Intern – Geospatial Information Management – ACS/GIMS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia At Economic Commission for Africa


Closing date: Monday, 5 June 2023

Posting Title: INTERN – Geospatial Information Management – ACS/GIMS

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 23 May 2023 – 06 June 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Economic Commission for Africa-209736-Consultant

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of ServiceCandidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage. Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Work LocationAddis Ababa

Expected durationThree months with a possibility for extension depending on the needs of the Sub-Programme.

Duties andResponsibilities

Special Notice A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The Cover Note must include:

  •  Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
  •  Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
  •  List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
  •  List your top three areas of interest.
  •  Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
  •  Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme. In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. Organisational Setting and Reporting The Geospatial information Management Section (GiMS) of the African Centre for Statistics of ECA is seeking for an intern on geospatial information science and technology. The internship is for three months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the programme. The internship is UNPAID and full-time. Interns work for five days per week (35 hours) under overall guidance of the Chief, GiMS and the direct supervision of the Senior geospatial information officers of GiMS and other members of the Section. Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the Communication Officer and the overall guidance of Chief, GiMS and the direct supervision of the Senior geospatial information officers, the selected intern will undertake the following assignments and support the accomplishment of the related tasks, including generating related write-ups and story lines. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  •  Undertake research and activities in support of programmes/projects ongoing in the team.
  •  Support the GiMS Section with reviews including compiling critical information on key studies, project results and impacts; in particular the use of Earth Observation to delineate and incorporate urbanization spatial patterns and socio-infrastructure into a GIS database, assess African urban sprawls, etc.
  •  Prepare case studies, technical analyses, compiling statistics etc. for publications including scientific journals, newsletters, pamphlets, and communication material etc.
  •  Support the development of databases of ongoing projects on geodetic reference frame, national spatial data infrastructures, etc. and updating them with information from projects including results achieved, pictures, videos, news articles;
  •  Appraise the common standards and metadata that would make statistical and geospatial information more useable and more relevant to a wider range of stakeholders.
  •  Identify some of the best practices and experiences, and outline the guiding principles for adopting common standards in the mapping practices in Africa.
  •  Provide support to the organization of regional meetings and other geo-related events organized by ECA (UN-GGIM Session, Expert Groups meetings, etc)
  •  Assist in drafting and preparing official documents
  •  Working on geoportal development
  •  Perform any other duties as requested Competencies Communication:
  •  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  •  Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
  •  Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
  •  Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  •  Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed Teamwork:
  •  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  •  Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others Places team agenda before personal agenda-Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
  •  Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings Client Orientation:
  •  Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view
  •  Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect
  •  Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
  •  Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems -Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
  •  -Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client Creativity:
  •  Actively seeks to improve programmes or services;
  •  Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs;
  •  Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas;
  •  Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”;
  •  Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things;
  •  Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Qualifications/special skillsTo qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation. Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted. Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme. To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working Languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of the other is an advantage.

No FeeTHE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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