Terms of Reference

Title: Geospatial Analyst (Data Science)

Organisation: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Thematic Area : Geospatial Solutions


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge generation and regional cooperation. 

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 works 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 – Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions – and underpinned by the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) Unit. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reducing poverty and vulnerability and improving the lives and livelihoods of mountain women, men and children, now and in the future.

The vastness and remoteness of much of the HKH 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 (GIS) as a tool to support development policies and assist science-based decision making at multiple levels. In particular, the Centre has worked with both international and regional partners to provide access to data and information, integrate analysis and modelling, and develop interactive mapping and spatial visualization. ICIMOD is consequently 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 Analyst (Data Science) will conduct studies in the area of data analytics and machine learning for geospatial and remote-sensing data. 

Specific duties and responsibilities
  • Coordinate, plan, and implement data collection activities to support analysis, classification, and validation of geospatial and remote-sensing data
  • Conduct field surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles, GPS, and other instruments
  • Develop mobile applications to gather geospatial data from the field
  • Carry out quality assessments, improvement, and cleaning of field data
  • Perform pre and post processing of geospatial data for machine learning and deep learning workflows
  • Conduct annotation and labelling of features used as inputs to Geo AI mode
  • Develop application programmes for automating collection, downloading, and post processing of data collected using various instruments
  • Develop workflows and automated processing scripts to integrate remote-sensing data and products with other data sets from multiple sources
  • Help prepare documentation, including reports and methods of analysis 
  • Develop training programmes to provide formal and on-the-job trainings to users on machine learning 

Minimum Qualifications

  • MSc in geoinformatics, computer science, data science, or related areas with at least three years of relevant work experience. A first-level university degree in combination with six years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Experience with remote sensing and GIS software/platforms
  • Experience in programming in python and Jupyter notebook for data processing and analysis
  • Experience in using GPS, DGPS, UAV, and other field instruments for collecting spatial data 
  • Experience in developing scripts for automatic collection and processing data
  • Familiarity with machine learning and deep learning
  • Knowledge on geospatial field data collection instruments
  • Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications


  • Cross-cultural impact: Adapts to various customs and practices
  • Result orientation: Works in challenging situations to generate concrete results, successfully transforming output to outcome
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Solicits ideas and opinions to help form specific plans and take decisions cohesively
  • Behavioural flexibility and managing change: Adapts to change and adjusts to new responsibilities and circumstances 
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Spots opportunities for improvement, encourages new ideas, and implements new technologies to enhance workflow
  • Impactful communication: Is an active listener and able to tailor convincing messages for different audiences, ensuring effective communication within and outside the organization 
  • Analytical thinking: Uses logical thinking to solve problems, develop plans, and contribute to the decision-making process while taking different viewpoints into account
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Identifies relevant stakeholders and other external parties and builds relationships with them

Duty Station

The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel in the HKH region may be required.


Two years, with a probation period of six months, with a possibility of extension subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels.

Starting Date

As early as possible.


Salaries and benefits of 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 upholds a gender equity policy and is supportive of women professionals. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to the integration of gender equity at organizational and programmatic levels. 

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 23 Sep 2019 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.