Air Pollution Measurement 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 Pollution Measurement Associate

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Title: Air Pollution Measurement Associate (Instrument Associate) (open for Nepali nationals only)
Theme: Water and Air

Summary

We are looking for someone who is a passionate about air quality management, with proven skills in air quality monitoring. We are looking to hire an Air Pollution Measurement Associate to assist senior scientists in the operation and maintenance of trace gas measurement instruments, testing and installation, observatory development, and fieldwork. The associate will also support capacity-building trainings, data visualisation and backup, and linking atmospheric data to ICIMOD’s Regional Database System.

The applicant must 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

Under the direct supervision of the Water and Air Theme Leader and the general guidance of the Atmosphere Regional Programme Manager, the Air Pollution Measurement Associate will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Operate, maintain, and calibrate trace gases instruments 
  • Support data analysis and visualisation
  • Prepare tables on data availability from each observatory
  • Upload data to Regional Database System 
  • Assist in the establishment and maintenance of new air quality monitoring stations 
  • Support in evaluating satellite- and model-derived data with in situ observations using simple models and analysis tools
  • Support air quality dashboard with data acquisition-related activities
  • Support in the writing of assessment reports, project reports, proposals, and other documents
  • Support in capacity-building trainings and stakeholder engagement and outreach activities
  • Support in building partnerships at local and regional scales
  • Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals

Qualifications and experience 

  • A postgraduate degree in atmospheric science or related subjects with at least one year of relevant work experience is required. A first-level university degree in combination with three years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. 
  • Familiarity with existing literature or databases on atmospheric measurements 
  • Proficiency in data visualisation and analysis
  • Understanding of basic instrument operation
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of computer languages/programmes 

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 

One year, with a probation period of three months, starting as early as possible. Possibility of extension subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels.

Remuneration 

Salaries and benefits of 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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