Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Research Associate – Cryosphere  Research (Open for Nepali Nationals Only)
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (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 delivers impact 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 of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and in the future.

ICIMOD needs to procure a range of equipment and services for its operations and planned activities, including scientific equipment, vehicles, IT equipment, consumables/stationery, and maintenance items. ICIMOD adopts a one-door policy for procurement and has established a dedicated Procurement Unit. ICIMOD is now seeking a Sr Procurement Associate to support the activities of this unit.

Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Research Associate – Cryosphere Research (Open for Nepali Nationals Only)

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The Geospatial Solutions Theme:

The vastness and remoteness of much of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region has often been a barrier to development and research. 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 geoinformation 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 geographic information system (GIS) hubs in their own countries.

The Cryosphere Initiative ICIMOD’s Cryosphere Initiative collaborates with its partners to study the importance of snow, ice, and permafrost. The initiative and its implementing partners in the region have established a Cryosphere Monitoring Programme to assess cryosphere water resources, cryosphere-related disaster risks, and scenarios for future water availability using an integrated approach of field measurements, remote sensing, and modelling.

Together with the regional and international partners, the initiative works to enhance the capacity of institutions in ICIMOD’s regional member countries to increase scientific knowledge of the cryosphere and to co-produce and share relevant data and knowledge about the cryosphere. The work contributes to the development of effective measures and policies for water resources and risk management in the HKH.

No of Vacancy: 1

Duration: One year (probation period of three months), with a possibility of extension subject to performance, programme activities, and ICIMOD’s future funding levels

Remuneration: Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Masters Degree in Geoinformatics or Cryosphere-related subjects with at least two years 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.
  • Experience in remote sensing and image processing, rectification, and classification
  • Knowledge of remote sensing and geospatial data sources
  • Experience in developing scripts for automatic processing of remote sensing and geospatial data using python, java scripts, or R

Skills and Competencies

  • Content knowledge: Knowledge on earth observation and geospatial information
  • Management & coordination: Ability to work with minimum supervision and guidance for analyzing and processing geospatial data
  • Impact & results orientation: Proactive approach to team work
  • Analytical thinking: Seeks out information and conducts research to understand problems and use appropriate data to support decisions
  • Social/team competency: Ability to work smoothly and effectively with others in the team to establish constructive ideas or solutions that meet the team objective
  • Flexibility: Ability to easily adapt to changing contexts, technologies, and approaches when necessary and make improvements in own work area
  • Report writing: Ability to contribute to the preparation and consolidation of reports and publications

Responsibilities and Tasks:

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Theme Leader for Geospatial Solutions, and in technical collaboration with staff within the Cryosphere Initiative, the Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Associate will conduct studies related to cryosphere monitoring.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support collection and integration of data from various spatial and non-spatial sources
  • Perform data analysis for spatial and time-series data and prepare maps, tables, and statistics
  • Perform automatic and semi-automatic extraction of snow and glacier cover data from satellite images
  • Support validation of image classification results
  • Conduct climate data processing and analysis
  • Support fieldwork in the study area to collect ground data on snow and glacier research
  • Help prepare documentation, including reports and methods of analysis

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 organizational and programmatic levels.

Applying Procedure

Applicants are requested to apply online before February 17, 2019 through ICIMOD online application system.

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