Project Technical Officer / GIS Expert, Geneva

Organization: International Labour Organization (ILO)

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: ILO HQ Geneva

Grade: P-2

Closing date: Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Grade: P2

Vacancy no.: DC/EMPLOYMENT/P/2020/7

Publication date: 25 August 2020

Application deadline (midnight Geneva time): 8 September 2020

Job ID: 4236

Department: EMPLOYMENT

Organization Unit: DEVINVEST

Location: Geneva

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract duration: One year

Under article

2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.

In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the present vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their candidature online by the above date.

Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

The following are eligible to apply:

ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.

External candidates.


The position is located in the Development and Investment Branch (DEVINVEST) within the Employment Policy Department (EMPLOYMENT). EMPLOYMENT is responsible for promoting full and productive employment by developing integrated employment, development and skills policies that maximize the employment impact of economic growth, investment and development, and which are inclusive, gender sensitive, productive and sustainable.

The economic trajectory of African countries can be described as following a jobless growth pattern. Many African countries have displayed high growth performances over the past decade. However, economic growth did not necessarily materialize into more and better jobs for the population. For that reason, job creation is an integral part of African Union’s Agenda 2063.

For that reason, employment creation is at the centre of the European Union Africa Strategy launched in March 2020. The Africa Strategy builds on the Africa-EU Alliance on Investment and Jobs launched in 2018. The Africa-EU Alliance seeks to leverage private investment in Africa, in partnership with International Financial Institutions (IFI), with a focus on decent job creation.

Realizing that employment outcomes differ between investment opportunities and local characteristics, the objective of this project is to assist the European Commission and partner countries in assessing the employment effects of supported investment and flagship development programmes in Africa.

One area of work of the project is to mobilize GIS database and to develop GIS based analysis to support the employment impact assessment of the European Union in Africa.

The project will recruit a scientist with a GIS background to develop the activities of the project related to GIS and employment impact assessments. The project is a 4 years project.

Reporting lines

The GIS expert / technical officer will report to the Chief Technical Advisor / Project Manager in the Development and Investment (DEVINVEST) Branch, Employment Policy Department and perform his duties in full collaboration with the Senior Coordinator, Structural Transformation and under the overall supervision of the Chief of DEVINVEST.

Description of Duties

The geographic application of the following work is sub-Saharan Africa. The technical officer will take leadership on two main areas : i) mobilize relevant GIS data for the purpose of employment impact assessment ii) Process these data to analyse the impact on social outcomes, local economic growth and local labour market.

1. GIS work

Develop GIS tools in relation to road accessibility in Africa by identifying existing database, developing methodologies to map road construction in Africa and measure population access to road.

Develop tools to measure local economic growth by mobilizing remote sensing methodologies in particular nightlight satellite images. Write routines to automatically process large database (python)

Develop methodologies to delineate metropolitan areas and mobilize census data to measure population and employment within administrative entities.

Build geographic variable for the purpose of economic /urban analysis

2. Analyses of GIS data and economic / employment outcomes in relation with

Public investment in road infrastructure

Development partners‘ projects and financial institutions‘ investments

Monitoring of economic recovery after COVID-19 using remote sensing data (DMSP/VIIRS images)


Refugee settlements

Required qualifications


University degree in in geographic information system or in relevant social sciences, geography, economic geography, environmental studies. An Advanced university degree would be an advantage.


At least 3 years of professional experience in the field of geographic information system, including 2 years at the international level.


Excellent command of English.


Demonstrated experience with geographic information system.

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Ability to mobilize GIS tools to perform analysis on economic and social outcomes.

Ability to identify the needs of stakeholders and good ability to design and implement solutions.

Ability to provide technical advice and to guide and coordinate the work of external collaborators, general service staff and young professionals in the area of specialization.

Ability to conceptualise and design research techniques and analyse cross-national practices and data sets covering a wide range of issues in the specialized technical field.

Ability to formulate new concepts and methodologies.

Ability to draft reports and prepare guidelines relating to programme development and implementation.

Ability to provide technical support to senior specialists, carrying out research, project formulation and implementation.

Excellent analytical skills and knowledge of analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Good computer skills.

Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team.

Ability to carry out assignments in accordance with instructions and guidelines.

Ability to use analytical tools and qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Ability to work in a multicultural environment and gender-sensitive behaviour and attitudes are also required.

Conditions of employment

Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to ILO Staff Regulations and other relevant internal rules. Any offer of employment with the ILO is conditional upon certification by the ILO Medical Adviser that the person concerned is medically fit to perform the specific inherent requirements of the position offered. In order to confirm an offer from the ILO the successful candidate will be required to undergo a medical examination.

Any extension of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.

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Recruitment process

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