INTERN – GIS and Remote Sensing [Temporary]
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The intern will be part of the Illicit Crop Monitoring Programme (ICMP) at UNODC Headquarters, Vienna, Austria. The ICMP is located in the Programme Management and Development Unit (PDMU), Research and Analysis Branch (RAB), Division of Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA). ICMP promotes the development and maintenance of
a global network of illicit crop monitoring systems in coca and opium poppy cultivating countries. ICMP provides overall coordination and technical support to annual illicit crop surveys at the country level and monitors the socio-economic conditions of households that are living in areas with illicit crop cultivation and/or areas where illicit crops
have been replaced by alternative development initiatives. For this purpose, it conducts research on alternative development, develops new survey initiatives, analyses and validates survey results and publishes survey reports.
The ICMP internship is for three months starting in April/May 2023 with an opportunity for extension, subject to the need of the office and the availability of the intern.
Internships with Offices of the United Nations Secretariat are UNPAID and full-time, i.e., 5 days per week (40 hours).
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- Support the development of automated tools for remote sensing and geospatial data analysis through cloud-based platforms such us Google Earth Engine and/or Microsoft Planetary Computer.
- Assist in the management, analysis and quality control of geospatial and RS data related to illicit crop monitoring.
- Research on remote sensing application for yield forecast (e.g., Sen2Agri).
- Liaise with Universities, research centers, UN networks for cooperating in remote sensing related research.
- Assist in presenting results in reports, graphs, tables and maps, as well as assist in report writing and in preparing presentations on the key findings of the research.
- Assist in the analysis and visualization of geospatial data including remote sensing data.
- Keep abreast of innovative technologies in the field of remote sensing and GIS.
- Perform other tasks related to the implementation of the programme, as requested.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, exhibits interest in having two-way communication, tailors’ language, tone, style and format to match audience, demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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.
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.
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.
- Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: (a) be enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in, or have completed, the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor’s level or equivalent). (OFFICIAL WRITTEN PROOF FROM THE UNIVERSITY SUPPORTING ONE OF THE ABOVE POSSIBILITIES MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE INSPIRA APPLICATION);
- Studies/Degree in the field of remote sensing, geography, agricultural sciences, environmental science, statistics, development studies, or related field.
- Knowledge of remote sensing theory, principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data, and statistical/analytical skills are required.
- Familiarity with machine learning techniques for modelling geospatial and RS data is desirable.
- Be computer literate in standard software applications; working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Power Point is required. Practical experience with GIS and RS software (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS) and with cloud based platform (e.g., Earth Engine) is required. Knowledge of a programming language (e.g. Python) is desirable. Knowledge of web mapping applications is desirable.
- Applicants must have a keen demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter.
- Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which includes willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. The interns should also have a keen interest in the countries covered by the illicit crop monitoring programme, including Afghanistan, Bolivia, Colombia, Lao PDR, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria and Peru.
No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English, i.e. oral and written proficiency is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Potential candidates will be contacted by the hiring manager for further assessment.
A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The Cover Note must include:
- The Degree Programme and the name of the University (What are you currently studying?)
- The Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
- A 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.
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