Regional Advisor on Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change Analysis
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located within the Water Resources Section in the Sustainable Development Policies Division (SDPD) at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA). The Regional Advisor reports directly to the Chief of the Water Section and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of SDPD.
Within delegated authority, the Regional Advisor on Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change Analysis will be responsible for the following duties:
- Increase access and availability of geospatial databases and qualitative information for informing climate change analysis;
- Support member states draft inputs and maps for technical papers and analytical studies on sustainable development and climate change issues;
- Formulates, identifies and analyses project proposals on sustainable development issues;
- Attends international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions dealing with sustainable development issues;
- Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, and workshops on accessing and analyzing available climate change data for use in conducting assessments using geographic information system tools;
- Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff on sustainable development issues;
- Prepares inputs for reports to High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and other intergovernmental bodies, inter-agency or expert groups on issues relating to sustainable development;
- Participates in missions to member states in response to requests and provides training on the application of climate change and hydrological models and the conduct of vulnerability assessments, usually as a member of a team;
- Organizes training seminars/ workshops for national experts addressing sustainable development and climate change issues;
- Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of capacity building projects in sustainable development as they relate to climate change;
- Performs other duties as required, including administrative tasks;
- Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities both internally and externally.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, finance, natural resources management, engineering, law, social sciences or related field.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A PhD is desirable.
- A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, policy-oriented work in a broad range of sustainable development issues.
- Experience in Geographic Information systems (GIS) tools and applications for climate change assessment is desirable.
- For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
This position is available for four (4) months with possibility of extension, subject to funds/post availability.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.