Remote Sensing Specialist (Ecosystem Services)

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.
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 breach this barrier by developing and institutionalizing remote sensing and geographic information systems as a tool to support development policies and to assist science-based decision making at multiple levels. In particular, it 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. The result is that 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; the regional member countries have benefited from ICIMOD’s short courses and training programmes and have gone on to establish GIS hubs in their own countries.

Responsibilities and tasks

The Remote Sensing Specialist – Ecosystem Services will lead research and application development for the assessment of ecosystem services, ecosystem vulnerability analysis, and climate change impact on the HKH ecosystem; ecosystem interaction with livelihood; and adaptation and mitigation of ecosystems in the context of climate change.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Technical leadership in implementing remote sensing and geospatial application services to assess and monitor ecological problems and provide information services to aid decision making for sustainable use of ecosystem services.
  • Develop models for ecosystem services assessment and coordinate with ICIMOD initiatives for implementation. 
  • Lead and participate in interdisciplinary team(s) to provide input to geospatial data, applications, and technology for sustainable ecosystem management.
  • Conduct research on analysing vulnerability of ecosystems in the HKH region in the context of climate change, and design geospatial tools to support decision making for sustainable ecosystem management. 
  • Develop analytical workflows for satellite image processing, including high resolution optical and SAR images including atmospheric correction, ortho rectification, calibration, and mosaicking and integration with ecosystem models and applications.
  • Develop methodologies and workflows to extract information, including change detection, segmentation, and image classification. Plan and implement required validation of image classification results.
  • Design and implement field data collection. 
  • Develop training curricula, training manuals, and other necessary training materials on the use of geospatial technology in the field for ecosystem services.
  • Prepare documents (work plans, scientific reports, progress reports, and communication materials) on project activities and lead the publication of peer reviewed journal articles on relevant works.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Post graduate degree in Geoinformatics or ecosystems-related subjects with at least five years of relevant work experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience using remote sensing and geospatial information for ecosystem research, use of optical and microwave remote sensing, and application development for ecosystem services assessment and decision support system.
  • Experience in the development and design of computer programmes or scripts to process multi-source, multi-temporal, and geospatial datasets for ecosystem application. 
  • Experience in the manipulation of large remotely sensed data sets (e.g., airborne lidar, optical image data) to characterize forest structure or to monitor change over time. 
  • Significant experience in the publication of peer-reviewed articles in the field of remote sensing and ecosystem services.
  • Experience with spatial data analysis and programming using Python, Java script, and R.


  • Content knowledge: Advanced content knowledge of Earth observation and geospatial information applications in the context of forestry and ecosystem services/
  • Report writing: Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications in peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Management and coordination: Ability to work independently on analyzing and processing geospatial data, and to design and coordinate innovative research. Good understanding of project cycle including operational planning and monitoring.
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Ability to establish networks with strategic institutions and effectively communicate with stakeholders.
  • Result and Impact orientation: Ability to proactively generate concrete results.
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Ability to work smoothly and effectively with others in intercultural teams to establish constructive ideas or solutions that meet the team objective. 
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Ability to use new technologies, and pro-actively come up with new approaches and integrate them with the expertise of others.
  • Developing others: Actively supports a continuous learning culture and gives constructive feedback.
  • Impactful communication: Demonstrates active listening skills and is able to effectively present, explain, and discuss complex ideas.


The Remote Sensing specialist – Ecosystem Services will work under the overall guidance of the Theme Leader, Geospatial Solutions and will engage in technical collaboration with the respective programme.

Duty Station

The duty station is Kathmandu, Nepal.


Three years, with a probation period of six months, and the possibility of an extension subject to performance, programme activities, and ICIMOD’s future funding levels.


Salaries and benefits at ICIMOD are competitive compared to other international 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 01 April 2018 through ICIMOD’s online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.