Vacancy Announcement - UNOSAT individual Contractor

Title: Individual Contractor

Unit/Department: UNOSAT / Dept of Research

Deadline for applications: 5 January 2014

Date of issuance: 5 December 2013

Duty Station:  Geneva, Switzerland


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 2000 in applied research and innovative applications relating to geospatial information technology and satellite analysis, and mapping.

UNOSAT also delivers to his 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 Contractor will focus primarily on supporting UNOSAT training and capacity development activities in the area of disaster risk management, territorial planning/water resource management and environmental monitoring. The Contractor will provide support in the preparation and delivery of training courses as well as in the implementation of GIS/RS activities in the context of UNOSAT’s capacity development projects including reports and/or proposals writing when required.

During the duration of the contract the Contractor will be expected to achieve specific outputs and deliverables.


Under the direct supervision of the Specialist for training and capacity development and the overall supervision of UNOSAT’s Manager the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Assisting the design and implementation of training and capacity development activities. This may include:

a.Implement GIS/RS in the field of disaster risk management, territorial planning, water resources management and environmental assessment & monitoring.

b.Searching for, preparing, and organizing geospatial data for training courses.

c.Assisting in thepreparation of training material including handouts.

d. Assisting in the delivery of training modules.

e.Ensuring the training events database is kept up to date and extracting statistics when required.

f.Assisting in the preparation of training evaluation reports and if required drafting proposal for funding agencies

g.Support UNOSAT in its outreach and communication activities in ensuring that training activities are well promoted and monitored.

  • Support, when required, UNOSAT team with GIS analysis and mapping in case of major disasters and/or complex emergencies.
  • Take turn as 24/7 On-Call Officer.

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.

Planning & Organizing: 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; uses time efficiently.

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development; understands applicability and limitations of satellite technology to the work of the Programme; understand satellite imagery/data commercial distribution and licensing systems; possess good knowledge of technicalities of earth observation, satellite data and geographic information systems; shows willingness to learn new technology applications.

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. 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. 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; strong interpersonal and communication skills including facilitation skills in training related activities.


Education: University degree (Bachelor or Master or equivalent) in Geography, Geo-informatics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Climate Change, Urban/Territorial Planning or related disciplines.

Experience: A minimum of three years of work experience in disaster risk reduction, climate change, environment, spatial planning or related fieldswith demonstrated experience in GIS/RS applications (i.e. disaster risk management, water resources management and urban / territorial planning). Previous experience in training design, develop and delivery in the field of geospatial information technology will be considered as a plus.

Languages: Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of French or other official UN language will be considered an asset

Remuneration: Monthly fee of USD 5,500.
Contract period:

February to May 2014, with possibility of renewal.


General conditions of contracts for the service of individual contractors apply.

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.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted by 10 January 2014 at the latest. First round of interviews will then take place online.

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.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent to: