Local hire: GIS Specialist

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Sana'a, , YE

The ongoing conflict has caused significant disruptions to the supply chain and to the overall availability of services. In light of the reduced or even absent provision of public services, communities have been affected by disease and environmental degradation. Physical damage to infrastructure and the lack of functionality in one sector often spills over into other sectors with significant consequences on both the access to, and quality of services, that are often interrelated.

UNOPS is undertaking a multi-sectorial engagement aims at restoring urban services mainly in energy, urban roads, water and sanitation (WASH), municipality services with focus in Water and Sanitation targeted cities in Yemen using an integrated approach.

The GIS Specialist shall work under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager and will coordinate with the IT specialist in Amman hub ,In close consultation with UNOPS Amman Hub, Public Works Projects, Road Maintenance Fund-PIU , and Urban Water PMU The GIS Specialist will:

Develop maps for specific proposed sectoral projects that UNOPS planned to implement in targeted cities in Yemen

Illustrate protentional integration of these projects with existing sectoral structure in these cities, namely; in roads transport, WASH, energy, health, education, and municipal services.

Carry out the quality analysis of satellite data with a view on their usefulness in the context of UNOPS Planned interventions and other spatial analysis on GIS data.

Contribute in the updating of maps on IFAD’s Environment and Climate web site;

Develop at least one knowledge product on the use of GIS and Earth observation for projects planning and integration

Establish working relationships with the clients requesting GIS data and members of the assigned team

Provide innovative tools for presentations related to project management

Organize common data sets to be made available to GIS users in IFAD

Provide methodologies to improve geographic data flow in UNOPS Office in Yemen

Support any other GIS-related activities as required;


The consultant will be expected to deliver the following: 

Map products to be used and shared in raw and light format for the targeted cities

Map products to be shared with UNOPS Amman Hub and other partners for programming, knowledge management or communications purposes

Any other Outputs as required

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.


Advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) in Information Management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer sciences or any related area is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelors degree or equivalent)

At least 5 years of relevant GIS software & technology work experience required;

Strong practical and technical experience in using and developing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is essential;

Good experience in using ArcGis;

Experience in geographic database management is an advantage;

Good skills for map production and presentation is essential;

Good written and verbal communication in English and Arabic