UN Job Opening
Brindisi, Italy

Posting Title:GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ASSISTANT, FS5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office:United Nations Logistic Base
Duty Station:BRINDISI
Posting Period:24 December 2018 – 06 January 2019
Job Opening Number:18-Information Management Systems-UNLB-108471-J-Brindisi (M)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Geographic Information Assistant will carry out his/her tasks within UNGSC CSD Section, in Brindisi, which aims at providing global GIS Solution Support services to support United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC), field missions, UN agencies and partners. 

Under the overall supervision of Chief CSDS, the incumbent will work under Chief Solution Support Unit or a designated officer and responsible for supporting GIS solutions provided to UN Field Missions, Agencies and Offices.


Geographic Information Specialist: 

•Coordinates and prepares the timely creation of standard and specialized thematic mapping products at all scales to support decision making and information dissemination processes of other sections;
•Leads the team in the collection, processing and evaluation of geographic data, to include vector, raster and thematic data to enhance mission spatial databases; 
•Quality assures mission gazetteer to ensure that it is up-to-date and effective;
• Participates in the quality control of all geographic information products prepared; 
•Creates topographic style mapping to support mission operations;
•Conducts geographic/terrain analysis studies to assist in operational decision making;
• Compiles and provides input on the mission GIS Section’s with respect to procurement and budgetary matters;
•Takes the lead in the archiving of the mission’s geographic data and maintain the mission’s geo-database system;
•Supports the operation of the mission’s intranet map server(s) and its associated services;
•Assists in managing the technical work of junior staff; performs other related duties as assigned.

System Administration and design

•Leads the team in GIS server administration, which includes the installation, configuration, testing and maintenance of geographic information system, as well as optimizing the availability and responsiveness of various GIS server functions: geo- database, file and web/application;
•Provides technical support in administration of desktop workstations including first level troubleshooting, application software installations and updates, as well as the upkeep of peripheral equipment including plotters and scanners;
•Provides technical support, including software development and support, hardware and geographic information system support;

•Populates GIS data repository and implement appropriate data security and access controls;
•Liaises with server systems administrator group for the backup of GIS servers, and implements disaster recovery plans;
•Develops common applications and web templates/services for mission GIS Sections; 
•Takes the lead to complete the timely exchange of geographic information between missions and the Cartographic Section of the Department of Field Support (DFS); 
•Assists in managing the technical work of junior staff; performs other related duties as assigned.


•Professionalism: Knowledge of basic systems analysis and software design techniques, software testing, debugging, and documentation standards, database design, storage and internal systems; 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 or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


High school diploma or equivalent is required. 
Technical or vocational training in Cartography, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and/or equivalent, which involves geospatial information and image processing programmes, and GIS Systems Administration is desirable. PRINCE2 foundation certificate and ITIL foundation certificate are desirable.

Work Experience

At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in geospatial information (ex. geospatial information system integration, geospatial/terrain analysis, image processing, mapping, GPS, geospatial related information technology, etc.) or software development of complex IT systems and its related works are required. 
Knowledge and practical experience of GIS software is required. 
Advanced, practical knowledge of Python programming is desirable.
Proven demonstrated experience in ArcGIS (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView and its extensions) and ERDAS Imagine is desirable.
Knowledge of geo-database systems, other software programming languages and web technology is desirable. 
Direct experience with geospatial information applications including IPB (Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield) knowledge and experience in military, especially in Terrain Analysis Team, is desirable. 

Experience working in a United Nations Common System field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping missions, political missions, UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non- governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.


French and English are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

• The position is temporarily available until 30 June 2019. This position is vacant due to the temporary assignment of the regular incumbent to another office. The selection and extension of appointment of the selected candidate will be contingent on the return of the incumbent who maintains a lien against this post. If the selected candidate is an internal staff member of the UN Secretariat, the selection will be recorded as a temporary assignment.
• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1
• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.
• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

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.

No Fee


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