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Geospatial Application Development Analyst (project position)

Application deadline: 16 May 2021

ICIMOD Is seeking applications for the position, Geospatial Application Development Analyst (project position).

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 (MENRIS), 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.
Geospatial Solutions Theme
The vastness and remoteness of much of the HKH region has often been a barrier to development and to 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 multi levels. In particular, it 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. 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
ICIMOD implements SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) as an initiative under its Regional Programme on Mountain Environment Regional Information System. SERVIR-HKH works as the regional hub of the SERVIR Global programmes, which is 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 organization around the globe. With an overarching goal to improve 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 of government to use geospatial technologies and data to inform important management, policy, and planning decisions. Capacity to use information is strongly affected by gender inequalities; women may have limited opportunities and education to fully understand technical information. SERVIR-HKH takes into account these differences and make special efforts to build capacity and provide benefits to all groups.
Responsibilities and task
The Geospatial Application Development Analyst will work under the overall guidance of the theme leader of Geospatial Solutions and in technical collaboration with the Regional Programme on MENRIS.
The analyst will be responsible for designing and developing geospatial applications on desktop, web, and mobile platforms.
Specific duties and responsibilities
  • Analyse user requirement, 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 map, chart, table, 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
  • A master’s degree, preferably MSc in computer science/geo-informatics or related areas, with at least three years of relevant work experience is required. A first-level university degree in combination with five years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the more advanced university degree.
  • Good knowledge and experience of working with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with 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, OpenLayers, and Leaflet
  • Fluency in English
  • Strong analytical and report-writing skills
  • Cross-cultural impact: Adapts to various customs and practices and can resolve misunderstandings
  • Result and impact orientation: Navigates through challenging situations to achieve concrete results, successfully transforming outputs to outcomes
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Solicits ideas and opinions to help form specific plans and take decisions cohesively
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Recognizes the needs of different stakeholders and partners to build capacity and solve project issues while maintaining existing professional linkages and building new ones
  • Impactful communication: Applies active listening skills and tailors convincing messages for different audiences, integrating ideas from several sources
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Identifies opportunities for improvement, encourages new ideas, and implements new technologies to enhance workflow
  • Analytical thinking: Simplifies complex issues to identify the crux of a problem or opportunity in order to make effective, timely decisions
  • Behavioural flexibility and change management: Adapts to change and capably adjusts to new responsibilities and circumstances
Duty station
The duty station is Kathmandu, Nepal.
This is a project position for SERVIR-HKH, initially for two years, with a probation period of six months. Yearly extensions are possible subject to ICIMOD’s future funding levels and performance, with the entire contract period not exceeding September 2025.
Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared with 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 16 May 2021 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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With one foot in research and one foot in development, we work to influence and advance policy and promote sustainable development in one of the most complex places in the world.

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We're seeking dedicated team members at every level to share in our global mission. Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset.

Where we focus

We work to improve the lives and livelihoods of men, women, and children of the HKH and protect mountain environments and cultures.

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We raise awareness on mountain issues and amplify mountain voices in global forums. We connect the landscape working across scales, organizations, and disciplines to bring countries together around science and knowledge.

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We work across countries and cultures in a region where the forces of climate change and globalization are threatening resources and communities.

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Connect the landscape

We work across scales, organizations, and disciplines to bring countries together around science and knowledge.

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