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Programme Analyst, Geospatial Information Systems; Data & Analytics Branch, P-2, Nairobi (169361)

United Nations Population Fund

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1 week ago

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Job Description/Requirements

The Position:

The Programme Analyst- Geospatial Information Systems position is in the Data and Analytics Branch of the Programme Division, HQ and reports to the Programme Specialist- Geospatial Analysis. His/Her responsibilities will be to support the acquisition, cleaning, storage, analysis, dissemination, and use of geospatial data for policy and programme formulation in areas of UNFPA mandate, as well as capacity development.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The incumbent performs tasks that include gathering, interpreting, processing, validating and using geospatial data and information related to mapping access to services to support areas of UNFPA mandate. He/she will support geospatial specialists within the Data and Analytics Branch in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geospatial databases. May perform custom application development or provide user support when required. 

You would be responsible for:

Supporting data gathering and processing for geospatial analysis of UNFPA core indicators relevant to the achievement of the “three zeros” that UNFPA aims to achieve by 2030, e.g. to facilitate mapping geographic access of population to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services and key subnational variations in harmful practices;  Collecting and maintaining common geography data such as boundaries, land cover, human settlement layers, road system, high-resolution satellite imagery for internal use. Working with your supervisor and the GIS team to select key themes and country use-cases for in-depth geospatial data analytics, and conducts mapping of core indicators at sub-national level, identifying hotspots of need, and interprets trends or patterns using geospatial mapping, basic machine learning techniques and statistical methods (for example, mapping geographic access to essential components of SRH services, linking Gender Based Violence prevalence with HIV, etc.)  Supporting the integration of remote sensing data with other geospatial information and derives analysis-ready geospatial information products for the specific purposes and disciplines through the design and application of processing workflows and corrections; Tracking and reporting on progress regarding Division-specific geospatial information initiatives;  Supporting the design and building of geospatial applications (including dashboards, web map services or other tools to summarize findings and use cases to management and clients) using UNFPA’s enterprise geospatial infrastructure (Esri ArcGIS-based);  Maintaining the geospatial applications (including any dashboards, web map services, analytical applications), other spatial data infrastructure and development tools using latest available geospatial technology;  Documenting methods used, writes technical reports, contributes to knowledge sharing or capacity strengthening in his/her domain and promotes geospatial information products related to service access;  Carrying out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.

Qualifications and Experience: 


Advanced university degree required; Studies in geography, geospatial information and analysis, public health, or related geo-sciences is an advantage

Knowledge and Experience: 

2 years of experience in geospatial science, demography and health data, statistics, or information management;  Ability to write clearly and concisely;  Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members from different national and cultural backgrounds;  Prior experience in developing countries is an asset. 


Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages is an asset.

Required Competencies: 


Exemplifying integrity,  Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,  Embracing cultural diversity,  Embracing change

Core Competencies: 

Achieving results, Being accountable, Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen, Thinking analytically and strategically, Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships Communicating for impact

Functional Competencies:

Ability to support data gathering and processing for geospatial analysis of UNFPA core indicators  Understanding of key themes and country use-cases for in-depth geospatial data analytics Ability to track and report on progress regarding Division-specific geospatial information initiatives Understanding of integration of remote sensing data with other geospatial information and derives analysis-ready geospatial information products 

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.

UNFPA Work Environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, diversity, integrity and healthy work-life balance. We are committed to ensuring gender parity in the organization and therefore encourage women to apply. Individuals from the LGBTQIA+ community, minority ethnic groups, indigenous populations, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities in terms of appointment, training, compensation and selection for all regardless of personal characteristics and dimensions of diversity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is at the heart of UNFPA's workforce - click to learn more.


Selection and appointment may be subject to background and reference checks, medical clearance, visa issuance and other administrative requirements. 

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process and does not concern itself with information on applicants' bank accounts. 

Applicants for positions in the international Professional and higher categories, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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