Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan
Duty Station: JUBA
Posting Period: 13 August 2019 - 27 August 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Information Management Systems-UNMISS-121376-F-Juba (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 Juba, in the Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technology Section (GITTS) of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Chief Geospatial Information Officer reports to the Chief of Section.


Within delegated authority, the Chief, Geospatial Information Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Takes responsibility for the strategic planning, implementation and management of all geospatial information related matters within the mission.
• Manages the Geospatial Information Office. Leads and directs a team of Geospatial Information Staff (civilian and military) in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment.
• Undertakes programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
• Coordinates the timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geospatial information and maps in support of the mission’s operations; Oversees the collection, processing, evaluation and dissemination of geospatial data; Supervises geospatial/terrain analysis studies and prediction of the effects of terrain, weather and situation on the mission’s operations; Monitors and ensures quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures on all products generated and disseminated by the Unit, including geospatial data and maps.
• Provides substantive support to the Section Chief in the strategic planning, implementation and management of all geospatial information related matters; Assists the Chief in managing the Section, performing OIC duties and provides policy support, proposals and options on programmatic/administrative tasks including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting and staff recruitment.
• 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 Geospatial Information Section of the Office of Information and Communications Technology in UNHQ; Undertakes day-to-day geospatial operation matters between the mission and the Geospatial Information Section of the UN Global Service Centre (UNGSC).
• Develops and conducts geospatial information training and education programmes for mission staff; Participates in mission start-up and other field work as required; Manages task force team and projects;
• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Advanced technical qualifications and broad knowledge of geospatial information and its related matters; recognized expert in the field; intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with the Organization's broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand geospatial information applications for field operations such as UN peace operations and mapping in general; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity for relating geospatial information to the business process; ability to analyse and evaluate critical systems matters; Knowledge and practical experience of the following GIS software is required: ArcGIS (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView and all extensions), ERDAS Imagine and Leica photogrammetry Suite (LPS). Knowledge of base mapping, geospatial information system (GIS) design and implementation, geospatial database design and development, web technologies and project management tools. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in
work situations. 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.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in geospatial information science, cartography, geography or other disciplines that involve geospatial information related programmes. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of 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. Proficiency in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) software is required.
At least two (2) years of experience in field operations such as UN peacekeeping or humanitarian operations are desirable. Experience with geospatial information applications such as IPB (Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield) and experience in military, especially in terrain analysis is desirable. Proficiency in the use of GIS applications is desirable. Familiarity with spatial database systems such as ArcSDE or ArcGIS Server is desirable. Experience in development of web mapping applications is desirable. Knowledge or experience in graphic software is desirable. Experience in carrying out administrative functions of a Unit/Section, which would include preparation of budget/cost estimates, reporting on budget/programme performance, procurement of goods and services along with contract management, and the recruitment of staff is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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.

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.

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