Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Rome, , IT

Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree ( for consultants); University Degree (only for PSA) in GIS, Geography, Environmental Sciences or related field;
  • At last one year of work experience for base level consultant or at least five years for middle level consultants in spatial data handling and analysis, satellite data processing and management, GIS and remote sensing applications of for land resources evaluation and/other natural resources studies, development of methodology in the field of agricultural/environmental monitoring (knowledge of land cover FAO methodology will be an asset) and technical report writing and/or preparation of workshop and training materials;
  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish, and limited knowledge of one of the other three or Arabic, Chinese or Russian (for consultants); working knowledge of English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian (for PSAs).
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Work experience in International Organizations and in projects supporting developing Countries
  • Work experience on geospatial data and metadata management and processing
  • Work experience on image analysis
  • Work experience on cloud-computing platforms
  • Work experience on geo-statistical packages for automatic classifications
  • Work experience on issues related to land evaluation or land use management and planning
  • Experience on natural resources management
  • Familiarity with the tools of FAO’s Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) standard
  • Capacity to report results to different audiences.
Organizational Setting

The Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department (CB) provides strategic direction and coordinates FAO’s work on climate adaptation and mitigation, and the sustainable management of natural resources in order to raise profile, strengthen FAO’s work, and enhance its capacity to address these issues in an effective and coordinated manner, and to contribute to ensuring the corporate environment needed for delivering the Organization’s strategic objectives, core functions and organizational results.


Contracts will be based in FAO HQ (or other location) with required travel for field missions, where relevant.


Reporting Lines


The Consultants will work under the overall technical supervision of the CBDS Senior Environment Officer of the Geospatial Unit. When activities are carried out in countries, the consultant will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional office.

Technical Focus
Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing
Tasks and responsibilities

List of the tasks that the consultant will undertake include:

  • Technical assessment and identification of the most suitable satellite imagery and geospatial datasets to support the needs of the unit for operational national agricultural monitoring systems, land cover and land use assessments, climate change and adaptation,  and disaster risk reduction;
  • Support in-country geospatial data preparation for image pre-processing of satellite data, including mosaicking, stacking, atmospheric corrections, object-based-image-analysis (OBIA) for segmentation and classification of land cover datasets;
  • Contribute to the development of high-resolution national land cover datasets according to the LCML/LCCS ISO standard specifications, including validation and accuracy assessments;
  • Support the development of area frame methodology, integrated area and list frame methodologies for agricultural monitoring systems, including stratification, selection of sites for field data collection/validation;
  • Provide technical support to countries for assessing the vulnerability, disaster risk reduction planning and management, the impacts of natural hazards (drought, flood, fires, landslides) as well as the recovery, monitoring and evaluation of activities;
  • Provide support for assessing and monitoring of natural resources using geospatial technologies (biodiversity, landscape, ecosystems services);
  • Provide support in Agro-Ecological Zoning (AEZ) and Land resource Information systems applications, crop productivity and suitability modelling;
  • Support the capacity development plans on geospatial technologies, including preparation of training and workshop material, preparation of information for meeting and conferences;
  • Disseminate the geospatial data and metadata produced, in the various media formats (e.g. digital and paper atlas, map layouts, posters);
  • Prepare technical and scientific reports, papers and guidelines describing the activities, results, conclusions and recommendations on the process and results;
  • Perform any other tasks required.





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