Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

National Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.
  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background, and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations, and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality
  • The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization
Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The European Union (EU) has established the Cambodia Programme for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector (CAPFISH). The overall objective of the CAPFISH Programme is to support the Royal Government of Cambodia in the achievement of its long-term vision of social and economic development, food security and poverty reduction as initiated with the Deep Fisheries Reforms and laid down in the National Strategic Development Plan. The Programme is structured in two components: one on aquaculture (i.e. CAPFISH-Aquaculture, adopted in 2016, EUR 30 million) and one on capture fisheries (i.e. CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries, adopted in 2019, EUR 92.7 million).

The stated objective of the capture fisheries component of the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme is for Cambodia to have sustainable capture fisheries, contributing to food security and poverty reduction. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme comprises three interrelated pillars: 1. fisheries management and conservation; 2. post-harvest and trade; and 3. improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods. The CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme functions through direct Budgetary Support to the Royal Government of Cambodia Fisheries Administration (FiA) and by Complementary Support provided through the FAO (fisheries management and conservation pillar), UNIDO (post-harvest and trade pillar) and NGOs and Civil Society Organisations (improvement and diversification of fisheries communities' livelihoods pillar).

This Complementary Support project (FAO-CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries) supports the fisheries conservation and management pillar within the CAPFISH-Capture Fisheries Programme. The specific outcome that the project will work to achieve within its timeframe and resources is improved capacity to strengthen fisheries management at the community, district/provincial, and national levels.

Reporting Lines

The National Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist reports directly to the Chief Technical Advisor (Team Leader), under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Cambodia. He/she will work in coordination with the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and the Technical Assistance Team (TAT).

Technical Focus

Under output 2 of this project (Improved ecosystem restoration, protection and conservation), the National Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist will work in close collaboration with the Fisheries Administration (FiA) of the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), its Cantonments (FiAC) and other Government agencies to strengthen FiA’s overall internal capacity in using GIS software, remote sensing and Mapping tools for habitat monitoring. Specifically, he will perform the tasks listed below.

Tasks and responsibilities

The National Remote Sensing and GIS Specialist: • Work with the project TAT team and FiA to develop and implement annual integrated workplans aligned to the FiA, FiAC annual workplans and in relation to remote sensing and GIS; • Support FiA and FiAC in undertaking a capacity needs assessment of staff at all levels and the preparation and implementation of Capacity Development plan for remote assessment and GIS; • Develop and deliver specific training modules to address needs in FiAC and FiA in GIS and remote monitoring; • Support FiA in the development and strengthening of a team to support mapping, GIS and other needs across FiA and FiAC.; • Strengthen FiA’s internal capacity to use GIS and mapping tools to monitor the status of key aquatic ecosystems and the effectiveness of protection and restoration activities, including coral reefs, sea-grass and inundated forests and mangroves; • Advise FiA on integration of GIS with national fisheries information management system and other databases; • Assist FiA in the development of guidelines such as demarcation, monitoring, spatial planning; • Support FiA in the development of integrated natural Resource Management plans and/or integrated spatial plans; • Assist in planning for and implementing consultations and workshop related to mapping, GIS and remote sensing; • Participate in the Technical Working groups (TWGFi) and support FiA in the facilitation of workshops and meetings as required; • Work closely with the project gender and child labour mainstreaming team to assist FiA and relevant stakeholders on integration of gender equality, indigenous people and youth and child labour issues into workplans; • Work with the project communication and visibility expert, providing content when required, on the development and dissemination of communication, visibility and advocacy materials ; • Support FiAC and the project ‘provincial Capacity Building teams through training and awareness raising in relation to mapping, GIS and remote sensing; • Support project and FiA monitoring and evaluation activities including the establishment of baselines, progress reporting and work planning in relation to mapping, GIS and remote sensing; • Perform other relevant duties, including support to other international and national consultants as requested by FAO.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced university Degree in a discipline related to GIS, remote sensing, cartography, spatial planning, geography; • At least 7 years’ experience in mapping, GIS, remote sensing; • Working knowledge of English and Khmer; • National of Cambodia FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus • Teamwork • Communication • Building Effective Relationships • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement Technical/Functional Skills

• Experience using GIS and remote sensing tools applied to Natural Resources Management • Extent of experience in building capacity of government staff (or other stakeholders) on the use of GIS and remote sensing tools for monitoring, mapping and spatial data Analysis • Experience on database management and statistics will be considered an asset • Proficiency in the use of GIS and remote sensing software and applications, and in the use of standard office software such as MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Exchange) • Extent of experience in providing advice to national or international bodies 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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