Vacancy Announcement - Geospatial Analyst

Title: Individual Contractor

Area of Specialization: Geospatial Analyst

Unit/Department: UNOSAT / Dept of Research

Date of issuance: 27 July 2018

Deadline for applications:15 August 2018

Duration of contract: 3 months


UNOSAT is the operational satellite applications programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). It is a technology-intensive programme active since 2001 in applied research and innovative applications relating to geospatial information technology and satellite analysis, and mapping.

UNOSAT also delivers to beneficiaries tailor made training courses on the use of geo-information technology for humanitarian aid, human security, disaster risk management, territorial planning and environmental monitoring.

The incumbent will assist as required on UNOSAT activities related to satellite imagery analysis and related activities in support of UN partners.


Under the direct supervision of the UNOSAT’s Manager, the incumbent will:

  • Take active part in the process of selecting and obtaining satellite imagery suitable for analysis in the context of humanitarian operations and other UN activities.
  • Conduct image processing, correction and enhancement required for analysis using commercial software like ERDAS, Envi and ArcGIS.
  • Perform timely and accurate satellite imagery analysis with special focus on photointerpretation of very high resolution satellite imagery and extraction of relevant features in the context of security and humanitarian fields.
  • Generate accurate and high quality analytical reports, geospatial data and cartographic products.

Results Expected

  • Accurate analysis of high-resolution satellite imagery in a variety of humanitarian and security related contexts.
  • Well-organized geospatial data products delivered according to UNOSAT specifications.  
  • High quality reports produced in English on an ongoing basis for delivery to UN partners.


  • Professionalism: Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases in particular in the field of water management. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Planning & Organizing: Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Based on the supervision received, develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments with minimal supervision; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary in a coordinated manner; 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; very good inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to deal with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds, and proven ability to function in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;.
  • Analytical Skills: Excellent data management and file organization skills and ability to research geospatial data and other relevant information for analyses from multiple and variated sources. Proven experience in satellite imagery analysis and GIS.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills (spoken, written and presentation), including the ability to draft/edit a variety of written documents, such as technical and scientific papers, reports, studies, and other communication materials, articulating ideas in a clear and concise style; ability to prepare and deliver targeted and results-oriented presentations; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed; strong interpersonal and communication skills including facilitation skills in training related activities.


Education:       Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) geographic information technologies or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:      A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in geographic information systems, satellite imagery analysis, or in any other relevant fields.

Languages:     Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language will be considered an asset.

UNITAR shall place 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 (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).  

English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Only complete applications will be considered. A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent at