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    GIS Developer

    Food And Agriculture Organization (FAO)

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have re

    Job Summary

    • Posted Date Jan, 31
    • Expire Date expired
    • Category Developer
    • Location Multiple Locations
    • Type Full Time
    • Education Degree
    • Experience 3 - 4 years
    • Salary Unspecified

    Job Description

    Organizational Setting

    The key mission of the FAO Representation in Somalia, which is led by FAO Representative (FAOR), is to assist and support the national government to develop policies, strategies and programme aimed at accelerating the Implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of FAO's global mandate and Strategic Objectives. More specifically, FAO's response aims to address national needs and priorities in achieving food security, reducing hunger and malnutrition, developing agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors, and ensuring the sustainable use of environmental and natural resources and respond to recurrent emergencies. The current portfolio of activities of the FAO Representation in Somalia includes a wide scope of technical support interventions ranging from policy support through livestock and crop production, to natural resource management, Nutrition, value chain, food security analysis and water and land information management. FAO is also implementing several emergency, resilience-building and development interventions, with the support of its five field offices and close to 400 staff in partnership with the Federal and State line ministries. 


    Reporting Lines

    Under the overall guidance of the FAO Officer in Charge for Somalia, the direction of the Technical Advisor and the direct supervision of the Remote Sensing/GIS Team Leader.


    Technical Focus 

    The incumbent will be responsible for developing scripts to be used in analysis of geospatial datasets and satellite imagery, generating information on land and water sources, supporting agricultural/livestock/water infrastructure monitoring including change detection and environmental monitoring activities.


    Tasks and responsibilities

    •    Maintain and support data publication in GeoNode with the help of GIS/RS team to ensure all datasets are updated and well documented.
    •    Assist in development of GIS web applications and geoprocessing tools.
    •    Provide maintenance and support of the Database and Geospatial Servers.
    •    Assist in quality assurance checks on SWALIM’S GIS Web based systems and recommend updates or new technology when applicable.
    •    Develop tools to automate processing of remote sensing data including image classification, support onscreen digitization, extraction of features and generation of tabular information to support SWALIM and other FAO Somalia sectors.
    •    Assist in producing scripts for image processing and analysis through Google Earth Engine and other web based geospatial platforms. 
    •    Develop tools for geospatial data analysis using open source software, including QGIS.
    •    Design and implement data work-flow processes for web applications.
    •    Document and develop user manuals for all GIS/RS applications developed.
    •    Develop and document GIS related training material.
    •    Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the RS/GIS Team Leader and/or by SWALIM TA.

    Skills and Qualifications

    Minimum Requirements

    •    University Degree/Diploma in one of the following areas: Geographic Information System, Information management and Database Management, Mapping or any other intensive training / post graduate course on above-mentioned related fields.
    •    At least 3 year of work experience in remote sensing data interpretation 
    •    Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. For PSA, Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish is required.


    FAO Core Competencies

    •    Results Focus
    •    Teamwork
    •    Communication
    •    Building Effective Relationships
    •    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


    Technical/Functional Skills 

    •    Experience with cloud-based geospatial platforms, especially Google Earth Engine.
    •    Experience with Open Source GIS Software, Standards, SDKs and APIs like GeoServer, MapServer, OpenLayers, Leaflet
    •    In-depth knowledge about GIS data formats like shapefiles, and geospatial exchange data formats such as KML, GML, GeoJSON.
    •    Familiarity with the Software Development tools including Git and GitHub.
    •    Experience with development of AI/ML is a strong asset.
    •    Knowledge of Environmental Sciences would be an advantage. 
    •    Ability to work under minimum supervision and effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.


    Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency



    • FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
    • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
    • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at 
    • For more information, visit the FAO employment website
    • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances

    How to apply

    • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
    • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
    • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
    • Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
    • Incomplete applications will not be considered
    • Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
    • Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
    • Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
    •  We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

    If you need help, or have queries, please contact: [email protected]



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