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Geospatial Analyst, Programme Officer

Vacancy #:   5190
Unit:   Forest Conservation Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Programme Officer, Forest Landscape Restoration
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   09 March 2020
Type of contract:   Max-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   20 November 2019 (extended)
The Global Forest Programme (GFP) is a global thematic programme of the IUCN Secretariat and supports the forest-related activities of the Union. The GFP consists of a global secretariat based at the IUCN Headquarters and out-posted staff in Washington DC, USA. The GFP also directly links to, and supports coordination between a worldwide network of over 50 regional and country level forest officers, enabling it to add value to the work of IUCN members through both field-based and policy-orientated interventions. The GFP is structured to create tangible links between field-based learning and ongoing national and international policy dialogues with a view to catalyzing delivery of tangible results. In this respect, the GFP is an active member of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, The Forests Dialogue and acts as secretariat for the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration. GFPs work is centered on 3 mutually supporting themes of Primary Forests, Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and Locally Controlled Forests. While the GFP’s programme portfolio is designed and implemented around these 3 thematic areas it is also expected to build synergies with IUCN’s core work on gender, private sector engagement, economics, ecosystem based adaptation and protected areas. Most of GFP’s activities are delivered jointly with IUCN members, regional programmes and scientific expert commissions. The Bonn Challenge Barometer is a flagship IUCN tool to support countries in assessing and reporting on actions taken on restoration under the Bonn Challenge, commitments to the UNFCCC and the CBD. 2017-2018 was a period of development and pilot application of the Barometer. IUCN is now working on an expanded mandate to apply the framework and support multiple new jurisdictions in using the Barometer to report on progress made towards their restoration goals. The Programme Officer will work to support this expansion in the mandate and regions of application of the Barometer, and support /drive its evolution and continued development.


This position will either be based in Washington DC, USA or in Gland, Switzerland.

1. Programme Implementation
1. Consolidate and manage the Barometer database containing spatially-explicit data that represent current restoration projects and/or priority areas for Forest Landscape Restoration submitted by pledgers during the application of the Barometer in countries. The Programme Officer will contribute to the development of IUCN standards on geospatial data and information and make sure all and each data is consistently organized. The geospatial scientist will work on acquiring, processing, managing, analysing, exploiting and transforming geospatial data.
2. Design, create and deploy remote sensing data analytics workflows and data visualization using a combination of Google Earth Engine, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online or any other existing and appropriate solutions. This include the implementation of GIS data services (maps services, image services) using ArcGIS Online, and creation of Earth Engine assets and KML files using Google Earth Engine. The Programme Officer will be responsible for creating and deploying cloud-computing web-based applications for geospatial data analytics, and integrating data outputs from other streams of IUCN work into the Barometer database and online tool.
3. Perform complex Geospatial analysis to develop map products and data dashboards that integrate large quantities of complex data, and provide context and insights relevant to tracking progress towards the Bonn Challenge at different temporal and spatial scales;
4. Support the implementation of the Barometer tool: through support to ongoing pilot countries, AFR 100 countries, day-to-day project management, and work with the Senior Programme Coordinator to maintain technical oversight and quality control over the geospatial data collection, collation, analyses and visualization aspects.
5. Administer the Barometer online portal on a day-to-day basis, working with the development team and the Senior Programme Coordinator. This requires entry-level website administration skills and experience with Drupal or another Content Management System (CMS).
6. Under the guidance of the Senior Programme Coordinator, work to integrate third party datasets and/or products relevant to restoration monitoring, visualizing FLR efforts in a spatially-explicit context, and for assessing the impact of restoration on biodiversity conservation and other ecosystem services’ benefits. Work with the Barometer team to develop further an initial conceptual framework for IUCN to support biophysical monitoring of restoration sites, efficiently integrating the identified potential collaborations on geospatial data, science, and technology.
7. Support the development and write- up of the assessment report of all Bonn Challenge pledgers either through rapid assessment reports for a subset of Bonn Challenge countries, following up from the 2018 rapid application, or through in-depth application based on existing and new projects starting in 2019/2020.
8. Support the Forest team with analyses of geospatial data on a case-by-case basis, and support the management of consultants and relations with regional staff working on applying the Barometer as needed.
9. Engage more broadly within IUCN’s Nature Based Solutions’ group to support, exchange information and integration where relevant, with M&E team, and with other teams within IUCN.


• Interest in and ability to apply technical skills to real world problems, particularly as they pertain to landscape approaches, conservation and restoration in the context of sustainable development and environmental sustainability.
• Experience working with JavaScript for geospatial applications (e.g. Google Earth Engine JavaScript API, OpenLayers, CartoDB, MapBox, Esri JavaScript API).
•Demonstrated experience with python geospatial data structures (e.g. GeoJSON),
and with the use of python for geospatial data processing, analysis and workflow optimization (e.g. Anaconda, Jupiter Notebooks, Google Earth Engine Python API, Pandas)
• Demonstrated experience prototyping and deploying web-GIS applications using JavaScript and python programming languages;
• Experience using and developing geospatial, mapping, and administrative functionalities through web services that are exposed through REST APIs;
• Experience with CMS, creating and updating content, and basic website administration skills.
• Demonstrated ability to provide advice and work with multidisciplinary teams.
• Diplomacy, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to take initiative, follow through and deliver a high standard of work
• At least 3 years’ experience of field-based delivery and project management.
• Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
• Well-organized and logical in thought and action. Enthusiasm, commitment and integrity, characterized by:
• A commitment to nature conservation and sustainable development.
• Unimpeachable integrity as evidenced by behavior, communication style and way of handling ambiguous or difficult situations.
• Proven ability to effectively motivate and collaborate with colleagues and clients.
• Clear commitment to embracing and contributing to a culture of high performance and accountability.
• Demonstrated commitment to working within teams diverse in gender, nationality and background to achieve business results.
• A well-developed sense of self-awareness with an ability to proactively manage one’s own strengths and weaknesses and understand how these influence the performance and motivation of other colleagues.
• Ability and commitment to act in accordance with the core values of integrity, respect for diversity and professionalism as spelled out in IUCN’s Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics. Commitment to accountable and high quality delivery
• A clear and unambiguous work ethic that understands the necessity of, and demonstrates willingness to adhere to, institutional procedures and standards
• A clear sense of institutional propriety with respect to accountability and transparency at both the individual and team level
• An enthusiasm for and commitment to understanding and contributing to tangible, equitable and durable change processes in the field of conservation and sustainable development
  • PhD in environmental sciences, forestry or geography with remote sensing and spatial data management expertise is highly desirable and 3-5 years’ experience of field-based delivery and project support using geospatial analytics.

• Masters with 7-10 years of significant experience in these areas will also be considered.

• A track-record of publications and quantitative analysis reflecting years of experience is required.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to communicate complex issues to a wide range of audiences.

• A second language: Portuguese, Spanish or French is highly desirable.

• Ability to travel frequently.

• Track record of working effectively in a multicultural and diverse environment with colleagues at all levels.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 100'355 to CHF 125'444, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organizations hosted by IUCN.

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