DATE OF ISSUANCE:   31 Jan 2014
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Field Missions Administered by DPKO
DUTY STATION:   Multiple D/S

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All applicants will be notified in writing as to the status of their application (successful or unsuccessful) at the end of the recruitment/rostering/selection process (see ST/AI/2010/3 on Staff Selection System). The process for rostering based on Generic Job Openings usually takes from 4 to 6 months from the date the vacancy is posted. Placement on the roster does not guarantee selection to field mission.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This Generic Job Opening has been advertised to attract applications from qualified candidates, including serving staff in various Geographic Information Systems & Technology functions or related positions such as Geographic Information Assistants, Geographic Information Assistants (Systems Administrator), etc. These duties are generic and may differ depending on the requirements of the field mission. Under the direction of the Unit Supervisor or his/her designated officer, the Geographic Information Assistant will be responsible for the following duties: Geographic Information Specialist: Coordinates and prepares the timely creation of standard and specialised thematic mapping products at all scales to support decision making and information dissemination processes of other sections; Leads the team in the collection, processing and evaluation of geographic data, to include vector, raster and thematic data to enhance mission spatial databases; Quality assures mission gazetteer to ensure that it is up-to-date and effective; Participates in the quality control of all geographic information products prepared; Creates topographic style mapping to support mission operations; Conducts geographic/terrain analysis studies to assist in operational decision making; Compiles and provides input on the mission GIS Section’s with respect to procurement and budgetary matters; Takes the lead in the archiving of the mission’s geographic data and maintain the mission’s geo-database system; Supervises the operation of the mission’s intranet map server(s) and its associated services; Conducts geographic information training and education programmes for mission staff; Assists in managing the technical work of junior staff; Performs other related duties as assigned. System Administration: Leads the team in GIS server administration, which includes the installation, configuration, testing and maintenance of geographic information system, as well as optimizing the availability and responsiveness of various GIS server functions: geo-database, file and web/application; Provides technical support in administration of desktop workstations including first level troubleshooting, application software installations and updates, as well as the upkeep of peripheral equipment including plotters and scanners; Provides technical support, including software, hardware and geographic information system support; Populates GIS data repository and implement appropriate data security and access controls; Liaise with server systems administrator group for the backup of GIS servers, and implement disaster recovery plans for the mission; Develops common applications and web templates/services for mission GIS Sections; Takes the lead to complete the timely exchange of geographic information between missions and the Cartographic Section of the Department of Field Support (DFS); Assists in managing the technical work of junior staff; Performs other related duties as assigned.

Professionalism: Technical qualifications and broad knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Systems Administration, and its related systems. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal Participation of women and men in all areas of work. Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


High school diploma or equivalent is required. Technical or vocational training in Cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and/or equivalent, which involves geographic information and image processing programmes, and GIS Systems Administration are desirable.

Work Experience
At least eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in geographic information (ex. geographic information system integration, geographic/terrain analysis, image processing, mapping, GPS, geo-spatial related information technology, etc.) and its related works, including at least three (3) years of experience at the international level are required. Direct working experience in UN geographic information operations in the field is desirable. Experience in multinational working environment is desirable. Knowledge of geo-database systems, software programming languages and web technology is desirable. Direct experience with geographic information applications including IPB (Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield) knowledge and experience in military, especially in Terrain Analysis Team, is desirable. Knowledge and practical experience of GIS software is required. Candidate should indicate clearly with proof on his/her level of knowledge/practical experience in ArcGIS (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView and its extensions) and ERDAS Imagine. Experience in international operations in a post conflict environment is desirable.

French and English are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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Your application will be screened and evaluated against the requirements set out in the vacancy announcement. In the event that you successfully complete the preliminary screening process, you will be contacted to further discuss your interest in working with UN peace operations. The next step would be consideration and interview for specific positions.

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