Senior Geographic Information Assistant
Org. Setting and Reporting
ECA's mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 SDGs and Agenda 2063.
The mission is guided by ECA's five strategic directions which are: advancing ECA's position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent's problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa's position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.
The African Centre for Statistics (ACS) is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Centre is responsible for improving the production, dissemination and use of quality data and comparable data and statistics in Africa to support evidence-based policymaking, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 The Africa We want. It is divided into four main sections: Economic, Infrastructure and Agriculture Statistics; Demographic and Social Statistics; Statistical Development, Data Innovation and Outreach; and Geospatial Information Management Systems.
This position is located in the Geospatial Information Management Systems Section of the African Centre for Statistics in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Economic, Infrastructure, and Agriculture Statistics Section under the supervision of the Director, African Centre for Statistics.
With delegated authority, the Senior Geographic Information Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
• Independently provides full range of geospatial data analysis assistance at all phases of a geospatial data analysis initiative, typically, a large and highly complex component of the departmental geospatial data analysis initiatives, seeking guidance only in exceptional circumstances.
• Participate in the development of geographic information systems, databases and applications along with the necessary geospatial data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination.
• Assist in design, development and maintenance of online application systems and programs, typically using standard web-base APIs as well as UN established standards for information systems, technologies and tools.
• Serves as a focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of geospatial data analysis activity, involving extensive liaison with diverse parts of the organization to request geospatial data and to communicate geospatial data needs to other parts of the organization. Follows-up on requests made by other team members and coordinates activities.
• Maintains specific information products in their area and assists more senior staff in providing information products to others.
• Drafts correspondence and communications related to all aspects of geospatial data analysis, including information on available geospatial data sets, geospatial data catalogs and geospatial data analysis, revisions and other related issues, as well as preparing unit contributions for a variety of periodic reports.
• Prepares newsletters and other products related to geospatial data analysis activities; drafts inputs for a wide range of documents/reports, briefings/debriefings, correspondence, etc.
• Provides guidance and training to new/junior staff and to other users of geoinformation services in ECA and partners organizations.
• Supervises other general service staff in the function.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Professionalism: Demonstrated broad and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of technologies related to the development, management, utilization and dissemination of geoinformation resources, including state-of-the-art knowledge of systems, applications and techniques; strong technical skills, ability to participate in development and maintenance of applications and provide user support. 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.
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.
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.Job - Specific Qualification
Passing the UN's Global General Services Test (GGST) is required. Please refer to the Special Notice section for additional information about the GGST.Work Experience
Ten (10) years of experience in geospatial information, analysis, mapping data visualization, information management or related area is required.
Experience with GIS software: ArcGIS Suite (including ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS online and their respective extensions) and ERDAS Imagine is desirable.
Experience with geographic information system design and development, geo-database design and management, software programming languages and with proven skills in web application development is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
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. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
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