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Evaluator, Independent Evaluation of UNOSAT Rapid Mapping Service

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: UN Institute for Training and Research
Closing date: 20 Dec 2017

Project title: Evaluation of UNOSAT Rapid Mapping Service

Title (i.e. consultant, individual contractor): Consultant

Organizational Unit: Planning, Performance and Results Section

Indicative starting date: 15 January 2018

Duty Station: home-based

Deadline for Application: 20 December 2017

Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas: Evaluation, humanitarian programming, conflict, development

The UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) is a technology-intensive programme delivering imagery analysis and satellite solutions to relief and development organizations within and outside the United Nations, with the aim to contribute to decision-making in areas such as humanitarian relief, human security and strategic territorial and development planning.
UNOSAT’s Rapid Mapping Service provides satellite imagery analysis during humanitarian emergencies, including natural disasters and conflict situations. The service was created in response to the request of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), other humanitarian agencies and NGOs, which form part of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Humanitarian Coordination (IASC) hosted by the UN, for rapid mapping and satellite derived analysis in wake of disasters and complex emergencies. With a 24/7 year-round availability to process requests, UNOSAT delivers satellite imagery derived maps, reports and data for direct inclusion in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) according to need. The service responds to requests from the United Nations, governments, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, international and regional organizations and humanitarian non-governmental organizations.
Typical situations for which UNOSAT Rapid Mapping is activated include floods, earthquakes, storms, landslides, volcanoes, oil spills, chemical waste, refugee and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp mapping, conflict damage assessment and situational analysis. Requests for rapid mapping of complex emergency situations are increasing, and often include monitoring the situations over time, thus requiring additional support from UNOSAT compared to a typical sudden onset natural disaster. However, rapid mapping of natural disasters still represents the largest component of rapid mapping services. The capacity of providing frequent imagery analysis updates as situations unfold has become one of the key features of UNOSAT rapid mapping. UNOSAT benefits from a variety of sources for its satellite imagery: Free and open source, commercial vendors, International Charter Space and Major Disasters (natural and technological disasters only), and in-kind donations.

General objectives of the contract:
The purpose of the evaluation is to provide evidence that the UNOSAT Rapid Mapping Service is providing effective and efficient support for evidence-based decision making to clients engaged in humanitarian and conflict related work. The evaluation should not only assess rapid mapping performance, including the timeliness of the mapping services and how the satellite derived maps and analytical reports have enhanced on-the-ground humanitarian work, but it should also seek to answer the ‘why’ question by identifying factors contributing to (or inhibiting) the successful achievement of results.
The purpose of the evaluation is also to provide recommendations and lessons-learned on the strengthening of the rapid mapping undertakings and overall service, including identifying what methods or approaches work well and why, since rapid mapping will likely continue to play an important role in the Institute’s strategy to respond to disasters and humanitarian emergencies. In this sense, the results from this evaluation will contribute to guiding not only the future contours of the service, but also project related work requested by donors and other stakeholders. Following the finalization of the evaluation report, the use of the evaluation will be promoted by sharing it internally within UNITAR, and externally with donors and other project partners. More information can be found in the draft terms of references (Annex 1).

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How to apply:

How to apply:
Send a letter of motivation and P11 form or Curriculum Vitae to with the following subject line: “Evaluation of UNOSAT Rapid Mapping Service”
Due to the high number of expected applications, UNITAR will only contact shortlisted applicants.