: Ability to work with simulation software, compile and analyze technical and financial data, and produce initial system design and key figures for decision making;
  • Knowledge Management: Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge;
  • Team Player: Ability work effectively in collective tasks and rally the team together for high quality output;
  • Operational Efficiency: Ability to identify and execute opportunities to improve operational efficiency;
  • Project Management experience is an asset;
  • UN work experience will be an added advantage.

Required Language(s) (at working level):

  • Proficiency in English;
  • Working knowledge of other UN languages are desirable. 


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