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 Associate will support studies in the area of agriculture and food security/disaster risk reduction/ecosystem services.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Collect and integrates data from various spatial and non-spatial sources.
- Perform data analysis for spatial and time series data and prepare maps, tables and statistics
- Apply recommended methodologies for satellite image processing
- Develop simple scripts to extract information from satellite images. Support collection of ground data and validation of image classification results.
- Conduct fieldwork in the study area
- Help prepare documentation including reports and methods of analysis
- Support training program to users on studies involved to end users
- B. Sc. in Geoinformatics or related subjects with at least one year of relevant work experience.
- Experience in remote sensing and image processing
- Experience using remote sensing and GIS software/platforms
- Some experience in developing scripts in python, java script, R
- Content knowledge: Knowledge on Earth Observation and Geospatial Information applications.
- Report writing: Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications
- Result orientation: Able to work independently and fulfill his/her goals
- Teamwork and cooperation: The ability to work smoothly and effectively with others in intercultural teams to establish constructive ideas or solutions that meet the team objective
- Behavioral flexibility and managing change: Ability to easily adapt to changing contexts
- Analytical thinking and self-development: Ability to seek out information and researches to understand problems and has a continuous drive to learn
- Communication skills: Presents and discuss ideas effectively
The Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Associate will work under the overall guidance of the Theme Leader Geospatial Solutions and will engage in technical collaboration with the SERVIR-HKH Programme Coordinator.
The duty station is Kathmandu, Nepal.
Project position for SERVIR, initially for one year. There is the possibility of an extension (one more year), subject to performance, programme activities, and ICIMOD’s future funding levels. The first three months are probationary.
Salaries and benefits at ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional 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