Artificial Intelligence and Mapping
The United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) is a technology-intensive programme active since 2001 in applied research and innovative applications relating to geospatial information technology and satellite analysis.
UNOSAT is currently expanding its operational support services and training offer with particular focus on the implementation of artificial intelligence applications and services for disaster response, humanitarian and human security support, and climate services. UNOSAT services encompass a series of operational activities spread across different application domains including natural disasters, conflict, integrated water management, hydrological/hydrogeological modelling applications, early warning systems, satellite-based flood mapping services and capacity development activities.
The main objective is to support UNOSAT in developing AI methods, algorithms, code, and documentation on mapping natural disasters and supporting humanitarian and human security by using satellite imagery in support of the international humanitarian community and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A secondary objective is coordinating UNOSATs role within a broader community working on these issues and assessing progress across the field.
The contractor will support UNOSAT in applying AI methods to satellite imagery for disaster response and SDG promotion by:
The incumbent reports to the Specialist in charge of the Human Security and Human Rights section and works and liaises with other relevant project partners and UNOSAT staff as required.
Education: Strong educational background, preferably a master's or PhD in Computer Science, Statistics, Data Science, or a related field.
Work Experience: Entry level and up to 3 years of progressive experience in developing, evaluating and deploying machine learning models for computer vision use cases.
Technical skills and competencies:
Languages: Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language would be an advantage. Good level of French is desirable.
General conditions of contracts for the service of individual contractors apply. Incumbents are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local laws. UNITAR does not reimburse for any taxes, duty, or other contribution payable by the Contractors on payments made under the contract.
The Institute does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for Contractors, and Contractors are not eligible to participate in the life and health insurance schemes provided by the UN for its staff members.
This is a locally recruited post and no relocation allowances apply. The successful candidate will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor is he/she a “staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).
Please submit your application along with a motivation letter as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement. Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact the shortlisted applicants.