Geospatial Information Officer

Nicosia, Cyprus 🇨🇾

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Geospatial, Information & Telecommunications Technology Section (CGITTS) of UNFICYP.


Under the direction of the Chief Geospatial, Information & Telecommunications Technology Section (CGITTS), and in consultation with the substantive components of the mission and the Senior Management Group, the incumbent will:

•Be responsible for the timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geographic information and maps, both physical and digital, in support of the mission’s operations.
•Leads the development of geographic information and mapping applications including web-based applications; oversees the design and development of the UNFICYP GIS website.
•Coordinates the collection, processing, evaluation and dissemination of geographic data.
•Conducts geographic/terrain analysis studies and prediction of the effects of terrain, weather and situation on the mission’s operations, through image processing.
•Implements quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures on all products generated and disseminated by the Section, including geographic data and maps.
•Coordinates with UNFICYP counterparts in the military, UN Police and Civil Affairs on their requirements; collecting and sharing geographic data.
•Liaises with the GIS Section in Brindisi on applications support.
•Provides input and conducts geographic information training and education programmes for staff in the mission.
•Participates in mission fieldwork and survey as required.
•Designs, implements and maintains the mission’s geographic database system as well as other geographic information systems and associated services, ensuring appropriate data security and access controls.
•Designs, implements and maintains system backup and disaster recovery plans in line with ICTD best practices, ensuring appropriate planning with those responsible.
•In coordination with GIS Section at UNGSC Brindisi, designs, implements and maintains the mission’s geographic information infrastructure including servers and network, large-format plotters and scanners, printers and mobile devices.
•Coordinates and conducts user needs assessment, feasibility studies, systems analysis, design and implementation of technological solutions, together with user documentation to support the mission’s operations.
•Plans and prepares all GIS-related budget requirements, requisitions and technical evaluations.
•Works in collaboration with the UNFICYP military Force Cartographer.
•Performs other related duties as required.


Advanced technical qualifications and broad knowledge of geographic information and its related matters; recognized expert in the field; knowledge of base mapping, geographic information system design and implementation, geographic database design and development, web technologies and project management tools; in-depth knowledge of the latest technological developments in geographic information, image processing, Global Positioning System (GPS) and web applications; ability to integrate knowledge with the Organization’s broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand geographic information applications for field operations such as UN peace operations and mapping in general; ability to establish priorities, direct others in the execution of the programme and ensure timely delivery of results; ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to geographic information and knowledge of the institutions of the 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.

Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Cartography, Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Sciences and/or related fields is required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in geographic information (e.g. geographic information applications, geographic database management, geographic/terrain analysis, cartography and mapping, image processing, GPS and surveying) or information technology (IT) or related fields is required. Management experience in a technical environment and field experience are desirable. Work experience with UN field operations is desirable. Practical experience of the following GIS software is required: ArcGIS (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView and all extensions).


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

A valid light vehicle Drivers’ License is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Applicants that have successfully passed the first assessment exercise and are invited for interview may be requested to present a sample of their geospatial product prior to the interview.

United Nations Considerations

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.

The United Nations 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). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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