Geospatial Specialist, Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Friday, 26 February 2021


Geospatial Specialist

Job Posting: 12/Feb/2021

Closure Date: 26/Feb/2021, 10:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : NFO

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant / PSA (Personal Services Agreement)

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Up to 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

Organizational Setting

The Forestry Division (NFO) leads FAO’s work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues, and strengthens the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Division also collects, analyses and disseminates information on the world’s forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood and non-wood forest products.

The post is located in the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Team.

As part of the global assessment activities the FRA team assists selected countries to generate better information about their forest resources using Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing (RS) data and tools. This is achieved through a series of capacity development workshops and targeted support in selected countries.

Reporting Lines

The Geospatial Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the NFO Director, the technical supervision of the FRA Senior Forestry Officer/Team Leader and in close collaboration with the FRA team and RS specialists in other FAO units.

Technical Focus

Provision of technical advice or expertise for: (i) compilation and data analysis; (ii) RS capacity development workshops in selected countries; and (iii) support the FRA team with report preparation and data analysis.

Tasks and responsibilities

Support the FRA Remote Sensing Survey (RSS) implementation:

Support preparation of Collect Earth and Collect Earth Online surveys for national and regional data collection

Support the organization of virtual RSS workshops

Collect global FRA RSS samples

Support collection and analysis of remote sensing data for the FRA RSS

Conduct quality control of data collected for the FRA RSS

Contribute to the drafting of FRA working papers on the FRA RSS methodology

Support other FRA RSS activities as required.

Capacity Development

Support the development of the FRA RSS training exercises and other materials for the national and regional workshops

Support the organization of the FRA RSS capacity development workshops and carry out training activities in selected countries

Support the preparation, review and translation of manuals, tutorials and other training material for the FRA RSS.

Support the development of geospatial tools for data visualization and analysis

Support the development of the user-friendly geospatial tools

Support the integration of the geospatial tools into FRA on-line data entry, analysis, reporting and dissemination platform

Support the documentation of the geospatial tools

Other support to the FRA team

Produce content for FRA website (texts, maps, figures, etc.), documents and communication materials as requested

Assist the FRA team with the preparation of ready-made slides/presentations related to the FRA Programme

Perform other related duties as required


Minimum Requirements

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University degree (for Consultants) or relevant educational background (for PSAs) in Agricultural Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Management, Geography, IT Engineering, Professional Software Engineer or closely related discipline

Minimum 1 year of relevant experience in research, compilation and analysis of RS and field data in corporate environment and/or international NGOs

Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) for Consultants; working knowledge of English for PSAs.

FAO Core Competencies

Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Work experience in Collect Earth Online

Extent and relevance of work experience in applying GIS and RS for forest and land cover/land use assessments

RS capacity development of national and international experts

Familiarity with different satellite imagery products and their processing

Familiar with landscape ecology and vegetation description

Relevance of experience in different geographical areas

Familiarity with the FRA process

Ability to operate effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships

Sound oral and written communication skills in at least two UN languages

Ability to work under pressure and availability to travel to developing or transition countries.

Selection Criteria

Relevance of working experience

Performance in the interview

Languages spoken

Academic qualifications.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


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