UNDP is seeking spatial data experts worldwide with knowledge of English, and French and/or Spanish to apply for a three-year vetted roster of experts in biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and sustainable development. Apply here by 14 July 2018: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=79718
Accurate spatial data on the status and trends of biodiversity, ecosystems and essential ecosystem services is of paramount importance for UNDP and the decision makers and governments it works with. Yet the ability of countries to access and use spatial data to develop plans, take actions and report results is extremely low. A recent study of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPS) and 5th National Reports (NR) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) from more than 110 countries shows that NBSAPs contain an average of fewer than four maps, and NRs fewer than five. Moreover, the study revealed critical gaps – less than 4% of all maps (and only 8 countries) included ecosystem services. These findings reflect similar results to a survey conducted 18 months ago for 100+ countries. Without accurate data on the status and trends of biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services, decision makers will continue to be unable to fully understand the consequences of biodiversity loss to sustainable development. Therefore, their ability to achieve the 2030 Agenda and their national Sustainable Development Goals will be compromised. For example, countries may need support with geospatial data analyses to prepare a comprehensive, data-driven national report, or to determine where to implement a conservation strategy or action and assess its impact.
The scope of work will vary depending on the assignment but would include one or various of the below services within national, regional and global programmes or projects led by the Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH), UNDP Headquarters in New York, and UNDP Country Offices:
The spatial data experts will provide assistance to countries in the collection and analysis of geospatial data related to biodiversity, natural resource management, and sustainable development. Tasks can include:
- Producing geospatial maps to support the development and/or implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAPs), National Reports to the Convention of Biological Diversity, the UN Sustainable Goals, or other Multilateral Environmental Agreements;
- Training and/or supporting countries to analyze geospatial data layers to make biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, and sustainable development decisions;
- Providing technical support to countries in the management of GIS layers;
- Working with UNDP staff and partner organizations to develop case studies and story maps about the value of geospatial data to biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, and sustainable development decision-making;
- Supporting teams to identify the minimum viable set of data layers that need to be analyzed to address a conservation or development challenge and to find important available datasets beyond the initial minimum viable dataset requirements;
- Conducting and maintaining an inventory of current data that are available in a subject area or a geography, as well as determining how frequently each dataset needs to be updated, what data sharing agreements need to be in place to use it, and how frequently they need to be maintained;
- Performing any required GIS processing needed to render data into the formats needed;
- Gathering, processing and uploading datasets, or correct data access parameters and settings (WMS: web map service), into the UN Biodiversity Lab platform, including correct available metadata;
- Carrying out geoprocessing and analyses of data layers, as determined to be useful. For example, identifying overlaps of important urban watersheds and forest; and
- Completing customized geospatial data analyses as requested by UNDP
The full terms of reference can be accessed here: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=79718. They are also attached. Please send me a message if you have any questions about this opportunity.