Geospatial Information Officer , UN DESA – United States

$115,738 - $155,087 / YEAR Expires in 3 weeks


Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Secretariat for the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Geospatial Information Officer reports to the Chief of Section. The Secretariat undertakes substantial activities in order to support the Committee’s global architecture and normative and implementation work on global geospatial information management, including implementing the recommendations of the Committee approved by the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework.
Within delegated authority, the Geospatial Information Officer is responsible for the following: -Provides policy advice and coordinate monitoring and reporting needs and outputs on the geospatial-statistical integration aspects and methodological approaches for the SDGs and their global indicator framework leveraging the SDGs Geospatial Roadmap and Global Statistical Geospatial Framework as adopted by the Committee of Experts. – Prepares guidance and reports on these issues; assess, synthesize reports and propose recommendations to the Committee of Experts on implementation. – Follow-up and review of the geospatial aspects of the SDGs and other priority development priorities including but not limited to the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the SAMOA Pathway. – Creates databases of information and reports submitted by countries, regional, subregional and international organizations to the Committee of Experts on the implementation, follow-up and review of the SDGs. – Coordinate the efforts of the Committee of Experts to work with the Statistical Commission, and with the broader United Nations system, to integrate geospatial and statistical information systems. – Collaborates with statisticians, data engineers and data scientists to improve data flows, data quality, etc. – Develops and implements geospatial databases, geospatial data collection systems, geospatial data analytics and other strategies that optimize geo-statistical efficiency and quality. – Performs and documents methods, processes and quality assurances of programmed outputs. – Identifies, analyzes, and interprets trends or patterns, using basic machine learning techniques, statistical methods to identify relevant features and variables in structured and unstructured sources of information and data. – Develops and implements various analysis, reporting and quality control capabilities. – Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the mandate and operational focus of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Integrated Geospatial Information Framework. Ability to provide technical advice in the development and implementation of policies, programmes and methodologies. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and proficiency in 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 Secretariat and 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. Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent degree) in geography, geoinformatics or geomatics (survey and mapping), geospatial information, geospatial or Earth sciences, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in geospatial information management and applied geospatial analytics, methodologies and/or quality control, survey, mapping and earth observations applications and development, or related area is required. Experience in utilizing geospatial technologies and software (instruments, systems, database management, geospatial analysis, mapping, web services development or programming languages, data visualization) or related area is required. Experience in programmes, projects or initiatives related to geospatial information management at the national level is required. Experience in national or regional geospatial initiatives or regional/international geospatial information related cooperation is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. 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.
Special Notice
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. 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. 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. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 Nov 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.
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. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions. Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
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New York, United States