Vacancy announcement

Satellite Imagery Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (Individual Contractor) - Geneva, Switzerland

Vacancy type Individual contractors
Duration of the contract
11 months
Deadline for submission of applications
Number of vacancies
Organizational Unit


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 individual contractor will participate in UNOSAT satellite imagery analysis and production of geospatial data and maps.


Under the supervision of the Specialist in Charge of Strategic Planning and Coordination Section, the individual contractor will be:

  • Taking active part in processes to identify and procure satellite images; imagery download, processing, and remote sensing and/or geospatial data analysis;
  • Providing accurate and timely cartographic, geospatial data, and web mapping products;
  • Providing inputs to technical reports and presentations for information sharing sessions and/or training events (when required);
  • Contributing to project implementation monitoring and reporting;
  • Supporting the Programme with other tasks, as may be requested by the UNOSAT Manager.

Measurable Outputs/Deliverables/Schedule of Deliverables

  • Accurate analysis and professionalism in identification, preparation, and analysis of imagery and geospatial data;
  • High quality maps, analytical reports, geospatial data and web services, delivered according to schedule and deadlines;
  • Development of methodology for remote analysis of satellite imagery;
  • Effective and professional participation in teamwork and interaction with colleagues.

Performance Indicators for Evaluation of Results

  • Relevance of satellite images identified and downloaded on time;
  • Number of quality maps, reports, geospatial datasets, and web services produced;
  • Completion of written reports;
  • Feedback from users from UN, Governments and NGOs.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of procurement and other administrative procedures. Knowledge of social media use relevant to the Programme. Ability to independently write reports and follow up on project work-plan. Knowledge and understanding of 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.
  • Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; 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.
  • 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.
  • Planning& Organizing:  Develops clear goals that are consistent with received tasks, communicates needs for adjusting priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; uses time efficiently.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • Creativity: Actively seeks to improve services and expert reports; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; 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.
  • 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.
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
  • Technological Awareness: 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.


Minimum requirements

Education:      University degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in geography, remote sensing, geomatics or related field.  

Experience:     A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in related field preferably at International level.

Languages:      Fluency in English is required.

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 to:

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