Geospatial Application Development Specialist

Kathmandu, Nepal 🇳🇵


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

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the of the Theme Leader, Geospatial Solutions, the Geospatial Application Development Specialist will lead web and desktop based geospatial application, spatial decision support system, and database. S/he shall coordinate with partners, and on user requirement analysis, will be able to lead a team of developers for collaborative application development.
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Lead the application development team to successfully design, develop, and deliver applications.
  • Provide technical leadership to teammates through coaching and mentorship.
  • Maintain high standards of software quality within the team by establishing good practices and habits, including implementation of a code repository and version control mechanism.
  • Collaborate with other users, in-house domain specialists, programme managers, and programme coordinators to plan, design, develop, test, and maintain web- and desktop-based geospatial applications built on proprietary and open source platforms. 
  • Lead the collection and documentation of user’s requirements, development of user stories, estimates and work plans.
  • Guide the preparation of reports, manuals, and other documentation on the status, operation, and maintenance of software.
  • Design, develop, and unit test applications in accordance with established standards.
  • Supervise the deployment of application at user environment.
  • Work with teammates in the migration, redesign, and integration of existing applications in new platforms.
  • Analyze and resolve technical and application problems.
  • Assess opportunities for application and process improvement and prepare documentation of rationale to share with team members and other affected parties.
  • Adhere to high-quality development principles while delivering solutions on time and within budget.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MSc degree in Computer Science/Geo Informatics.
  • A minimum five years of progressively responsible, relevant professional experience in geospatial application development with a focus on natural resource management, decision support system, agriculture and food security, and disaster management.
  • Proven experience in engaging with various users to design and develop user friendly geospatial applications.
  • Good knowledge and experience of working with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a good experience in UX/UI design of web-based applications.
  • Good programming skills in C#/Python, etc., and good web development experience in C# ASP.NET or Django.
  • Good experience in designing and developing spatial and non-spatial databases. Proven skills in working with MS SQL, PostgreSQL, etc. 
  • Experience in developing web mapping applications using standard APIs such as ArcGIS JavaScript API, Google Maps API, OpenLayers, Leaflet, etc.
  • Fluency in English. 
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills.


  • Content knowledge: Advance content knowledge on Earth observation and geospatial information applications.
  • Report writing: Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications in peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Management and coordination: Ability to design and coordinate innovative research, and understanding of project cycle, including operational planning and monitoring.
  • 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. 
  • Developing others: Actively supports a continuous learning culture and gives constructive feedback.
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Ability to establish networks with strategic institutions, and effectively communicate with stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • Impactful communication: Demonstrates active listening skills and is able to explain and discuss more complex ideas.


The Geospatial Application Development Specialist will work under the overall guidance of the Theme Leader, Geospatial Solutions and with 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 a possibility of 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.