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GIS Specialist


Grade: NOA 

Vacancy no.: DC/PNG/NOA/2020/10
Publication date: 15 February 2020

Application deadline (midnight local time): 6 March 2020


Job ID: 2648 
Department: RO-Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Suva 
Location: Wewak, Papua New Guinea   
Contract type:  Fixed-term appointment  

Contract duration: One year(with possibility of annual renewal) 


Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates* 

*The recruitment process for National Officer positions is subject to specific local recruitment and eligibility criteria.


Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.


*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade. 


The EU funded Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade project, STREIT, aims to contribute to the sustainable and inclusive economic development in East Sepik and Sandaun Provinces. It will target integration with and support to the broader work of FAO and other project partners to support cocoa, vanilla and fishery value chains. The ILO has been tasked to implement the project transport infrastructure component, thereby improving access to communities and markets, in particular those linked to the value chain development. 


By applying local resource-based approaches in the infrastructure works, the ILO also seeks to (i) increase participation of local communities in the planning and implementation of works, (ii) increase the creation of jobs and income by applying employment-intensive work methods and (iii) secure the involvement of the local construction industry. The dimensions of increased employment and income opportunities and more private sector business prospects are expected to create additional synergies with the sustainable and inclusive economic development ambitions of the project.


The ILO activities will also place emphasis on strengthening the capacity of local institutions responsible for the improvement and maintenance of PNGs transport infrastructure, introducing approaches relying to the extent possible on the use of local resources such as local entrepreneurs and communities. All activities will be gender-mainstreamed targeting women, youth and disadvantaged groups.


The project will be delivered by a team based in Wewak, PNG, with support from the office in Port Moresby, the ILO Office in Suva, Fiji, and ILO expert teams in Bangkok and Geneva.

Reporting Lines

The ILO technical assistance forms an integral part of the STREIT project delivered by a host of UN agencies under the overall coordination of FAO. The GIS Specialist will be part of the ILO technical team which constitutes a portion of a larger project team provided by several UN agencies tasked to deliver all the components of STREIT.


Reporting to the ILO Infrastructure Specialist, the GIS Specialist will be responsible for the establishment of an effective Geographic Information System that will be used as a supportive and complementary tool to the project monitoring and information system.

Description of Duties

The main purpose of the introduction of GIS is to help monitoring the access improvements for the value chains as well as transport access in general for rural communities targeted by the project.  The GIS will also be used to plan and monitor infrastructure works and the resulting changes in rural connectivity and transport patterns resulting from the project interventions.

In collaboration with local authorities, technical agencies, UN agencies and local communities, the GIS Specialist will engage in a number of activities, including but not limited to:

  • Review and analyse existing GIS capabilities and operational tools available to public works agencies in the country as well as similar tools in use in other ILO projects;
  • Develop, test and operationalize the GIS for use by the project team and local transport infrastructure agencies;
  • Install, administer and update information/database systems (i.e. spatial and meta-databases) to ensure smooth operations of related GIS development and activities;
  • Identify needs and conduct surveys for the development of the required geo-network for use in subsequent project activities;
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  • Identify and make arrangements for the procurement of appropriate computer hardware, software and supplies - and for the repair and maintenance of such equipment. Troubleshoot, and whenever possible resolve problems on-the-spot;
  • Provide inputs in the implementation of GIS development related project activities;
  • Provide inputs to the appraisal and design of transport infrastructure works and update database on the basis of field surveys and transport improvement works;
  • Ensure that data relevant to reporting and evaluation of works are integrated into the GIS information database and support the project monitoring, reporting and impact evaluations.
Required qualifications

University degree in information technology or equivalent.

  • Demonstrated expertise in the field of GIS (preferably with a specialisation in GIS);
  • Substantial working experience relevant to the assignment;
  • Substantial experience in developing, analysing, designing, installing, operating and maintaining a GIS – including the necessary operational systems for efficient and accurate flows of data;
  • Advanced knowledge of GIS software such as ArcGIS/ArcInfo and other (open-source) software, including creating queries to prepare relevant data sets from other attribute database platforms;
  • Excellent conceptual, analytical and computer application skills.

Good command of English.  Knowledge of the main local language(s) is preferable.

  • Effective skills and ability to interpret project information to identify and analyse challenges as a basis for finding appropriate solutions and provide guidance and support to project staff and technical agencies; 
  • Ability to work independently with a clear focus on reaching defined outputs in a timely manner as agreed in work plans;
  • Ability to establish priorities and to efficiently plan, organise, coordinate and monitor work activities;
  • Ability to work in a team and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Good understanding of gender and minority issues, gender mainstreaming and equal opportunity principles and approaches;
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


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