GIS Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Manila, Philippines 🇵🇭

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The ADB is actively seeking use of spatial information for sustainable and resilient infrastructure through its projects while working closely with Developing Member Countries (DMCs) and collaborating international institutes/agencies, such as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), European Space Agency (ESA) and the University of Tokyo (UTokyo), who provides technical expertise and knowhow. Furthermore, JAXA and ESA are providing Earth Observation (EO) based spatial information and products in ADB’s investment in DMCs.

Under the Water Operational Plan 2011-2020, ADB committed to undertake expanded and enhanced analytical work to enable ADB and DMCs to secure deeper and sharper understanding of water issues and solutions. The key objective is to determine the best mix of measures to enable a country to close its water demand and supply gap and thereafter sustain the water balance. This will inform how ADB operations can assist in this process. Furthermore, one of the Water Operational Plan’s priority thrusts is increased water use efficiency and/or improved productivity in irrigation.

As part of the expanded and enhanced analytical work, the WSG intends to develop a GIS database to define ongoing and planned operations with relevant data under a One ADB Water approach, together with the Urban Sector Group (USG), Agriculture Thematic Group (RDFSTG), Energy Sector Group (ESG), and Climate Change and the Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group (CCDRMTG).

The GIS platform will provide an insight into ADB’s water operations and identify synergies among the different sector and thematic groups. The system may be expanded to include bio-physical, socio-economic, resilience, and development partner operations to provide a planning and monitoring tool for ADB water sector operation. The GIS system will be developed as part of ADB’s Spatial Data Analysis Explorer (SPADE), an online baseline data repository and visualization, query and analysis system. SPADE has been established to strengthen the ADB and DMCs capacity and provides upfront spatial data resources for resilient water resources project planning, implementation and monitoring. In general, most of the DMCs are lacking capacity to manage readily available digital spatial data and share for the project planning and implementation.

The specific purpose is to support a range of activities that generate and nurture the application of spatial information technology to contribute in sustainable water resources management planning. The most important activities will be (i) collection from existing ADB projects; (ii) integration of secondary data sources and extraction, mainly from Earth Observation (EO) satellite data, of baseline spatial data, (iii) checking and analysis of data integrity and consistency, delivered by other consultants and stakeholders, and (iv) data organization in proper usable GIS formats. In particular, the GIS system will review and integrate the work that has been conducted for water accounting and water productivity.

Scope of Work

ADB seeks to engage an individual national GIS Specialist to assist the SDSC-WAT team at its headquarters in Manila, Philippines in collecting data from existing secondary sources, and extracting baseline spatial data mainly from Earth Observation (EO) satellite data, for ongoing and future pipeline ADB’s supported cities/projects in the Water Sector. The scope of the work is to (i) collect data from secondary sources, and extraction of baseline (land use and land cover, topography, road and river network, etc.) spatial data mainly from Earth Observation (EO) satellite data, (ii) check and analyze data integrity and consistency, delivered by other consultants and stakeholders, and (iii) organize data in proper usable GIS format for SPADE.

The GIS specialist will be recruited through individual consultant selection, possibly associated with a firm or institute. The GIS specialist will provide competitive technical inputs in collection and extraction of baseline spatial data, mainly from, open access internet resources, and of open access medium and high resolution EO satellite data, respectively. The work will also involve brief reporting (inception, midterm, final, etc.), monthly activity summary and cartographic maps as needed.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

The national GIS specialist shall perform following tasks:

(i) In consultation with SDSC-WAT team (staff, and in-house consultants), list up all the ongoing and pipeline water sector projects and identify their geographic location;

(ii) Shortlist the river basins, cities and irrigation areas where the spatial and other related data are required;

(iii) Prepare the list of required spatial baseline data for the shortlisted river basins, cities, and irrigation areas and find out the available secondary datasets from open access internet resources;

(iv) Collect and consolidate all project data, including from the studies on water accounting and water productivity;

(v) In addition, if desirable dataset is not available from secondary sources or doesn’t meet the required specifications, propose and extract the baseline datasets from open access medium and high resolution EO satellite data;

(vi) Assist SDSC-WAT team to check and analyze integrity and consistency of datasets delivered by consultants and other stakeholders;

(vii) Prepare cartographic maps for SDSC-WAT team as needed;

(viii) Ensure compilation of collected, extracted data and output/results, in proper format and with metadata, for the delivery and assimilate in the SPADE; and

(ix) Other related work as per need.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

The individual national GIS specialist should have bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, natural science, earth science or comparable discipline with and 7 years of general working experience in the field of geography, surveying and mapping. He/she should have sufficient knowledge and working experience on geospatial data extraction and analysis using GIS software (both open source and proprietary) and ICT. Working experience in Asia-Pacific region and knowledge on the socioeconomic data generally collected in developing countries and their sources, having basic GIS software programming knowledge and plugins, GIS database server and network operation, and google earth engine will be considered positively.

Minimum General Experience: 7 Years

Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment): 5 Years