Job Opening

Posting Title: GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER, FS6
Job Code Title: GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
Duty Station: NAQOURA
Posting Period: 10 September 2018 - 24 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Information Management Systems-UNIFIL-103320-F-Naqoura (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Geographical Information Service unit (GIS), Field Technology Section (FTS), United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Naqoura. The Geospatial Information Officer reports to the Chief of GIS Unit.

Responsibilities

- Takes responsibility for the timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geospatial information and maps in support of the mission’s operations; Coordinates the collection, processing, evaluation and dissemination of geospatial data including vector, raster and thematic data; Conducts geospatial/terrain analysis studies and prediction of the effects of terrain and situation on the mission’s operations; Implements quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures for all products generated and disseminated by the Section, including geospatial data and maps.
- Designs, implements and maintains the mission’s geospatial database system as well as other geographic information systems (GIS) and associated services, ensuring appropriate data security and access controls;
- Administer, install, upgrade and configure all GIS systems such as ArcGIS Server and Geo-event Server. Designs, implements and maintains system backup and disaster recovery plans; - Designs, implements and maintains the mission’s geospatial information infrastructure including servers and network, large-format plotters and scanners, printers and mobile devices;
- Leads the development of geospatial information and mapping applications including web based innovative applications (desktop and mobile) and manage complex systems projects.
- Coordinates with counterparts in other offices of the mission, UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the host nation on collection and sharing of geospatial data;
- Undertakes the timely exchange of geospatial information between the mission and the Cartographic Section of the Department of Field Support and Undertakes day-to-day geospatial operation matters between the mission and the Geospatial Information Section of the UN Global Service Centre (UNGSC).
- Provides input and conducts geospatial information training and education programmes for mission staff; Participates in mission start-up and other field work as required;
- Manages junior staff and consultants in carrying out technical tasks in the Section/Unit.
- Prepares budgetary requirements for GIS infrastructure and its maintenance, supplies and accessories. Prepare acquisition plan and make technical evaluations.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of geographic information and its related matters; recognized expert in the field; ability to integrate knowledge with the Organization’s broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand geographic information applications for field operations such as UN peace operations and mapping in general; ability to establish priorities, direct others in the execution of the programme and ensure timely delivery of results. Knowledge in graphic software. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to geographic information and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical qualification in Geospatial Sciences (Cartography, Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and/or equivalent) which involves geospatial information and image processing programmes is required. Certificates in the field of GIS, geography, cartography, image processing and geospatial related skills are desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in geospatial information (e.g. geospatial information applications, geospatial database management, geospatial/terrain analysis, cartography and mapping, image processing, GPS and surveying) or related fields is required. Experience with GIS software ArcGIS (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView and its extensions) and ERDAS Imagine is required. Experience in development of web mapping applications is desirable. Experience with geo-database systems, software programming languages and web technology is desirable. Experience with geospatial information applications including IPB (Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield) is desirable. Two (2) years of experience in the United Nations field operations, inclusive of Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions, is desirable. Experience in multinational working environment would also be an asset.


The minimum years of required experience is reduced to five years for candidates who possess a first level or advanced University degree.

Languages

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. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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No Fee

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