Senior Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Specialist (Water resources and disaster risk reduction)

Kathmandu, , NP


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and in the future.
Geospatial Solutions Theme 
The vastness and remoteness of much of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region has often been a barrier to development and research. Over the past two decades ICIMOD has worked to overcome this barrier by developing and institutionalizing remote sensing and geographic information systems as a tool to support development policies and assist science-based decision making at multiple levels. In particular, ICIMOD has worked with both international and regional partners to provide access to data and information, to integrate analysis and modelling, and to develop interactive mapping and spatial visualization. From this work, ICIMOD is now internationally regarded as a regional resource centre for geo-information and earth observation application with a specific mountain focus. ICIMOD is also committed to capacity building in this area, providing trainings for its regional member countries to establish GIS hubs in their own countries.

Responsibilities and tasks

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the of the Theme Leader for Geospatial Solutions, The Senior Remote Sensing and GeoInformation Specialist will lead application of remote sensing and geospatial technology in the field of water resources assessment and disaster risk reduction (DRR). S/he shall coordinate with partners and on user engagement and networking and will be able to lead preparation of publications of the research results in peer-reviewed journals in related fields. 
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Lead application of remote sensing and Geospatial information for assessment of water resources, developing application for DRR and capacity building in the region.
  • Lead application of remote sensing and geospatial technology in support of water resources and DRR activities including flood and land slide monitoring and early warning,
  • Develop analytical tools, methodologies, and applications using optical and RADAR remote sensing and GIS,
  • Lead development and dissemination of user oriented sustainable services for water resources and DRR activities in the region 
  • Coordinate with ICIMOD’s internal programmes/initiatives, and partners in the region to promote geospatial technology in support of water resources and DRR related activities, 
  • Prepare documents (work plans, scientific reports, progress reports, communication materials) on the project activities and lead publication of peer reviewed journal articles on relevant works,
  • Develop training curricula, training manuals and other necessary training materials  on use of geospatial technology in the field for water resources and DRR,
  • Coordinate international and regional forum/training/ workshops/conferences on the in the field of water resources and DRR,  
  • Assist to develop concept papers and project proposals on various themes specific to water resources and DRR as per needed;
  • Coordinate with regional and international agencies to support rapid response mapping during emergency,
  • Represent ICIMOD in relevant forums, conferences, workshops as and when required 
  • Work as a forward thinking, creative team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals

Minimum Qualifications

  • Post graduate academic degree in Geoinformatics or related subjects as minimum qualification requirement and at least eight years of relevant work experience.  
  • Demonstrated experience using remote sensing and geospatial information for water resources research, use of optical and microwave remote sensing and application development for disaster risk reduction, and geohazards monitoring and early warning.
  • Demonstrated understanding of mountain hydrological cycle, flood and landslide processed in the HKH region. 
  • Proven record of publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. 
  • Experience in programming such as Python, Java script and R.


  • Cross cultural impact: Develops and uses a broad range of work-related relationships across various cultures and integrates the best practices from different cultures. 
  • Result Orientation: Generates strategic results within and outside the organization leading to increased outcome and impact and takes calculated risks to achieve long term goals
  • Team work and cooperation: Builds cross functional and cultural project teams to achieve results and provides information to and share resources with other units to make decisions collaboratively.
  • Behavioral flexibility & managing change: Implements and drives change and gives the right example how to change behavior. Gives others feedback on the way they react to changing circumstances
  • Strategic thinking: Creates strategies to achieve long terms goals and works across the organization to achieve results. Develop stakeholder relationships and meet employee commitment.
  • Impactful communication: Ensures effective channels of communication between and across organizational units. Persuades others without relying on status or authority 
  • Continuous improvement & Innovation: Demonstrates ability to use new technologies and pro-actively comes up with innovative approaches. Translates developments in the outside world into opportunities for ICIMOD
  • Developing others: Demonstrates the ability to lead and advocate the development towards continuous learning culture. Gives others feedback and discusses possibilities for personal development.


Three years, with a probation period of six months, starting as early as possible, with a possibility of extension subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels


Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a Day-Care Centre at the campus and is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organisational and programmatic levels.

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 13 Feb 2018 through ICIMOD’s online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.