Vacancy for SPECIALIST – P3 (FIXED-TERM) in in Bangkok, Thailand





The position is located at the UNITAR office in Bangkok.  The Specialist works under the supervision of the Senior Specialist in charge of Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience Section, and will work in close coordination with other Senior Specialists and experts within the Programme.


Within delegated authority, the Specialist will support the programme by:

  • Acting as the regional liaison and focal point for UNOSAT in the Asia/Pacific region to improve awareness and increase project activities in the region by representing the Programme in all relevant fora and actively promote its expertise to national, regional and international organizations operating in Asia/Pacific region; contributing to fund-raising for the Programme by identifying potential projects and activities and develop proposal for funding; carrying out missions to the region and externally to promote the Programme, and learn from other initiatives; writing monthly activity reports to the P4 Senior Specialist in charge of the Section and identifying priority actions for ongoing activities and new project potential. Engage with media when relevant following internal procedures;
  • Ensuring implementation and reporting of capacity development project to enhance both individual and institutional capacities in the use of Geospatial Information Technology by organizing, implementing and contributing to training events, workshops, daily running of project activities, project reporting, preparation of training material, outreach, publication of news stories, printing of material, carrying out missions as needed for the successful delivery of activities;
  • Contributing to UNOSAT mapping activities by promoting UNOSAT rapid mapping service and procedures for activation of the service; develop in close collaboration with UNOSAT Manager and Section’s coordinator, institutional collaborations and partner networks in Asia and Pacific Region to increase awareness and operational use of the UNOSAT Rapid Mapping Service; ensure targeted and wide distribution of UNOSAT mapping products to all relevant actors in the region and support the potential establishment of joint mapping activities with regional partners; being able to deploy to field missions in the region in support to mapping activities following major disaster events;
  • Contributing to generating additional research studies and other activitiesincluding environmental, humanitarian and human security oriented regional initiatives with national and international partners by attending relevant forum and inter-agency initiatives ; pro-actively targeting potential partners and donors interested to support UNOSAT activities by exploring potential for new services and project activities along with new possible funding opportunities;
  • Performing other duties as may be required.


Within UNITAR: Director For the Division of Satellite Applications and Applied Research, UNOSAT Manager, Senior Specialist in charge of Strategic Planning and Coordination, Communication and Information Technologies Support Section:

Outside UNITAR: Officers and technical staff in relevant UN Secretariat units and in UN funds, programmes and other UN specialized agencies, as well as representatives and officials in other international organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, consultants, and other areas of civil society. Representatives and officials in Ministries, national and local governments.


The work of the Specialist is of strategic importance to the Programme and will have direct impact on the Programme in following areas, in order of importance (a) UNOSAT training and related regional and in-country capacity development activities; (b) partnerships and collaborations with key institutions in the region; (c) increase programme visibility through outreach activities to inform of full range of UNOSAT expertise to related actors, including beneficiaries, donors and media in the region; (d) promote in-field data collection and crowdsourcing tools.


  • Professionalism:  Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the use of Earth Observation (EO) and Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) for humanitarian and development affairs. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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; is able to coordinate effectively teams composed of various colleagues working on a specific task; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; very good inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to deal with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds, and proven ability to function in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Planning & Organizing:  Based on the guidance received from the P4 Senior Specialist, develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments with minimal supervision; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time and resources efficiently.
  • Accountability: Acts in full consultation and in compliance with instructions from the supervisor and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; is accountable and trustworthy on administrative and financial matters requiring professional discretion and restraint; honors commitments by delivering outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports colleagues and takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and shares successes with the team where applicable.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development; understands applicability and limitations of Earth Observation (EO) and Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) for humanitarian affairs, crisis response, prevention and recovery, development cooperation, international affairs, and  environmental issues; sound understanding of satellite technologies and their applications to the areas mentioned before; good understanding of satellite imagery/data commercial distribution and licensing systems; possess good knowledge of technicalities of earth observation and satellite data; shows willingness to learn new technology applications.
  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Minimum experience: 5


Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in geography, environment, engineering, or other equivalent related technical field.

Experience: A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience at the international level in the field of Geospatial Information Technology applications for emergency response, disaster risk reduction, including satellite imagery analysis and training & capacity development is required for this position.

Languages: Fluency in English is required.


UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of UNITAR. Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

UNITAR staff members are subject to the authority of the UNITAR Executive Director and their appointments are limited to service with the Institute.


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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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

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 Staff Regulations and Rules and UNITAR administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications 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.




All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

A letter of motivation as well as the P11 form are to be sent at:

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.