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User Engagement and Outreach Specialist (project position)

Application deadline: 14 Oct 2020

ICIMOD is seeking applications for the position, User Engagement and Outreach Specialist (project position).

Thematic area
Geospatial Solutions
Programme
Mountain Environment Regional Information System
Division
SERVIR-HKH
Background
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.
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 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, integrate analysis and modelling, and develop interactive mapping and spatial visualization. Consequently, 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-HKH Initiative
The SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative works as the regional hub of the SERVIR Global programme, 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 organizations 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 the SERVIR-HKH Initiative 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. The capacity to use information is strongly affected by socioeconomic differences, and the SERVIR-HKH Initiative takes into account these differences and makes special efforts to build capacity and provide benefits to all groups.
Responsibilities and task
The User Engagement and Outreach Specialist will work under the overall guidance of Theme Leader – Geospatial Solutions and in technical collaboration with the respective programme. S/he will be responsible for coordinating effective engagement between SERVIR partners and ICIMOD to ensure the broader uptake of services. S/he will also be responsible for integrating user consultation and participation across SERVIR services and activities. The Specialist will work closely with other key personnel, activity leads, and technical staff on planning, design, development, and dissemination of services, products, and tools. S/he will be involved in the development of communication materials, strategies, training, and outreach events to ensure that necessary user engagement activities are planned and that the right mix of skills are in place for engaging users effectively. S/he will be primarily responsible for developing approaches and templates to guide systematic user engagement as well as working across the hub to define roles and responsibilities for completing user engagement tasks. 
The Specialist will have the following specific duties:
  • Develop a framework to ensure effective stakeholder engagement in different phases of service planning and design
  • Systematically identify stakeholders and assess their needs for using Earth observation (EO) and geospatial information services (GIS)
  • Develop user engagement strategies to ensure stakeholder involvement upfront in designing and prototyping of services and ensure that all SERVIR activities incorporate user engagement components in their design and implementation of products and services
  • Design approaches and templates that guide systematic user engagement and work closely with other key personnel to define roles and responsibilities for completing user engagement tasks
  • Translate user requirements into functional and technical specifications for designing services
  • Develop innovative strategies for service uptake, use, maintenance, sustainability, and adaptive management to ensure services are impactful at the end-user level
  • Engage and coordinate with external partners, including government officials, donors, NGOs, and other partners and stakeholders to further advance service use, impact, and sustainability
  • Present an application system to the user to receive feedback and collaborate with the technical team for improvements to the system
  • Work in close collaboration with service leads and the KMC Unit to develop knowledge and outreach products, and lead outreach activities
  • Regularly contribute information to user database, knowledge management tools related to user engagement and outreach 
Minimum qualifications
  • A masters’ degree in international development, sustainable development, natural resource management, social sciences, or similar fields with five years of experience. A first-level university degree in combination with seven years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the more advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in international development approaches
  • Basic knowledge of EO/GIS
  • Experience in using different stakeholder engagement tools, including design and implementation of workshops, questionnaire and online surveys, and focus group discussions for information services
  • Ability to identify relevant collaboration partners within and outside the institution, maintain existing linkages, and effectively communicate with stakeholders on different levels
  • Proven record of productive engagement with government institutions, NGOs, and scientists
  • Knowledge of the political, social, cultural, environmental, and development context of the HKH region
  • Experience in designing/developing knowledge and outreach products for effective user engagement
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
Competencies
  • Cross-cultural impact: Effectively manages the complexity of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Result and impact orientation: Ability to proactively generate concrete results
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Ability to work smoothly and effectively with others in intercultural teams to establish constructive ideas or solutions that meet the team’s objectives
  • Developing others: Able to actively support a continuous learning culture and give constructive feedback
  • Strategic thinking: Uses innovative concepts to translate strategy into practical steps
  • Networking and stakeholder management: Ability to identify relevant stakeholders, establish networks with strategic institutions, and effectively communicate with stakeholders
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Ability to use new technologies and pro-actively adopt new approaches and integrate them with the expertise of others
  • Impactful communication: Able to use active listening skills and effectively present, explain, and discuss on complex ideas 
Others

Duty station
The duty station is Kathmandu, Nepal. Frequent travel to Afghanistan may be required.
Duration
This is a project position for the SERVIR-HKH Initiative, initially for three years, with a probation period of six months. Yearly extensions are possible, with the entire contract period not exceeding a maximum of five years.
Renumeration
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 14 Oct 2020 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Numerical Weather Forecasting Analyst (project position)

Application deadline: 14 Oct 2020

ICIMOD is seeking applications for the position, Numerical Weather Forecasting Analyst (project position).

