Remote Sensing and GIS specialist

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Organizational Setting

The Land and Water Division (NSL) provides strategic direction and coordinates FAO’s work on climate adaptation and mitigation, and the sustainable management of natural resources in order to raise profile, strengthen FAO’s work, and enhance its capacity to address these issues in an effective and coordinated manner, and to contribute to ensuring the corporate environment needed for delivering the Organization's strategic objectives, core functions and organizational results.
Contracts will be based in FAO HQ (or other location) with required travel for field missions, where relevant. 

Reporting Lines

The Consultants will work under the overall technical supervision of the Head of the Geospatial Unit of the Land and Water Division (NSL), in collaboration with IT Service Division (CSI). When activities are carried out in countries, the consultant will be required to work in close collaboration with the FAO Representation in the relevant country of assignment, as well as the relevant FAO regional office.

Technical Focus 

Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing.

Tasks and responsibilities

List of the tasks that the consultant will undertake include: 

  • Technical assessment and identification of the most suitable satellite imagery and geospatial datasets to support the needs of the unit for operational national agricultural monitoring systems, land cover and land use assessments, agro-ecological zoning, ecosystem monitoring, hydrological modeling, watershed assessment and disaster risk reduction; 
  • Support in-country geospatial data preparation for image pre-processing of satellite data, including mosaicking, stacking, atmospheric corrections, object-based-image-analysis (OBIA) for segmentation and classification of land cover datasets;
  • Contribute to the development of high-resolution national land cover datasets according to the LCML/LCCS ISO standard specifications, including validation and accuracy assessments;
  • Support the development of area frame methodology, integrated area and list frame methodologies for agricultural, land and water monitoring systems, including stratification, selection of sites for field data collection/validation; 
  • Provide technical support to countries for assessing the vulnerability, disaster risk reduction planning and management, the impacts of natural hazards (drought, flood, fires, landslides) as well as the recovery, monitoring and evaluation of activities;
  • Contribute, provide technical inputs and develop integrated approaches in support to international, regional and national platforms for earth observation, land cover monitoring, agro-ecological zoning, land evaluation, ecosystem monitoring, disaster risk reduction management;
  • Support the capacity development plans on geospatial technologies, including preparation of training and workshop material, preparation of information for meeting and conferences; 
  • Support the collation, standardization, analysis and reporting of geospatial data from multiple sources in support to the FAO Hand-in-Hand initiative;
  • Disseminate the geospatial data and metadata produced, in the various media formats (e.g. digital and paper atlas, map layouts, posters);
  • Prepare technical and scientific reports, papers and guidelines describing the activities, results, conclusions and recommendations on the process and results;
  • Perform any other tasks required.