Job Opening

Posting Title: Assistant Survey Officer (Remote Sensing/ Geographical Information Systems), P1
Job Code Title: Assistant Geographic Information Officer
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 01 February 2022 - 10 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Information Management Systems-UNODC-172666-R-Vienna (E)
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 Programme Development and Management Unit (PDMU), Research and Trend Analysis Branch (RAB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme (ICMP) Programme Manager and the overall guidance of the Chief of the Unit.

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This post is part of the HQ-based ICMP (Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme), which supports the international community and concerned governments in the monitoring of illicit narcotic crop cultivation in various regions of the world. The Assistant Survey Officer will provide support to the management and implementation of UNODC's Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme in Afghanistan and the Central Asian region, as well as related research activities. Within assigned authority, the incumbent will perform the following specific tasks:

• Provide support in the development and implementation of Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme related activities in the region, including illicit crop surveys; research on regional developments linked to Afghan opiate production; and support the use of remote sensing methodologies for monitoring and analytical purposes.
• Maintain close contacts and working relations with relevant counterparts involved in the implementation of illicit crop monitoring and related projects; obtain and exchange relevant information on a regular basis.
• Assist in the planning and implementation of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) related research on illicit activities in the region, including the development of geospatial analytical systems.
• Assist in analysing information and data, and providing estimations using statistical techniques.
• Contribute to the preparation and delivery of technical training of national and international staff to support the strengthening of remote sensing and GIS capacities in UNODC field offices and national governments.
• Participate in field missions to support UNODC field offices and national governments in the field of Remote Sensing and GIS.
• Provide technical support to the implementation of remote sensing surveys of illicit activities such as preparation of land use/landcover maps, sampling, resources plan, acquisition of satellite images, download satellite images from the data providers, maintenance of databases, interpretation of remotely sensed data, GIS data analysis, and ground survey preparation, planning, monitoring and implementation.
• Prepare documentation for project revisions and financial and administrative processes; liaise with procurement, human resources and finance departments within UNODC and UNDP to ensure timely assistance from these departments to facilitate project delivery.
• Draft project semi-annual and annual reports, quarterly donor reports and ad-hoc status and project progress reports.
• Carry out any other work-related tasks as assigned by the ICMP Programme Manager.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to remote sensing and geographical/geospatial information systems (GIS) principles and practices, specifically the interpretation of the cultivation of crops using geographic/geospatial information systems; has good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; has knowledge of data collection, geo-database systems and web technology; 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; has good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender balance.

Planning & 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.


A first-level university degree in geography, statistics, social science, business administration, economics, international relations, public administration, or related field is required.

Work Experience

Applicants to positions at this level who have an advanced university degree in a relevant field of study are not required to have professional work experience. For applicants who have a first level university degree, two additional years of qualifying work experience is required.

A minimum of one year of relevant professional work experience in project management, data analysis and report writing is desirable.

Experience in technical cooperation related to drug control activities, programme and project development and implementation is desirable.

Experience in the application of GIS and remote sensing technologies is desirable.

Experience in managing projects/programmes or similar undertakings in a governmental or inter-governmental is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable. Working knowledge of Farsi/Dari is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse
and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated
in the application.

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.

Vienna is classified as a H and family duty station.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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