Job Opening

Posting Title: GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER, P3
Job Code Title: GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station: VALENCIA
Posting Period: 08 August 2022 - 06 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Information Management Systems-UNLB-173849-R-Valencia (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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, Valencia, Spain..

The incumbent will report to the Chief of Data and Visualization Unit within the CSDS, or designated officer.

Responsibilities

Takes responsibility for the timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geospatial information and maps in support of the UN operations; Coordinates the collection, processing, evaluation and dissemination of geospatial data including vector, raster, thematic, open data and big data; Conduct geospatial/terrain analysis studies and prediction of the effects of terrain, weather and situation on the mission's operations; Implements quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures for all products generated and disseminated by the Client Solutions Delivery Section, including geospatial data and web base &mobile map applications.

Designs, implements and maintains global hybrid geospatial database system as well as other geographic information systems (GIS) and associated services, ensuring appropriate data security and access controls; Designs, implements and maintains system backup and disaster recovery plans; Support the design, implementation and maintenance of the UNGSC geospatial information infrastructure including servers and network, GIS Cloud, IOT and AR/VR/MR technologies; and supports the development of geospatial information and mapping applications including web-based and mobile applications, applying ITIL, Agile and DevOps practices.

Coordinates the collection, processing, storage and dissemination of geospatial data with UN Field Offices, DOS UNGIS Section, and UNGSC customers, including UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, and Offices Away of HQ (OAH); and Assists in the promotion of services and undertakes day-to-day geospatial operation matters.

Provides input and conducts geospatial information training and education programmes for UN staff; Participates in mission start-up and other field work as required; Manages junior staff and consultants in carrying out technical tasks in the Client Delivery Section.

Competencies

Professionalism: Technical knoweldge of geospatial information systems (GIS), web mapping, and maintenance of spatial database systems, including proprietary and open source. Knowledge and skills in cartographic and web mapping production; demonstrated skills in Enterprise geo database engine (ArcSDE); good presentation skills; 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.

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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches tasks to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in geospatial information science, cartography, geography or other disciplines that involve geospatial information related programmes 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.

Job - Specific Qualification

Certification in Project Management is desirable

Certification in any Agile Practice is desirable

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) 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.

Experience in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) software for desktop and cloud base infrastructure (ESRI, Geocortex & Open Source) is required.

Experience with spatial database systems both proprietary (ArcSDE, MS SQL Server) and Open Source (PostgreSQL, PostGIS) are required.

Experience in field operations such as UN peacekeeping or humanitarian operations or similar International related field experience is desirable.

Experience in developing web mapping applications is desirable.

Experience with innovative technologies such as IOT or AR/VR/MR is desirable.

Experience in managing multidisciplinary teams is desirable.

Experience in applying Agile Methodologies in the design and development of geospatial solutions is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

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.

This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

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.

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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No Fee

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