United Nations IT Jobs – National Consultant – Web-GIS Developer at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: FAO Country Representative and Deputy FAO
Country Representative
Vacancy Announcement Number: FRUGA/03/GCP/-Water Addendum
About US:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of
the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to improve nutrition, increase
agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations
and contribute to global economic’ growth. Achieving food security for all is
at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to
enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
Job Summary: The National Consultant – Web-GIS
Developer will provide support in the development of web-GIS tools,
applications and services. The Web-GIS Developer will mainly be responsible for
the design, development and deployment of web-GIS services and products under
the Integrated Water Resource Management in Karamoja Project. The incumbent will
develop a water resources decision support tool and deploy it on the web using
cloud services. The position requires excellent command of web-GIS development
practices and web-map services for tabular and spatial data. The consultant is
expected to work closely with project teams to deliver tailored web-GIS
services to specialized teams, government agencies and District Local
Governments.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Responsible
for the design and development of appropriate user interface and infrastructure
for web based map and GIS services
·        
With
technical and thematic supervision, design, develop and deploy a water
resources decision support tool using cloud services
·        
The
incumbent will deploy, configure and maintain GIS server(s) in the cloud and on
physical machines
·        
Develop
web-based map services using GIS Application Programming Interface (API) for
JavaScript TM
·        
Provide
recommendation for cloud server configuration, purchase, and deployment
·        
Perform
routine maintenance of cloud and physical servers including software configuration
for optimal end use
·        
Publish
web-GIS services using ArcGIS Server ®, GeoServer or other map servers
including open source map and GIS servers
·        
Offer
technical support in the design, development, management and maintenance of relational
database management systems (RBDMS)
·        
Work
closely with project team to ensure quality and timely release of data
products, services and applications
·        
With
technical and thematic supervision, develop innovative web-based project
monitoring tools including the monitoring of natural systems: vegetation growth
and regeneration, soil moisture, rainfall and land use using satellite imagery
and direct measurements
·        
With
technical and thematic supervision, review and document direct and indirect
monitoring procedures including affordability, reliability, relevance and
timeliness
·        
Keenly
review, evaluate and test new commercial and open source web-GIS and web map services
as they become available
·        
Provide
technical support and develop the necessary software for real-time data
collection and transmission using mobile applications
·        
Regularly
review current data holdings, consolidate spatial and tabular data and participate
in data gathering missions
·        
Actively
participate in regular meetings with key partners, stakeholders and end users
of web-GIS services
·        
Participate
in the development of standard operating procedures, data quality assurance and
control protocols
·        
Take
part in the training of end users and project teams on web-GIS and map services
·        
Participate
in the review of developed software system(s), their effectiveness, ease of use
and rate of adoption by end users
·        
Prepare
and submit regular progress reports and contribute to other technical and
administrative reports as needed or required
·        
Participate
in and contribute to the production of information materials, presentations and
seminars
·        
Travel
to project sites for data collection, training or presentation(s) as needed or
required
·        
Perform
any other task related to the design, development and deployment of web-GIS and
map services
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
(FAO) Web-GIS Developer should hold a BS/BA in computer science, software
engineering, math, geography or related field. Graduate degree in computer
science or software engineering, while not a requirement, is highly desirable.
·        
At
least five years’ experience in web design and development including HTML, CSS
and etc.
·        
Three
years of demonstrated experience and excellent command of scripting languages
and technologies and in particular with JavaScript TM
·        
The
applicant should preferably have a year’s experience working with GIS
applications and development of web-GIS and map services
·        
Excellent
command and understanding of JavaScript TM and other web scripting languages
and technologies
·        
Excellent
command and understanding of spatial relational database management systems such
as PostgreSQL/PostGIS, SQL Server, Oracle Spatial and etc.
·        
Previous
experience working with and a sound understanding of Python
·        
Prior
experience working with or developing mobile applications (Android and/or iOS)
·        
Past
exposure and experience working with and demonstrated capability of using Esri
GIS tools with associated programming and scripting
·        
Significant
experience with and understanding of both Windows and Unix based operating
systems
·        
Excellent
analytical, communication and organizational skills
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified Ugandan nationals
are encouraged to send their applications together with detailed curriculum
vitae and copies of certificates in a sealed envelope, quoting Vacancy
Announcement no. addressed to: The Country Representative, Food and Agriculture
Organization in Uganda. The envelopes should be registered at reception and
placed in the box at the reception of the FAO offices at Plot 88 Buganda Road,
Wandegeya, Kampala. Alternatively, you can E-mail your applications to: UG-Registry@fao.org
Note:
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. FAO does not charge applicants
any fees at any stage in the recruitment process.
Deadline: 15th January 2016

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