Full Stack GIS Developer - IPSA 9 @ United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Remote

Job Overview

9 days ago

Full Stack GIS Developer - IPSA 9

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Remote

Full Stack GIS Developer - IPSA 9


Location :
Home-based

Application Deadline :
11-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)

Time left :
4d 7h 51m

Type of Contract :
IPSA (Regular)

Post Level :
IPSA-9

Languages Required :
English

Duration of Initial Contract :
6 Months

Expected Duration of Assignment :
6 Months



UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.



Background


Instructions to Applicants:

Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

Office/Unit/Project Description

The UN Reform Resolution tasks UNDP to provide countries with an “integrator function” to accelerate progress towards the SDGs by tackling multiple interlinked and interdependent development challenges. The UNDP Global Policy Network (GPN) draws on expertise globally to provide more effective responses to the complex development challenges countries face in achieving the SDGs and responding to crisis in an integrated and coherent manner. Anchored in the Crisis Bureau (CB) and the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), the GPN has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan, which is aligned with the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

An SDG Integration Team located with UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN) offers a menu of services emphasizing direct short- to medium-term engagements to respond rapidly to requests from country offices for support on national implementation and monitoring of integrated policy solutions, qualitative and evidence-driven analysis for accelerated progress, and knowledge sharing and upscaling of innovative approaches to sustainable development. The team’s work emphasizes the application of evidence-driven data and analytics for SDG implementation and reporting.

In this regard, advances in digital technology are creating data at unprecedented levels of detail and speed, turning the stories of people’s lives into numbers every minute of every day, across the globe. An important focus of the integration work is to complement traditional data (e.g., national statistics, NHDR like analysis) with new and alternative sources including digital ‘breadcrumbs,’ satellite data, social media to identify emerging trends and gain new perspectives on issues in development.

Under the guidance of the Global Policy Advisor of the SDG Integration Bureau for Policy and Programme Support/Global Policy Network, the Full Stack GIS Developer will support the Integration Team’s work with developing GIS solutions to strengthen the identification of emerging trends, improve understanding of evolving development issues and lead to the design of better development solutions. The GIS Developer will contribute to the development of scalable geospatial services and systems and have sound knowledge and understanding of GIS tools. This work will be pivotal in providing more complete and rigorous information when developing novel solutions or validating decisions.

Institutional Arrangement

The Full Stack GIS Developer will work under the guidance and direct supervision of Global Policy Advisor of the SDG Integration Bureau for Policy and Programme Support/Global Policy Network and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the scope of work mentioned above. She/he will be given access to relevant information necessary for the execution of the tasks under this assignment and will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop. Given the global consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the GIS Developer is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones.




Duties and Responsibilities


Scope of Work

The Full Stack GIS Developer will contribute to the following tasks:

  • Build, deploy and test geospatial services that are complex and/or large-scale in Azure cloud environment
  • Develop tools and pipelines to support deployment and maintenance of geospatial services and data pipelines
  • Design, develop and deploy web applications and associated components using latest standards and technologies
  • Provide technical advice to the UNDP GIS and analytics team regarding geospatial services and best practices
  • Support strategic thinking and processes related to infrastructure, geospatial data pipelines, software development and deployment



Competencies


Competencies

Core


Achieve Results:


LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline


Think Innovatively:


LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements


Learn Continuously:


LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback


Adapt with Agility:


LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible


Act with Determination:

LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident


Engage and Partner:


LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships


Enable Diversity and Inclusion:


LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area


Name


Definition


Digital & Innovation


Data literacy


Understand the potential as well as the limitations of using data driven innovation.


Digital & Innovation


Data privacy and digital ethics


Knowledge of ethical usage of digital technology (e.g. AI, robotics, automation) and data. Ability to assess ethical implications when using, combining or sharing data, when building or implementing AI systems, and when advising on robotisation and automation etc. Ability to design privacy protocols to ensure data is protected and used for legitimate purposes without unnecessary privacy risks.


Digital & Innovation


Tech literacy


Ability to apply new digital tools or adapting their original use to create new insights, fresh perspectives or develop solutions.


Digital & Innovation


Protoyping


Ability to make ideas tangible, at low costs early in the innovation process, to test and improve them through iteration.


Digital & Innovation


Collective intelligence design


Being able to integrate different types of data (real-time, ‘ground- truth’ and novel data) to unlock fresh insights. Understand guidelines and principles around data privacy, ethics and protection.


Digital & Innovation


Geospatial analysis


Skilled in techniques which study entities using their topological, geometric, or geographic properties.




Required Skills and Experience


Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA

Min. Academic Education


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in GIS, Computer Science, Engineering or Scientific Discipline;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with an additional two years of experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of Master’s


Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • Masters degree with 2 years’ relevant experience in geospatial data engineering, or Bachelors degree with 4 years relevant experience


Required skills and competencies


  • Proven experience with designing and developing geospatial services with open-source industry standard tools, such as Cartodb, GeoServer, MapServer, Tileserver-gl, and ArcGIS server in a cloud environment
  • Advanced knowledge of devops best practices used for deployment of standardized geospatial services in cloud environment
  • Advanced knowledge of SQL and PostGIS spatial database
  • Advanced knowledge of frontend web technologies and libraries used to develop web-GIS systems like Svelte, React, Vue, Maplibre, Leaflet
  • Experience with designing and developing cartographic map styles using CartoCSS and Mapbox styles
  • Experience working with geospatial data, and theoretical knowledge of the geospatial problem domain.


Desired additional skills and competencies


  • Experience designing, building, testing, and deploying production data pipelines
  • Ability to present outputs using contemporary methods and communicate effectively with a range of audiences to transfer the knowledge gained.
  • Experience leading more junior staff as part of delivering geospatial digital solutions.


Required Language(s) (at working level)


Fluency in written and spoken English


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