Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Analyst (Cryosphere Research)

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge and regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and in the future.

The Geospatial Solutions Theme 

The vastness and remoteness of much of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region has often been a barrier to development and research. ICIMOD has worked to breach this barrier by developing and institutionalizing remote sensing and geographic information systems as a tool to support development policies and assist science-based decision making at multiple levels. In particular, it has worked with both international and regional partners to provide access to data and information, integrate analysis and modelling, and develop interactive mapping and spatial visualization. Consequently, ICIMOD is now internationally regarded as a regional resource centre for geoinformation and earth observation application with a specific mountain focus. ICIMOD is also committed to capacity building in this area; the regional member countries have benefited from ICIMOD’s short courses and training programmes and have gone on to establish geographic information system (GIS) hubs in their own countries.

The Cryosphere Initiative 

ICIMOD’s Cryosphere Initiative collaborates with its partners to study the importance of snow, ice, and permafrost. The initiative and its implementing partners in the region have established a Cryosphere Monitoring Programme to assess cryosphere water resources, cryosphere-related disaster risks, and scenarios for future water availability using an integrated approach of field measurements, remote sensing, and modelling.


Together with the regional and international partners, the initiative works to enhance the capacity of institutions in ICIMOD’s regional member countries to increase scientific knowledge of the cryosphere and to co-produce and share relevant data and knowledge about the cryosphere. The work contributes to the development of effective measures and policies for water resources and risk management in the HKH.

Responsibilities and tasks

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Theme Leader for Geospatial Solutions, and in technical collaboration with staff within the Cryosphere Initiative, the Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Analyst will conduct studies related to cryosphere monitoring.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities


  • Research, collect, and integrate data from various spatial and non-spatial sources
  • Perform spatial analysis and develop models for data analysis using various remote sensing and GIS software for snow, glacier, and glacial lake monitoring and change analysis
  • Develop analytical workflows for satellite image processing, including high-resolution optical and synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) images that involve atmospheric correction, orthorectification, calibration, and mosaicing
  • Support studies on glacier mass balance and glacio-hydrological modelling
  • Develop methodologies and workflows to extract information, including change detection, segmentation, and image classification
  • Plan and implement required validation of image classification results
  • Conduct climate data processing and analysis
  • Conduct fieldwork in the study area
  • Help prepare documentation, including scientific papers, reports, and methods of analysis
  • Develop training programmes to provide formal and on-the-job training to users on applications developed

Minimum Qualifications

  • M. Sc. in geoinformatics or cryosphere-related subjects with at least three years of relevant work experience
  • Proven experience in remote sensing and image processing, rectification, and classification
  • Proven track record of publications/teaching/presentations on remote sensing applications on cryosphere
  • Experience in remote-sensing software/platforms
  • Experience in providing trainings and supervision for regional stakeholders
  • Knowledge of remote sensing and geospatial data sources
  • Experience in developing scripts for automatic processing of remote sensing and geospatial data using python, java scripts, or R


  • Content knowledge: Knowledge on earth observation and geospatial information applications in the context of snow and glacier monitoring
  • Management and coordination: Ability to independently analyze and process geospatial data
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Ability to establish networks with strategic institutions and effectively communicate with stakeholders
  • Impact and results orientation: Proactive approach to team work
  • Social/team competency: Ability to work smoothly and effectively with others in the team to establish constructive ideas or solutions that meet the team objective 
  • Flexibility: Ability to easily adapt to changing contexts, technologies, and approaches when necessary and make improvements in own work area
  • Report writing: Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications
  • Impactful communication: Active listening skills and ability to explain and discuss complex ideas


Two years (probation period of six months), with a possibility of extension subject to performance, programme activities, and ICIMOD’s future funding levels.


Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender equity policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to the integration of gender issues at organizational and programmatic levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 24 Feb 2019 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.