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GIS specialist

Vacancy #:   5737
Unit:   Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Organisation:   The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar)
Location:   Dominican Republic Project Office, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Reporting to:   Senior Regional Advisor for the Americas
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   16 October 2021
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   20 September 2021 (extended)
The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetland biodiversity and services. It was the first of the modern global multilateral environmental agreements and remains the only one devoted to a specific critical ecosystem. The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands has its headquarters in Gland, Switzerland where the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), provides some administrative services to the Convention’s Secretariat for the operations and implementation of the Convention.

The Secretariat provides technical and policy advice to the Contracting Parties to the Convention in the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2016-2024. The Insular Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world with respect to exposure to the effects of climate change and to natural hazards. To support Contracting Parties to improve the conservation and wise use of Caribbean wetlands the project “Wise Use of Caribbean Wetlands for Climate Change Mitigation and Conservation of their Ecosystem Services” will be implemented to strengthen Caribbean countries’ resilience and adaptability to climate change. The project involves the assessment of ecosystem services and the vulnerability of Ramsar Sites to climate change and their subsequent monitoring and capacity building of all major stakeholders on the values of coastal wetlands.

Under the supervision of the project coordinator, the geographic information system specialist will lead the component of GIS of the project.
The geographic information system specialist will ensure compliance with project commitments, supporting the delivery of quality reports and compliance with performance indicators on the components of GIS of the project.

Scope of responsibilities
1. Lead the component of GIS of the project.
2. Review, collect and process the data on Caribbean Ramsar Sites available in the Ramsar Sites Information Service and digitize mapping and data according to the outputs and outcomes the components on climate, change, ecosystem services, effectiveness assessment and integrated coastal zone management of the project.
3. Support the assessment on the status and vulnerability of Ramsar Sites to climate change and the development of early warning system by using GIS.
4. Process the information and data, and produce GIS maps and other attributed data to identify priority sites for climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as biodiversity conservation, Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Maritime Spatial Planning in Ramsar Sites and the development of the Ramsar Site monitoring programme.
5. Support the preparation of regional and national workshops and training of relevant authorities to build capacities on ecosystem services and climate change, Ramsar Site management and ICZM.
6. Support the preparation of side events in global forums according to the events schedule of the project.
7. Observe project management procedures/techniques in order to facilitate project implementation and ensure delivery of high quality outcomes in the component of GIS of the project.
8. Support the preparation of dissemination materials (flyers, booklets and reports) on the component of GIS according to the outputs and outcomes of the project.
9. Provide support to the design and development of knowledge products related to GIS of the project.
10. Produce project progress reports in English and Spanish according to the outputs and the time frames of reporting on the component of GIS.
11. Report regularly to the supervisor on the progress of the implementation of the component of GIS.
12. Carry out other duties as required by the supervisor
  • •Master’s Degree/Academic level in geographic information system (GIS)/remote sensing.

• •At least five years in the use of GIS programs and remote sensing including digitizing mapping and data, preferably in water management or a related field

• •Experience having undertaken a similar project/consultancies is also desirable.

• •Experience working with multisectorial and multistakeholder level (senior government officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities).

• •Excellent interpersonal skills and strong ability to work efficiently, and proactively as part of a small team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder approaches.

• •Problem solving, creativity, initiative and innovation.

• •Ability for interpersonal relationships and team work.

• •Facility to perform tasks in an organized manner and in adherence to internal policies and procedures.

• •Applicants will need to demonstrate ability to work with persons from different cultural and professional backgrounds.

• Willingness to travel at national level and internationally, whenever required

• •Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish.

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