Department/Office:Field Missions
Duty Station:Field Locations
Posting Period:15 January 2018 – 13 February 2018
Job Opening Number:18-Information Management Systems-FMADFS-90067-P- (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in field missions of the United Nations Peace Operations and Special Political missions. Geospatial Information Officers typically report to the Chief, Geospatial Information Section, though reporting lines may depend on the mission structure and location of the post. There is a functional reporting relationship to the Information and Communications Technology Division, Department of Field Support at United Nations Headquarters. Applicants will be expected to serve in hardship duty stations with difficult working and living conditions. An updated list of missions and additional information on working in the field can be found at


Within delegated authority, the Geospatial Information Officer will be responsible for the following core duties:
– Takes responsibility for the timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geospatial information and maps in support of the mission’s operations;
– Coordinates the collection, processing, evaluation and dissemination of geospatial data;
– Conducts 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 on all products generated and disseminated by the Section, including geospatial data and maps;
– Coordinates with counterparts in other offices of the mission as well as field offices of other UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the host nation on collecting and sharing geospatial data;
– Undertakes the timely exchange of geospatial information between the mission and the Geospatial Information Section of the Department of Field Support;
– Undertakes day-to-day geospatial operation matters between the mission and the GIS Section of the UN Global Service Centre (UNGSC);
– Provides input and conducts geospatial information training and education programmes for mission staff;
– Participates in mission start-up and other field work as required;
– Manages junior staff and consultants in carrying out technical tasks in the Section;
– Leads a small Geospatial Information Office in a small mission;
– Performs other related duties as required.

In addition to the above core responsibilities incumbents of these positions, depending on their area of expertise, will undertake responsibilities in the following areas of Database and System Development:

– Takes responsibility for the strategic planning, implementation and management of all information technology (IT) related matters within the Section, in full consultation with the Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD);
– Designs, implements and maintains the mission’s geospatial database system as well as other geospatial information systems (GIS) and associated services, ensuring appropriate data security and access controls;
– Designs, implements and maintains system backup and disaster recovery plans in line with ICTD best practices, ensuring appropriate planning with those responsible;
– Designs, implements and maintains the mission’s geospatial information infrastructure including servers and network, large-format plotters and scanners, printers and mobile devices, in full consultation with ICTD;
– Leads the development of geospatial information and mapping applications including web-based applications; oversees the design and development of the Section’s websites;
– Coordinates and conducts user needs assessment, feasibility studies, systems analysis, design and implementation of technological solutions, together with user documentation to support the mission’s operations;
– Plans and prepares all GIS/IT-related budget requirements, requisitions and technical evaluations;
– Supervises other IT related staff in the Section;
– Performs other related duties as required.


– Professionalism: Advanced technical qualifications and broad knowledge of geographic information and its related matters; recognized expert in the field; ability to integrate knowledge with the Organization’s broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand geographic information applications for field operations such as UN peace operations and mapping in general; ability to establish priorities, direct others in the execution of the programme and ensure timely delivery of results. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to geographic information and knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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.

– Technological Awareness: In-depth knowledge of the latest technological developments in geographic information, image processing, Global Positioning System (GPS) and web applications. Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Cartography, Geography, Geographic/Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), Computer Sciences and/or related fields. 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of planning and management of Geospatial Information related projects and/or Geospatial Analysis is required. At least one (1) year of experience at the supervisory level is required. At least one (1) year of experience in an international organization, nongovernmental organization, and/or military or police organization in a volatile, conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.


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


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

Special Notice

The United Nation Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.
The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Geospatial Information Officer roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side 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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