Geographic Information Officer

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The United Nations is hiring a Geographic Information Officer.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC). CNMC was established by the United Nations to facilitate the implementation of the 10 October 2002 decision of the International Court of Justice on the Cameroon-Nigeria boundary dispute. The mandate of the Commission includes supporting the demarcation of the land boundary and the delineation of the maritime boundary, facilitating the withdrawal and transfer of authority in the Lake Chad area, along the land boundary and in the Bakassi peninsula, addressing the situation of affected populations and making recommendations on confidence-building measures. This post is located in Dakar with a prolonged stay in the field (average six months) along the border of Cameroon and Nigeria to supervise the pillars construction work along the land boundary.


Under the supervision of the CNMC Program Manager, the incumbent will, within assigned authority, be responsible of the following tasks:

  • Coordinates the timely preparation, maintenance and provision of geospatial information and maps in support of the CNMC’s operations; Oversees the collection, processing, evaluation and dissemination of geospatial data; Supervises geospatial/terrain analysis studies and prediction of the effects of terrain, weather and situation on the boarders’ operations; Monitors and ensures quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures on all products generated and disseminated by the CNMC, including geospatial data and maps.
  • Provide support to counterparts in CNMC parties, UN agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the host nation on collection and sharing of geospatial data; Undertakes the timely exchange of geospatial information between the CNMC and the Cartographic unit of the Department of Field Support; Undertakes day-to-day geospatial operation matters between the CNMC and the Geospatial Information Section of the UN Global Service Centre (UNGSC).
  • Manages the Technical Monitoring Team (TMT) supervising the boundary pillars construction work along the Cameroon-Nigeria Boundary line; Provides technical support to the pillar emplacement project and act as project resident engineer in the field , working with the contractor in resolving all technical problems on the ground. Participates in preparation of final boundary mapping project document
  • Develops and conducts geospatial information training and education programs for CNMC staff and/or experts; Participates in mission start-up and other field work as required; Performs other duties as required.

Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Advanced technical qualifications and broad knowledge of geographic information and its related matters; recognized expertise in the field; ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity to understand geographic information applications for field operations such as UN peacekeeping operations and mapping in general; Solid knowledge of engineering surveying techniques, site construction management, supervision and certification of works is required. Knowledge and exposure to a vast range of surveying methodologies including competence in the use of the latest survey technologies on the market is expected. A demonstrable ability to work under severe physical conditions without guidance and shows impartiality in discharging the expected duties. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • 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.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology. Proficiency in the use of computers and working knowledge of software in particular; ArcGIS, Trimble Business Centre, Autodesk, Trimble Positioning equipment (GNSS), ERDAS Imagine, field navigations, MS Office programs, database.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in geospatial information science, Civil Engineering, Geomatics Engineering, or other disciplines that involve geospatial information related programmes. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two (2) years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of engineering surveying, geospatial information (e.g. International boundary demarcation survey, geospatial information applications, geospatial database management, geospatial/terrain analysis, geodesy, cartography and image processing, GPS and surveying) or related fields is required. Proficiency in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and image processing software is required. Proficiency in the use of professional software ARCGIS, Erdas with solid experience knowledge and experience in development of web mapping applications is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both English and French languages is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This « Recruit from Roster » job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

Closing date : 27 September 2021.

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