UN Jobs - GIS and Mapping Officer at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Title:     GIS and Mapping Officer
Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: International Project Coordinator  
Vacancy Announcement Number: FRUGA/02/SPGS3/16

About US:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

About Project:
The Sawlog Production Grant Scheme Phase III is a joint initiative between the Government of Uganda and the European Union whose primary objective is to encourage private sector investment in commercial timber plantations through provision of grants and technical support. It aims at increasing the incomes of the rural population through commercial tree planting by small, medium and large scale planters and local communities, while at the same time helping to mitigate climate change effects through intensive afforestation.

Job Summary: The GIS and Mapping Officer will actively contribute to increasing the availability of spatial and non-spatial information on forest plantations. In coordination with existing GIS databases and applications in FAO Uganda, the GIS and Mapping Officer will collect, store and analyze geospatial data related to community and commercial forestry initiatives in Uganda. The incumbent will map forest plantations, carry out an inventory of current plantations and provide technical support in the development process of a Forestry Information Management System.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The GIS and Mapping Officer will have the following duties:
  • In coordination with project institutional partners and existing programs, design and develop a geo-spatial database for commercial and community forestry in Uganda
  • Collect, store, and analyze geospatial data on forest plantations and produce information products on existing plantations
  • Design and develop a remote sensing framework for commercial and community forest plantation monitoring
  • Carry out an inventory of existing geo-spatial and other data on forestry from previous SPGS projects including developed geo-spatial databases
  • Carry out all required mapping of forest plantations under SPGSIII and supervise the process of merging databases from previous SPGS projects and their data holdings
  • Provide technical support to the national inventory and documentation of commercial forestry
  • Work in liaison with the key partners, FAO technical officers and existing projects, provide technical support to the development of national forestry information management system Regularly update relevant geo-spatial databases including satellite imageries
  • Develop and implement a geo-spatial data quality assurance plan Regularly maintain and service physical infrastructure including computers, GPS units, printers, GIS software and other associated components
  • Produce maps and other information material as requested or required
  • Guide project management on new and emerging geo-spatial technologies, software and equipment
  • Perform any other task to meet the GIS, remote-sensing and geo-spatial analysis requirements of the project
  • Prepare and submit regular progress reports and contribute to other technical and administrative reports as needed or required
  • Actively participate in and contribute to the production of information materials, presentations and seminars
  • Travel to project sites for data collection, training or presentation(s) as needed or required Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) GIS and Mapping Officer job opportunity should hold a BS/BA in computer science, Information Technology, software engineering or related field. MS degree, while not a requirement, is an advantage
  • At least five years’ experience working with GIS applications, spatial analysis, remote sensing and geospatial databases
  • Excellent command and understanding of satellite sensors and remote sensing applications in forestry
  • Excellent field data collection skills
  • Previous experience working with and a sound understanding of Python is desired
  • Prior experience working with and demonstrated capability of using ESRI GIS tools with associated programming and scripting
  • Previous experience with and understanding of both Windows and Unix based operating systems is desired
  • Excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills

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

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan nationals should submit their applications together with detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and copies of certificates in a sealed envelope, and a completed FAO Personal Profile Form that can be accessed online, Click Here (Please logon or create online profile) , quoting Vacancy Announcement no. addressed to:

The Country Representative,
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Uganda.

NB: The envelopes should be registered at reception and placed in the box at reception of the FAO offices at Plot 88 Buganda Road, Wandegeya, Kampala. 

Deadline: 20th May 2016 by 2:00pm

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