Thematic area
Geospatial Solutions
Programme
MENRIS
Division
SERVIR-HKH
Background
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.
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 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, integrate analysis and modelling, and develop interactive mapping and spatial visualization. Consequently, 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-HKH Initiative
The SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative works as the regional hub of the SERVIR Global programme, 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 organizations 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 the SERVIR-HKH Initiative 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. The capacity to use information is strongly affected by socioeconomic differences, and the SERVIR-HKH Initiative takes into account these differences and makes special efforts to build capacity and provide benefits to all groups.
Responsibilities and task
The Numerical Weather Forecasting Analyst will work under the overall guidance of the Theme Leader – Geospatial Solutions and in technical collaboration with the respective programme. S/he will be responsible for transferring knowledge of the High Impact Weather Assessment Toolkit (HIWAT), an extreme-weather prediction system developed by NASA. S/he will support and set up the HIWAT model at ICIMOD and partners’ systems. Key tasks involve installing HIWAT in the high-performance computing (HPC) system, optimizing HIWAT processes, developing new applications using HIWAT outputs, verifying model outputs against observational data, and providing training to professionals at partner agencies on running the system and interpreting outputs. 
  • The Analyst will have the following specific duties:
  • Collaborate with NASA scientists to understand the operational process of the HIWAT system
  • Deploy the HIWAT system at ICIMOD and partners HPC environment
  • Validate the HIWAT model skill and devise methods for continual improvement of the forecast system
  • Customize the HIWAT domain and parameters for new areas and ensemble compositions
  • Develop training materials and provide training to professionals at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology – Nepal, and other partners to build their capacity for running and managing HIWAT
  • Design and improve the visualization and interpretation of the HIWAT dissemination system
Minimum qualifications
  • A master’s degree, preferably MSc in meteorology 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.
  • Five years' experience in the operation of high-resolution weather forecast models on the high-performance computing system
  • Knowledge of different input data and sources for model initialization
  • Experience in running weather prediction models in a Linux environment
  • Experience with the cloud environment
  • Experience in Python programming
  • Experience in analysis and verification of weather model outputs
  • Knowledge of satellite-based meteorological data
Competencies
  • Content knowledge: Knowledge on numerical weather modelling, Earth observation, and geospatial information applications
  • 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.
Duration
This is a project position for the SERVIR-HKH Initiative, initially for two years, with a probation period of six months. Yearly extensions are possible, with the entire contract period not exceeding a maximum of five years.
Renumeration
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 14 Oct 2020 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Programme Associate (Open for Nepali nationals only)

Application deadline: 13 Oct 2020

ICIMOD is seeking applications for the position, Programme Associate (Open for Nepali nationals only).

Programme
Adaptation and Resilience Building
Background
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 thematic areas, regional programmes, and initiatives are supported by programme associates, who provide overall administrative and logistic support to ensure the smooth functioning of the unit. 
Responsibilities and task
The Programme Associate will work for the Regional Programme Manager of Adaptation and Resilience Building (30%) and the Programme Coordinator (70%) of one of the initiatives within the regional programme. Under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator and in close cooperation with the Regional Programme Manager and the initiative team, the Programme Associate will be responsible for the following: 

Manage general administration
  • Provide administrative support to ensure the smooth operation of the initiative/regional programme, including the preparation of a work calendar, contractual agreements, and annual plan and progress reports
  • Receive guests and visitors of the regional programme and themes
  • Ensure availability/functioning of required stationery and equipment
Support in organizing national/international travels and events
  • Prepare the annual event calendar and related budgets; liaise with other relevant administrative sections for event organization and management
  • Prepare participants’ lists, dispatch invitations, and manage follow-up communication
  • Arrange travel and vehicles as required and manage travel claim distribution
  • Arrange other logistical requirements for events, including travel/hotel/vehicle requirements, stationery, and other equipment
Coordinate finance and administration
  • Ensure the completion of financial reports as per the standard checklist
  • Monitor project budget utilization and payments, and liaise with the Finance Unit for the timely release of payments
  • Support the regional programme in business development
Support Knowledge management and communication
  • Assist team members in typing, formatting, and printing reports and documents
  • Manage the unit’s information management system, including proper filing of documents
  • Prepare submissions for the web and newsletter as required
  • Maintain an updated contact list and communicate with external parties as required
  • Support the design and management of the regional programme’s communication and management strategy
Other
  • Execute other tasks given by the Regional Programme Manager and Programme Coordinator as required and within one’s capacity
  • Work in close collaboration with the Programme Officer to ensure smooth operation of the initiative
Minimum qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minimum of two years of work experience in an administrative capacity. An advanced degree or experience related to social and environmental sciences and natural resource management will be an asset.
  • Experience in financial reporting and maintenance of accounts
  • Strong interest to work in administration in the environment and development sectors
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write fluently in English and Nepali
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office applications)
Competencies
  • Teamwork and cooperation: Works smoothly and effectively with others in the team to establish constructive solutions to meet team objectives
  • Result orientation: Takes responsibility for fulfilling challenging goals set in line with organizational processes
  • Cross cultural impact: Adjusts to cultural differences and respects and understands cultural differences
  • Analytical thinking: Seeks out information to understand problems and uses appropriate data to support decisions
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Continually improves work processes and questions status quo practices, traditions, and assumptions
  • Self-development: Demonstrates a continuous learning attitude and seeks opportunities for personal development
  • Developing others: Facilitates effective operational results and compliance
Duty station
The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel in the HKH region may be required.
Duration
One year, of which the first three months are probationary, with the possibility of an extension subject to ICIMOD’s future funding levels and performance.
Start date
As early as possible.
Renumeration
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 13 Oct 2020 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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Why ICIMOD?

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.

Our team

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.

How we work

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.

Our culture

A diverse perspective

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

Create knowledge

Our knowledge is an asset we are determined to share. We create knowledge, seek to understand problems, and present possible solutions by facilitating research, producing data and sharing good practices.

Connect the landscape

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

Promote resilience

The knowledge we create and share helps the people of the HKH become more resilient, make the most of new opportunities, and prepare for change.

Policies & strategies

The policies and strategies define what we expect of ourselves, and our partners, as we operate with integrity.

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Protect the pulse

This is our rally cry, our call to action, the force that drives us in three simple words. The HKH is the pulse of the planet and changes happen here before they happen anywhere else. Learn more about this critical global resource, and how we are here to protect it.

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