Remote Sensing and GeoInformation Analyst

Kathmandu, Nepal 🇳🇵

Background

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.
SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR HKH) Initiative
The SERVIR-HKH initiative works as the regional hub of the SERVIR Global programmes, a joint development initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), working in partnership with leading regional organizations around the globe. With the overarching goal of improving environmental management and resilience to climate change, SERVIR works to integrate Earth observation and geospatial technologies for improved developmental decision making. A major objective of SERVIR-HKH is to enhance the capacity of analysts and decision-makers both within and outside the government to use geospatial technologies and data to inform important management, policy, and planning decisions.

Responsibilities and tasks

The Remote sensing and Geoinformation Analyst will conduct studies in the areas of agriculture and food security/disaster risk reduction/ecosystem services. 
 
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Research, collect, and integrate data from various spatial and non-spatial sources.
  • Perform spatial analysis, develop models for data analysis using various GIS software to support studies in relevant field of applications.
  • Develop analytical workflows for satellite image processing, including high resolution optical and SAR images including atmospheric correction, ortho rectification, calibration and mosaicking.
  • Develop workflows and automated processing scripts to integrate remote sensing data and products with other datasets from multiple sources.
  • Develop methodologies and workflows to extract information, including change detection, segmentation, and image classification. Plan and implement required validation of image classification results.
  • Conduct time series data processing and spatio-temporal analysis of weather and climate data. 
  • Land use/land cover classification using satellite data.
  • Conduct fieldwork in the study area.
  • Help prepare documentation, including reports and methods of analysis. 
  • Develop training programme to provide formal and on-the-job training to users on applications developed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MSc in Geoinformatics or related subjects with at least three years of relevant work experience.
  • Proven experience in remote sensing and image processing, rectification and classification.
  • Experience with remote sensing software/platforms.
  • Knowledge of remote sensing and geospatial data sources.
  • Experience in developing scripts for automatic processing of remote sensing and geospatial data using python, java scripts or R.

Competencies

  • Content knowledge: Knowledge on Earth observation and geospatial information applications in the context agriculture and food security/land cover change/disaster management/weather and climate change.
  • Report writing: Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications.
  • Management and coordination: Ability to work independently for analyzing and processing geospatial data. 
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Maintains existing networks with strategic institutions, and effectively communicate with stakeholders.
  • Result and impact orientation: Proactively generates 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 easily adapt to changing contexts, technologies and approaches, and when necessary, make improvements in own work area.
  • Impactful communication: Demonstrates active listening skills and is able to explain and discuss complex ideas.

Others

Supervision 
The Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Analyst will work under overall guidance of the Theme Leader, Geospatial Solutions and will engage in technical collaboration with the SERVIR-HKH Programme Coordinator.

Duty Station

The duty station is Kathmandu, Nepal.

Duration

Two-year project position for SERVIR, the first six months of which are probationary.

Remuneration

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 29 Mar 2018 through ICIMOD’s online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED