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GIS Specialist (International Consultant)
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||01-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Timor-Leste is highly vulnerable to climate changes, particularly increasing variability of rainfall and extreme weather events. Lives and livelihoods in the remote interior of the country and coastal regions are both highly exposed. Impacts of intensified extreme events include damage and degradation of decentralized small-scale critical infrastructure, particularly water supply and drainage structures, embankments, and feeder roads and bridges. Damages leave rural populations isolated, lacking basic services. In response to this challenge, in 2019, the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) with the support of UNDP received funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to implement the “Safeguarding rural communities and their physical assets from climate-induced disasters in Timor-Leste” project from 2020 to 2026. The project is represented by the Secretariat of State of Environment (SEA), under the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, as the Implementing Partner with the main responsible parties/ministries being the Ministry of State Administration, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Public Works and the Secretary of State for Civil Protection.
The objective of the project is to safeguard vulnerable communities and their physical assets from climate change-induced disasters. It aims to address existing institutional, financial and legislative barriers, increasing the climate resilience of vulnerable small-scale rural infrastructure. The project targets 175,840 direct beneficiaries, an estimated 15% of the total population. Benefits include increased climate resilience for small-scale infrastructure as well as 300 ha of reforested and rehabilitated land to buffer against climate-induced disasters.
This will be achieved by delivering the following results:
The project is supporting the ongoing decentralized investment frameworks which is administered through the Municipality Development Investment Program (PDIM) and National Suco Development Plan (PNDS) processes, by embedding the knowledge of climate risks and skills of climate-proofing design, construction, operation, and maintenance of rural infrastructure. Through the project, local authorities’ capacity for climate-risk informed development of long-term investment plans will be enhanced, thereby strengthening de-centralized decision-making.
The project will support the development of the spatial data infrastructure (SDI)/ establishment of the GIS laboratory in collaboration with the Secretary of State for Civil Protection (SSCP). In terms of the components of the SDI, these include the policies and institutional arrangements (governance, data privacy, and security, data sharing arrangements), people (training, capacity development, and cooperation), data (digital base map, place names, etc.) and the technology (hardware, software, networks, databases, technical implementation plans). The project will collaborate closely with the SSCP and relevant partners to provide the technical assistance and support related to the establishment of the SDI and its key components. This will be complemented with the relevant training to selected participants at both the national and municipality levels that will be conducted on data management and analysis and data management standards and protocols will be introduced. Data sharing protocols are expected to be established among relevant Directorates and Ministries holding relevant data resources.
Duties and Responsibilities
The international consultant (GIS Specialist) will work under the overall supervision and guidance of the CTA and collaborate closely with the National Project Manager and engaged national and international experts and relevant national institutions to spearhead the establishment of the spatial data infrastructure (SDI)/GIS system within the Secretary of State for Civil Protection (SSCP) in coordination and collaboration with the Secretary of State for the Environment and the other Responsible Parties to the project, relevant government institutions, UN Agencies, the project team, UNDP CO and academia.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Communication and Networking:
Required Skills and Experience
Interested applicants are mandatory to apply online through https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=97710. Supporting documents/filled templates to be submitted along with the applications are following, and those templates can be download from https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=76457.
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