Associate Programme Officer

Geneva, , CH


In accordance with the UN rules and regulations, depending on professional background and experience, the Executive Director reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level lower than the advertised level of the post.


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 2001 in applied research and innovative applications relating to geospatial information technology and satellite analysis, and mapping.

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

The incumbent, based in UNOSAT‘s CERN offices, will be tasked to support the implementation of the “ResEau” capacity development project, aiming at increasing national resilience in Chad via the active and sustainable management of water resources.


Under the direct supervision of the Specialist in charge of ResEau project coordination, planning and implementation and the overall supervision of UNOSAT’s Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensure the overall scientific and technical coordination of ResEau’s technical team by:
    1. Coordinating the technical production of hydrogeological maps and related databases over central Chad, taking into account the production schedule established with the Specialist in charge of ResEau project;
    2. Researching and synthesising technical and scientific literature and publications on climate, geology, hydrology and hydrogeology of the study areas, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Sanitation of Chad, and from other relevant sources available;
    3. Drafting the scientific explanatory notes of the hydrogeological maps and atlases produced by the project, in collaboration with the focal points identified by the Lecture committee based in Chad;
    4. Coordinating exchanges with scientific and technical partners;
    5. Ensuring scientific consistency of results, analyses, products and publications produced by the ResEau project. Being at the cutting edge of technology, and provision of scientific coaching to the technical team;
    6. Preparing terms of reference for the scientific field missions to be organized in support of the production of ResEau’s hydrogeological maps and related databases. When required by the project coordination, participating to such missions.
    7. Producing the methodology applied, based on ResEau 2 mapping concept.
  • Effective contribution to overall workshops and meetings of the ResEau project by:
    1. Preparing and organising meetings of the Scientific committee, organized in Geneva;
    2. When required, contributing to planning and implementing workshops by the Lecture committee, organized in N’Djamena, Chad, in close coordination with UNOSAT’s Associate Programme Officer based at the Ministry of Water and Sanitation of Chad ;
    3. Participating in technical workshops and other technical events organised in Chad by the ResEau Project Coordinator at Swiss Cooperation Office in Chad (BuCo);
  • Perform other duties as required.

Results Expected

High quality ResEau products delivered according to the project’s schedule; efficient and effective coordination of partners and UNOSAT’s technical team; validation of the technical and scientific results by the scientific community; adequate interaction with other internal and external counterparts; efficient utilisation of resources.


  • Professionalism: Ability to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases in particular in the field of water management. 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; remains calm in stressful situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development; understands applicability and limitations of satellite technology to the work of the Programme; possess good knowledge of technicalities of earth observation, satellite data and geographic information systems for water management; shows willingness to learn new technology applications.
  • 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, strategies, training material and other communication materials, articulating ideas in a clear and concise style; ability to prepare and deliver targeted and results-oriented presentations including facilitation skills in training related activities; 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 or equivalent) in earth sciences, geology, hydrogeology, water sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:      A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in the fields of water management, environment, map production and geographic information systems, geology and any other relevant fields. International experience working in developing countries on technical cooperation programmes and/or project management experience would be an asset. Experiences in Sahel countries would be an asset.

Languages:     Fluency in oral and written French and English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language will be considered an asset.

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. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

How to apply

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 written in French as well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent at [email protected]

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.