ICT Senior Officer (Geospatial Information Officer – Image Analyst)

Background Information – Job-specific


UNOPS supports partners to build a better future by providing services that increase the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of peace building, humanitarian and development projects. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organizations.

The New York Portfolios Office (NYPO) supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management

The Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. It was formed by combining the following portfolios: Grants Management Services (GMS), UN Technology Support Services (UNTSS), Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio (DSIP) It provides Services to partners’ programmes that are designed, structured, and managed with a global perspective and primarily serving partners that are headquartered in New York. The SDC has a footprint of approximately 125 countries.

The United Nations Global Service Center (UNGSC) is a global provider for IT services in United Nations Secretariat and provides IT service for Peacekeeping missions, UN HQ, UN Agencies, funds and programs.

The Department of Operational Support (DOS) is responsible for the delivery and maintenance of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, systems and software applications in support of the operational requirements of Peacekeeping Missions, Special Political Missions, as well as Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and DOS at Headquarters.

ICT is one of the fundamental components that enable substantive work of field missions. Timely and secure communications and information exchange within and between UN Peacekeeping Missions and Headquarters is critical to meet the core strategic, operational and tactical mandate of the United Nations. It is of paramount importance that robust, fault tolerant and scalable ICT infrastructure is in place to maintain operations in the event of natural or manmade disasters, disruption in the theatre of operation, or as Security Council mandates change.

The Service for Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies at the UNGSC provides a critical role as the as the resilient operational hub for the support and delivery of technology services and solutions to field operations and a broad range of Secretariat and United Nations system clients. As a unified, singular service provider, SGITT provides reliable, resilient and innovative geospatial, communications and information technology services, including centralized connectivity, hosting and monitoring support, ensuring that staff members in field missions and at Headquarters have access to critical enterprise systems.

The ICT Senior Officer (Geospatial Information Officer – Image Analyst) will carry out his/her tasks within the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC)/Geospatial, Information and Telecommunication Technologies Service (SGITT)/Client Solution Delivery Section (CSDS)/Analytics and Location Intelligence Unit (ALIU).

Under the overall supervision of UNOPS Senior Programme Manager, the incumbent will work under Chief ALIU or a designated officer and be responsible for providing image intelligence services. The incumbent will administratively report to Programme and Implementation Coordinator.

This is a position in UNOPS for supporting projects carried out for or in the United Nations Secretariat.

The incumbent of this position will be a staff member of UNOPS under its full responsibility.

Functional Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the ICT Senior Officer (Geospatial Information Officer – Image Analyst) will be responsible for the following duties:

Summary of Key Functions

  1. Analysis
  2. Innovation
  3. Management and Coordination, and
  4. Quality Control

1. Analysis

  • Process, analyze, and interpret aerial/satellite imagery (multispectral, thermal, and radar) for image intelligence applications.
  • Perform time-series analysis and detect changes in areas of interest (AOIs)
  • Undertake rigorous spatial and terrain analysis for geospatial intelligence applications.
  • Analyze data from multiple sources, such as internal memos and reports, open-source intelligence, and others.

2. Innovation

  • Develop innovative geospatial/image analysis techniques and document workflows and processes.
  • Extract features of interest from high-resolution imagery.

3. Management and Coordination

  • Lead technical teams and manage projects using proved project manage methodology.
  • Liaise with clients to understand and articulate short- and medium-term requirements.

4. Quality Control

  • Generate comprehensive analytical reports, including quality visuals/products and current/reliable information for decision-making at various levels.
  • Assist in peer-review and quality control of analytics products prepared by other colleagues.

5. Performs other duties as may be reasonably required and in line with the incumbent’s scope of services above.

Impact of results

The result of work of the ICT Senior Officer (Geospatial Information Officer – Image Analyst) impacts directly on delivery of intelligence services in response to emergencies and to support field missions’ peace operations, as well as safety and security of personnel and assets. It will also ensure proper processes, methodologies, and analytics approaches are followed and implemented according to the latest of the industry standards. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring activities for all global locations are in line with the overall UNGSC business targets and UN policies, rules and regulations.

Education/Experience/Language requirements




  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in remote Sensing, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), Geography, Geology, or related fields is required.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in combination with an additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.



  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in Remote Sensing/Imagery Analysis, GIS/Geospatial Analysis or related fields.
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional knowledge of ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, or comparable geospatial/image analysis software system/platform.
  • A minimum of 1 year of professional experience in imagery intelligence, preferably in a military or humanitarian context.

Desired: The following experience is optional. Candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Professional experience of digital cartography in a GIS environment.
  • Professional experience in statistical analysis using enterprise office software (e.g. “R”, MS Excel, MS Access).
  • Infographics and Graphics experience using enterprise graphics software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop).
  • Python scripting, preferably in ArcGIS environment.


  • For this job opening, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.


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Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term
Contract level: P2
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types.
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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