Geospatial Programmer/Application Developer

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 Theme Leader for Geospatial Solutions, the Geospatial Programmer/Application Developer will be responsible for designing and developing geospatial application on desktop, web, and mobile platforms. 
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Analyse user requirement, and design and develop geospatial application to meet user demand.
  • Design and develop responsive and user-friendly UI design of the web mapping application.
  • Develop web mapping application including both front-end and back-end components.
  • Develop, where necessary, server side geoprocessing services to carry out on-the-fly spatial analysis and present result in the form of maps, charts, tables, etc.
  • Develop automation tools where necessary to carry out ETL jobs.
  • Create regular versioning and backups of the codes using version control programmes like Git.
  • Prepare technical documents of the applications developed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BSc/MSc degree in Computer Science/Geo Informatics with a minimum three years of experience.
  • 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, Open Layers, Leaflet, etc.
  • Fluency in English. 
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills.


  • Content knowledge: Knowledge on Earth observation and geospatial information applications.
  • Report writing: Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications.
  • Management and coordination: Ability to work independently to design and develop geospatial applications. 
  • Result and impact orientation: Proactively generates concrete results.
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Maintains existing networks with strategic institutions, and effectively communicates with stakeholders.
  • 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 their own work area.
  • Impactful communication: Demonstrates active listening skills and is able to explain and discuss complex ideas.


The Geospatial Programmer/Application Developer will work under the 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.


This is a two-year project position. The first six months are probationary.


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.