Senior Capacity Development Expert (Individual Contractor)

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Bangkok, Thailand
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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

Funded under the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), the CommonSensing project led by UNITAR-UNOSAT aims to improve resilience to climate change, including disaster risk reduction, and contribute to sustainable development in three Commonwealth Pacific island countries: Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. These and other SIDS are exposed to the damaging effects of climate change. Such changes in the climate system have direct effects on the economy as well as overall development and even threaten the very existence of many SIDS. Urgent action is therefore required to develop climate resilience. The CommonSensing project supports the IPP’s priorities to deliver a sustainable social and economic benefit to emerging and developing economies, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

CommonSensing aims to support beneficiary countries in achieving Goal 9 (Innovation and Infrastructure) and Goal 13 (Climate Action) of the 2030 Agenda. The project focuses on developing national capacities in the use of satellite technologies for longer-term sustainability and business continuity by providing beneficiary countries with knowledge and skills in four main thematic areas: disaster risk, food security, climate information and climate finance with a view to strengthening evidence-based decision-making and dossiers to access climate funding.


The incumbent will work hand in hand with identified key project stakeholders from the national government as well as project partners including Satellite Applications Catapult, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Devex, Radiant.Earth, University of Portsmouth, the UK Met Office and Sensonomic to support national authorities in driving climate change and disaster resilience through two main sets of activities:

  • Developing and implementing geospatial and climate information and decision-making tools through the CommonSensing Platform and mainstreaming their use;
  • Developing capacity in the use of geospatial and climate information for decision-making and improved access to climate finance.


Under the overall supervision of UNOSAT Specialist in charge of the Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Mapping and Climate Services Section, the incumbent will be responsible for:

1. Contributing to the implementation of training and capacity development activities in Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands by:

  • Providing required technical assistance in the preparation of training needs assessment questionnaires,  material and case studies for training courses, awareness raising events and workshops;
  • Searching for, preparing, and organizing geospatial data for training courses;
  • Assisting in the delivery of technical trainings and awareness raising and other capacity building related activities;
  • Assisting in the preparation of Quality&Assurance documentation for learning events and training evaluation reports;
  • Supporting UNOSAT in its outreach and communication activities in ensuring that training activities are well promoted and monitored;
  • Undertaking missions as required in support of training and capacity development activities;
  • Assisting the CommonSensing team by drafting all required project reporting and deliverables

2. Contributing to CommonSensing project achievements visibility by:

  • participating in national and international fora, making substantive contributions as appropriate;
  • Liaising with project partners and attend meetings with UN agencies, NGOs, donors, and other relevant national and regional stakeholders as required;
  • Contributing to capacity development activities monitoring and evaluation processes;
  • Contributing to outreach material development;

3. Perform any other duties/tasks as required.


  • Efficient day-to-day support to the implementation of capacity building related activities including the provision of required technical backstopping and support for planning and logistic arrangements for training activities in Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands;
  • Successful delivery of trainings, workshops and awareness raising;
  • Timely preparation of training material including tutorials and handouts, updating of training databases; management of community of practice platforms, training evaluation reports, technical reports, workplans, M&E reports and e-news for CommonSensing project’s target countries;
  • Timely provision of weekly and monthly activity reports, including required inputs to project deliverables;
  • Technical meetings and calls with UNOSAT staff, national/regional stakeholders and project partners are regularly held.


  • All project related tasks and capacity building activities are successfully implemented / delivered according to project work plans and defined deadlines;
  • All required project reporting documents and deliverables are properly formatted, proofread and submitted in timely manner according to deadlines;
  • Most relevant available geospatial data are collected and well organized to be used for training courses and technical backstopping activities;
  • Material and handouts for awareness raising events, workshops and training courses are prepared at least 10 working days prior to event/course delivery;
  • Training courses are successfully delivered according to UNITAR-UNOSAT quality standards.
  • High quality inputs to all tasks/activities outlined;
  • Ability to complete tasks independently;
  • Demonstrated competence to work in team.


  • Professionalism: To perform GIS analysis, to independently write reports and follow up on project tasks according to defined work-plans. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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;.
  • Technology 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.
  • 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’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, remote sensing, GIS, geography, or other equivalent related technical fields.
  • Experience:  A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience at the international level in the field of Geospatial Information Technology applications for emergency response, disaster risk reduction, including satellite imagery analysis and training & capacity development is required for this position.
  • Languages:  Fluency in oral and written English is essential.


  • Sound knowledge of disaster risk management is considered an important asset.  Knowledge of another official UN language would be an advantage. 


General conditions of contracts for the service of individual contractors apply. This position is located in Bangkok, Thailand.

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.


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