GIS Specialist - Pakistan (Individual Consultant)

Open Period: 
Monday, March 29, 2021
Close Period: 
Monday, April 12, 2021
Background: 
Socio-economic impacts of climate-related hazards in South Asian countries continue to threaten the countries’ economic growth, particularly in key sectors such as agriculture, water, and infrastructure. During the 16th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in 2010, these countries collectively resolved to strengthen climate resilience. The Climate Adaptation and Resilience for South Asia (CARE) Project aims to contribute in translating this policy into actions through enhanced regional cooperation and knowledge on climate resilience and adaptation, and development of standards and guidelines to facilitate climate-resilient planning and investments.
The Project’s Development Objective is to create an enabling environment for climate-resilient policies and investments across South Asia, with the following indicators:
Increased access to regional climate data and analytics for climate-informed decision-making; National-level decision-making and planning that are better climate risk-informed; Regional climate resilience guidelines incorporated into national standards; Sectoral investments supported to include climate risks and resilient design; and Institutional capacities strengthened to undertake climate-informed policies and planning.
The project has three components, for implementation over 5 years:
1) Promoting evidence-based climate-smart decision-making, to enhance access to data required for risk-informed planning and investments; 2) Enabling climate-resilient policies and standards for development, to enhance transformation of policies and capacities for climate resilience and adaptation across South Asia; and 3) Project management and implementation support.
Component 1 shall be implemented by RIMES. This component involves the creation of a regional resilience data and analytics service (RDAS) platform and decision-support systems (DSSs) for selected sectors of agriculture, water, road transport, planning and finance in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan. Component 1 also includes capacity development of users of these systems and their products. The RDAS is a cloud-based open-access platform for acquiring, storing, managing, processing, analyzing, visualizing, and reporting data, for use in screening climate risks to inform investments. The DSSs are sector-specific systems, linked to the RDAS, and used to assist users in sectoral planning and decision-making.
The country-specific activities planned for Pakistan are as follows:
Develop DSS for Ministry of Planning (MoP), Development and Reforms incorporating climate indicators in the planning process to track climate resilient projects;
Develop DSS for Ministry of Finance to serve as a dynamic fiscal risk assessment tool for climate hazards;
Improve the existing DSS for Sindh Irrigation Department to include drought risk management;
Customize Specialized Export System for Agro-meteorological Early Warning for Climate Resilient Agriculture (SESAME) for Punjab Government
Objective: 
The GIS Specialist – Pakistan is responsible for working with government departments for developing a comprehensive geospatial database for weather/climate information, including base maps, social, physical, and sector-specific datasets in SAR; in particular, for agriculture, water, planning and finance sectors in Pakistan. The GIS Specialist shall assess existing datasets to ensure conformance with spatial data standards and interoperability with other datasets, and will provide technical as well as user capacity-building materials and resources to ensure continued maintenance, updating and use of geospatial data by beneficiary ministries/agencies in Pakistan.
Scope of Work: 
Ensure Collaborative Design and Development Process
Work closely with the Country Coordinator, Sectoral Experts, IT Experts, Data Analysts, and RIMES CARE Project staff to ensure integration of user needs, requirements and recommendations in the design and development of a comprehensive geospatial database; Coordinate with national mapping and relevant stakeholder agencies on geospatial data access and sharing; Receive inputs from regular consultations with project beneficiaries and stakeholders on the geospatial data and capacity building requirements; Coordinate with Component 2 of the CARE project on the integration of climate inclusive hazard and risk assessment maps related to agriculture and transport sectors;
Assess Existing Geospatial Data
Within three (3) months of contract effectiveness, review existing national, regional, and global geospatial datasets, taking into consideration the data source, structure, content, metadata, format, projection, scale, precision and accuracy, resolution, quality, access, usage, purpose, challenges, and gaps.; Within six (6) months of contract effectiveness, identify and develop a catalog for all relevant sector-specific data including base maps, and social and physical data like demography, administrative boundaries, land cover, elevation, slope, hydrography, etc.; Within nine (9) months of contract effectiveness, summarize and report on the outcomes of the assessment.;
Geospatial Database Development
Develop a system for geospatial data collection, validation, processing, analysis, management, and storage based on national and/or international standards; Develop a comprehensive geospatial database including, weather and climate information, sector-specific data (for example, cropland cover map, irrigated areas, soil map, crop-specific information for agriculture sector; basins, watersheds, major aquifers, drainage for water resource sector), base maps, social and physical data, etc.; Develop metadata and metadata catalog of all geospatial data integrated into RDAS and national DSSs; Develop a comprehensive plan for continued maintenance and update of the geospatial database, including data quality checks and capacity building; Provide recommendations and technical inputs on spatial data integration into RDAS and national DSSs, including appropriate spatial tools and functionalities; Document the progress and prepare a final technical report on the development process;
Facilitate Capacity-Development and Documentation
Prepare GIS training curriculum, exercises, and technical manuals using Free and Open-Source Software for GIS (FOSS4G), e.g., QGIS; Develop short training videos featuring basic and advanced GIS tools and functionalities; Conduct basic/advanced GIS trainings for developing and updating geospatial data for use in climate resilient applications in various sectors, e.g., agriculture, finance, planning, water, etc.; Support outreach events, e.g., virtual knowledge sharing series co-organized by RIMES PIU, IT and Sectoral Teams ; Assist in the development of virtual helpdesks, videos, and other materials related to development and updating of geospatial datasets ; Participate in discussions, meetings, consultations with targeted stakeholder ministries/agencies; Other relevant work as assigned by the Climate Application Specialist or Project Director;
Reporting Requirements : 
The GIS Specialist in Pakistan will coordinate with the Data Analysts and RDAS-DSS Lead. S/he will be based in Islamabad with potential travel to other provinces (i.e., Sindh and Punjab), and will work under the direct supervision of the Climate Application Specialist and Project Director who will monitor the work progress and quality of deliverables.
Qualifications: 
Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in GIS/Remote Sensing, geoinformatics, or related fields
At least five (5) years of experience in GIS/Remote Sensing and its applications for climate resilience in agriculture, finance and planning, water, transport, or related sectors
Extensive knowledge in geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, spatial modeling, data conversion and validation, quality check, visualization and map production
Strong background in open-source GIS/Remote Sensing applications, e.g., QGIS, SAGA GIS, Geoserver, etc., and/or experience in ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, etc.
Experience in installation and administration of geospatial software, including troubleshooting of GIS/Remote Sensing related issues
Experience with geospatial integration projects and capacity building trainings
Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills
Proficiency in spoken and written English and Urdu languages
Can work independently and collaboratively with stakeholders and colleagues to achieve goals
Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
Contract Duration: 
The contract will be for 4.5 years subject to a 6-month probationary period, and annual performance review.
Application Process: 
Interested candidates must submit their application letter and resume to rimeshra@rimes.int before midnight of 12 Apr 2021, Bangkok time. RIMES promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Well-qualified Pakistani nationals particularly females are encouraged to apply.