Air Quality Application Development Associate

We are ICIMOD – a unique regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge centre based in Nepal. We work on behalf of the people of the HKH and our eight Regional Member Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

We aim to influence policy and practices to help the governments and communities of the HKH meet the region’s complex and increasing climate and environmental challenges while encouraging regional cooperation and collaboration for more sustainable mountain development. 

We are currently in the last year of our Medium-Term Action Plan (MTAP-IV) programming period (2018–2022). Given rapidly changing development scenarios, we have recently formulated a new Strategy 2030: Moving Mountains, where we have committed to helping build a greener, more inclusive, climate-resilient HKH and are eager to engage talented new colleagues from across the region and the world.

We are ICIMOD – a unique regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge centre based in Nepal. We work on behalf of the people of the HKH and our eight Regional Member Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

We aim to influence policy and practices to help the governments and communities of the HKH meet the region’s complex and increasing climate and …

Air Quality Application Development Associate

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Title: Air Quality Application Development Associate (project position; open for Nepali nationals only)
Theme: Water and Air

Summary

We are looking for someone who is passionate about data dissemination through IT. The associate will support air quality application design and development and work on data visualisation and linking open source air pollution data to Air Quality Dashboards managed by ICIMOD and its Regional Member Countries.

The applicant must be results driven and motivated to make a difference. You will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal, and working in a cross-cultural, impact-oriented environment. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who values partnerships and diversity, is passionate about mountains and people, and is committed to helping build a greener, more inclusive, climate resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). As ICIMOD moves into its new Strategy 2030 period from 2023, one of the impact areas we have identified is working to reduce adverse the health impacts of poor air quality while achieving mitigation co-benefits. 

Responsibilities and Tasks

The associate will largely work under the Regional Programme on Atmosphere. Under the direct supervision of the Water and Air Theme Leader and the general guidance of the Atmosphere Regional Programme Manager, the Air Quality Application Development Associate will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Help set up, maintain, and upgrade the hardware and software of air quality dashboard and allied systems
  • Conduct geospatial analysis and transformation of air quality stations, models, and other spatial data
  • Conduct geospatial allocation of emissions data and create model-ready emissions inventory
  • Carry out air quality and emission data visualisation and public (web, intranet, mobile app) dissemination of observations and model data using user-friendly applications
  • Build services in THREDDS server catalogue and enable WMS services
  • Visualise new data to display data extent and parameters available
  • Develop API for new data for partners
  • Develop manuals for air quality applications such as the Air Quality Dashboard
  • Support capacity-building trainings related to air quality apps developed by ICIMOD and engage in outreach activities
  • Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals

Qualifications and experience 

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field of study (GIS, geomatics engineering, environmental engineering, computer engineering/applications) with at least one year of relevant work experience is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of three years of demonstrated experience using GIS tools including scripting
  • A minimum of three years of demonstrated experience with Python, Fortran or C, or other such programming languages 
  • Experience working with large observation datasets such as NETCDF and HDF
  • Experience working in Unix/Linux environments
  • Some experience in TETHYS, THREDDS servers
  • Some experience of web, intranet, or mobile application development

Competencies

  • Teamwork and cooperation: Works collaboratively in a team, seeking opinions and feedback to find solutions and meet team objectives
  • Results orientation: Takes responsibility of fulfilling challenging goals set in line with organisational processes
  • Cross-cultural impact: Adjusts to cultural differences to ensure broad participation
  • Analytical thinking: Seeks out information that will support decision making and help achieve objectives
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Seeks to improve work processes by implementing new practices and technologies
  • Self-development: Displays a positive attitude towards learning and professional development
  • Developing others: Provides feedback on the performance or output of others to smoothen working relations and operational workflow 

Duration 

This is a project position in the Regional Programme on Atmosphere initially for one year, with a probation period of three months and a possibility of extension for a maximum of one year subject to performance.

Remuneration 

Salaries and benefits at ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organisations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Duty station: 

The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel and fieldwork will be required. 

Gender and Equity Policy 

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender equity policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to the integration of gender issues at organisational and programmatic levels.  

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