Geospatial Field Data Analyst

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 Geoinformation 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 for Geospatial Solutions, the Remote sensing and Geoinformation Analyst will be assigned to conduct studies in the areas of agriculture and food security/disaster risk reduction/ecosystem services. 
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate, plan, and implement field data collection activities to support analysis, classification, and validation of geospatial and remote sensing data.
  • Field survey using unmanned aerial vehicles, GPS, and other instruments.
  • Use of mobile devices and application for gathering geospatial data from the field.
  • Quality assessment, improvement, and cleaning of field data.
  • Post processing of data collected by GPS, UAV and LIDAR instruments.
  • Develop an application programme for automating the collection, downloading, and post-processing of collected data using various instruments.
  • Develop workflows and automated processing scripts to integrate remote sensing data and products with other datasets from multiple sources.
  • Help prepare documentation, including reports and methods of analysis. 
  • Develop training programme to provide formal and on-the-job training to users on field data collection for geospatial analysis and image processing.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MSc in Geoinformatics, civil engineering, or related subjects with at least three years of relevant work experience.
  • Proven experience of using GPS, DGPS, UAV, and other field instruments for collecting spatial data. 
  • Experience managing UAV field survey including preparation, UAV flight control, and post processing.
  • Experience processing LIDAR data.
  • Experience with remote sensing and GIS software/platforms.
  • Experience in developing scripts for automatic collection and data processing.


  • Content knowledge: Knowledge of geospatial field data collection instruments.
  • Report writing: Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications.
  • Management and coordination: Ability to work independently for planning and management of field survey missions. 
  • 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 objectives. 
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Ability to easily adapt to changing contexts, technologies and approaches when necessary, and make improvements in their own work area.
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Ability to maintain existing networks with strategic institutions, and effectively communicate with stakeholders.
  • Impactful communication: Demonstrates active listening skills and is able to explain and discuss complex ideas.


The Geospatial Field Data Analyst 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.


Two 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 29 Mar 2018 through ICIMOD’s online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.