Job Opening

Posting Title: GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Mission to support the Hodeidah Agreement
Duty Station: HODEIDAH
Posting Period: 18 March 2021 - 27 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Information Management Systems-UNMHA-152224-F-Hodeidah (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 Field Technology Section of the United Nations Mission in Support of the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA). The incumbent will support the Mission's personnel with their day-to-day situational awareness by geospatial analysis and satellite imagery analysis. The incumbent will supervise a unit of 2 personnel. The incumbent will be based in Hudaydah, Yemen and will report to the Senior Administrative Officer in Hudaydah and the Chief Field Technology Section in Amman.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Geospatial Information Officer will be responsible for the following core duties:

•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, weather and situation on the Mission's operations; Implements quality assurance (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 geospatial information systems (GIS) and associated services, ensuring appropriate data security and access controls; Designs, implements and maintains system back 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; and leads the development of geospatial information and mapping including web-based applications.
•Coordinate 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 Operations Support Division, OICT; and undertakes day-to-day geospatial operation maters 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 the Mission start-up and other field work as required; Manages junior staff and consultants in carrying out technical tasks in the Section / Unit.
- Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

- Professionalism: Advanced technical qualifications and broad 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. 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.

- 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.

- Technological Awareness: In-depth knowledge of the latest technological developments in geographic information, image processing, Global Positioning System (GPS) and web applications. Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Cartography, Geography, Geographic/Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), Computer Sciences and/or related fields is required. 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 five (5) years of progressively responsible 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 field is required.
Proficiency in the use of GIS software and applications is required.
One (1) year related experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
Relevant knowledge, experience and certifications in Umoja is highly desirable.

Languages

French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this job opening, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Working knowledge of Arabic 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.

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.

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