GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION ASSISTANT
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) provides critical Logistics, Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies services and Training to all peacekeeping and special political missions around the world.
This position is located in the Analytics and Location Intelligence Unit (ALIU) of the Client Solution Delivery Section (CSDS) at the United Nations Global service Centre (UNGSC) in Brindisi, Italy.
The Geospatial Information Assistant is under the general supervision of the Chief Analytics and Location Intelligence Unit (ALIU).
Under the supervision of the Chief ALIU, the Geospatial Information Assistant is responsible for two main duties: 1) technical work, such as performance of image, geospatial, terrain, and environmental analysis and assisting in the preparation and development of geospatial analysis products and services; 2) administrative work, performing a wide range of administrative support functions for ALIU and CSDS.
1.Technical work on geospatial information service:
•Assist in the preparation of geospatial analysis products and reports;
•Collect, process and evaluate geospatial data;
•Integrate, analyse, and interpret geospatial data and remotely sensed imagery;
•Assist in the development of Analytics web sites and Hubs;
•Assist in the preparation, development and delivery of analytics services and products;
•Assist in carrying out geospatial/terrain and environmental analysis.
2.Administrative work performing a wide range of administrative support functions:
•Maintain communication with client in field missions;
•Coordinating administrative arrangements for official travel and training requests;
•Initiating procurement action for geographic information systems (GIS) equipment, software, supplies and services as well as satellite imagery by raising requisitions, and monitoring expenditures and payment of invoices;
•Perform other functions that may be assigned by the Chief Geospatial Information Officer or his/her designated officer.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of relevant programming language(s) and basic programming skills. Good technical skills, ability to participate in development and maintenance of applications, provide user support. Ability to respond to changing requirements and assignments, ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.
• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
• 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.
• CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Technical qualification in Geospatial Sciences (Cartography, Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or equivalent) which involves geospatial information and image processing programmes is required.
Certificates in the field of GIS, geography, cartography, image processing or geospatial related skills are desirable.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the field of geospatial information related work are required.
Experience with image processing and geospatial analysis is required.
Experience with change detection, surveillance and monitoring application is desirable.
Experience with ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), such as SAP or similar modules, as well as related financial processes are desirable.
Experience in proofreading, copying and editing is desirable.
Experience with flood mapping is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English, both oral and written, is required.
Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis.
This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country.
Applicants who are Italian nationals or nationals of a member state of the European Union need to upload a copy of their national passport. All other applicants need to have a valid work permit for Italy and need to upload a copy of such work permit. All other applicants, except current UNGSC staff members in Brindisi, need to provide a Certificato Penale and Certificato di Carichi Pendenti. Attachments need to be uploaded in Step 8 of the online application. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat. Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.
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 “sexual exploitation” 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 “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” 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 perpetrator’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.
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