GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]
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.
Within delegated authority, the Geospatial Information Officer is responsible for the following:
• Locates and defines new geospatial visualization process improvement opportunities.
• Uses appropriate geospatial data sources (including open data and big data) for analytics projects.
• Collaborates with data engineers and data scientists to improve data flows, data quality, and visuals for the Client Solutions Delivery Section.
• Collaborates in the development and implementation of geospatial databases, geospatial data collection systems, geospatial data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality.
• Performs and documents methods, processes and quality assurances of visuals, web and paper maps (Base, topographic and thematic maps).
• Coordinates and communicates with clients and stakeholders on collection and sharing of geospatial data; Promotes services and undertakes the timely exchange of geospatial information and day-to-day geospatial operation matters.
• Develops and implements various analysis, reporting, visualization and symbology standards and Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures for all products generated and disseminated by the Section, including geospatial data and maps.Coordinates the creation of online dynamic web maps, web services and visualization dashboards,
including on the enterprise geoportal.
• Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of geography, geographic information systems (GIS), web and mobile solutions development, and management of spatial database systems; 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; 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in geoinformatics (geomatics), geospatial information, Earth sciences, remote sensing or other related geoscience field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Job - Specific Qualification
PRINCE 2 or ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certificate is desirable.Work Experience
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in geospatial information management, applied spatial analytics, earth observations, mapping, applications development, data visualization or related area is required.
Experience in utilizing geospatial software in mapping and web services development, including producing vector tiles, geospatial dashboards and publishing geospatial contents is required.
Experience in using ESRI Enterprise tools and extensions is desirable.
Experience in managing multidisciplinary teams is desirable.
Experience in designing, developing and managing maps visualization and symbology standards is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; .Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available until 28 March 2023, 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” 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.
• 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.
• 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.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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