Job Opening

Posting Title: Geographic Information Systems Officer, P4
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 11 August 2017 - 24 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Information Management Systems-ECA-83237-R-Addis Ababa (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Geoinformation and Sectoral Statistics Section, in the African Center for Statistics (ACS) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Chief Geoinformation & Sectoral Statistics


Under the general guidance of the Director of the Division, and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section, the Geographic Information Systems Officer:
•Provides Technical support to the incorporation of socio-economic and environmental core and thematic data in GIS database structure to facilitate better analysis and presentation.
•Assists in planning, organizing and servicing conferences, seminars and training workshops
•Participates in providing technical expert services to member States, sub-regional and regional institutions in order to enhance the effective use of geoinformation technologies for sustainable development.

Specifically, the incumbent will:

•Assist in preparing policy guidelines for the establishment of local, national and regional spatial data infrastructures and their integration into national/regional information infrastructures.
•Provide technical support to ECA for the incorporation of GIS and other geoinformation tools and techniques in the analysis and presentation of socio-economic data to facilitate ECA's own research work.
•Provide technical assistance to ECA for the incorporation and management of spatially referenced data and information via electronic networks, including sourcing geospatial (images, vector/raster databases, metadata) and statistical data from the Internet and elsewhere for ECA researchers and decision makers; maintaining a clearinghouse on Africa related spatial and statistical resources; working on mechanisms to link to institutions responsible for geospatial information and identify tools for data exchange to facilitate access to relevant data as well as disseminate geospatial and statistical data.
•Assist ECA in establishing a metadata base on programmes, activities and databases related to geospatial information carried out in Africa by African governments, IGOs, NGOs, international organizations, universities and other relevant bodies.
•Conduct specialized studies on spatial data acquisition, data retrieval and data processing facilities available in the region, including the formulation of proposals aimed at enhancing the effective use of geospatial information technology as a basic information resource.
•Assist the African Centre for Statistics in providing, when necessary, expert advice to member States, sub-regional and regional institutions, focusing on strengthening national, sub-regional and regional capacities, with particular emphasis on endogenous capacity building.
•Attend and contribute professionally to seminars, workshops, meetings and conferences related to geospatial and statistical information issues.
•Assist in the development of skills of ECA staff on the use of geospatial information tools and techniques.
•Perform other duties as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrated broad and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of policies and technologies related to the development, management, utilization and dissemination of geospatial information resources, including state-of-the-art knowledge of systems, applications and techniques, gained through long experience in the field; recognized expertise in the field; demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; ability to advise senior management on complex geospatial information systems development and related matters of significant importance to the institution and member states. Solid technical knowledge of Geospatial Information Infrastructures is required. Expertise in map services, metadata management and graphic and mapping software is highly desirable. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in geomatics, cartography, environmental and earth sciences, information sciences, computer sciences, statistics or related field with specialization in a major area of Geospatial Information Management is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience, at least five years at the international level, in formulating policies and in the design and implementation of spatially referenced geospatial information infrastructure, including the manipulation of related datasets and information via electronic networks is required. Sound experience in planning and executing geoinformation projects, practical experience in/on Africa is highly desirable


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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