United States of America: Associate Geospatial Information Officer (Image Analyst)

Organization: UNOPS
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 14 Aug 2017

Background Information – Job-specific

The Associate Geospatial Information Officer (Image Analyst) will carry out his/her tasks within DFS/ICTD Geospatial Information Section.

Under the overall supervision of UNOPS DFS Global Programme Manager, the incumbent will work under Chief Geospatial Information Section or a designated officer and responsible for providing cartographic and geospatial products.

Functional Responsibilities

The Associate Geospatial Information Officer (Image Analyst) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Perform analysis based on a variety of sources such as satellite imagery, aerial photograph, geospatial information, internal memos and reports, open source intelligence and others;

  • Perform raster data processing;

  • Perform vector data edition;

  • Perform day-to-day liaison work with clients to understand and articulate short and medium term requirements;

  • Develop innovative geospatial products and visuals to convey the results of the analysis;

  • Maintain geodatabase and catalogue of imagery post-processed derivative works.

  • Conduct peer-review and quality control of GIS and imagery products prepared by other colleagues.

  • Document workflows and processes.

  • Perform other tasks as required.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Functional competencies

Professionalism: Technical qualification of remote sensing, geospatial information systems (GIS), earth science, geography, cartography and its related matters; experience in groundwater exploration; knowledge and skill in Remote Sensing for processing various satellite imagery; ability to understand cartographic and GIS production and mapping; 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.

Client Orientation:** Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress and setbacks in projects; meets time line for delivery of products or services to clients.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Cartography, Geography, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), or related fields. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 2 years of experience in GIS, remote sensing, imagery analysis, geospatial analysis or related fields is required.

  • Professional knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop (v10), ERDAS Imagine, relational databases (MS SQL Server) is required.

  • Professional experience as an imagery analyst, preferably in a military or humanitarian context is required.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills is required..

  • Professional experience of digital cartography in a GIS environment is required.

  • Basic graphics software skills (e.g Adobe Suite) to prepare final touches of the digital cartography prepared in a GIS environment is required.

  • Professional experience in statistical analysis using enterprise office software (e.g. MS Excel, MS Access) is required.

  • Python scripting, preferably in ArcGIS environment is desirable.

  • Infographic and Graphics experience using enterprise graphics software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop) is desirable.


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

Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Contract level: P2
Contract duration: 1 year (renewable subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance)

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Additional Considerations

Assessment Method

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

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

UNOPS vision is a world where people can live full lives supported by appropriate, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and by the efficient and transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management.

With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

Background information- ECR

Based in Geneva, the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals with particular emphasis on health, environment and economic development.
  • Position UNOPS in the Balkan sub-region, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information – Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services

How to apply:

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