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Environmental Junior Data Scientist at FAO

Environmental Junior Data Scientist in FAO

Country: Lesotho
City: Maseru
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Non-staff job opening of Environmental Junior Data Scientist at FAO for the duration of 8 months! The incumbent will be part of the ICM team of the FAO-Lesotho office in Lesotho Maseru.

Benefits of working at FAO

FAO offers a dynamic and multicultural work environment; staff from over 100 countries specializing in diverse fields provide a truly international workplace.

FAO offers countless staff development opportunities, including group training, workshops as well as individual training courses.  It also uses a performance management module that helps staff members achieve their yearly goals and encourages career growth within the organization.

FAO has a staff mobility program that enables and encourages staff to move around both geographically and to different functions within their duty station.

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Technical Focus

  • Sub catchment profile report
  • Land cover and land cover change analysis outputs: maps, tables, charts, and descriptive text
  • Also, Obtain certification to operate the UAV Sensefly E-Bee
  • Acquire images using the UAV Sensefly E-Bee over selected areas as well as make images available to the project team in the geo-geoiff format

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support the analysis of environmental, climatic, and biophysical characteristics of six sub-catchments using geospatial data and other sources of information.
  • Support the analysis of land cover as well as land cover change analysis based on the land cover map time series data produced by FAO (2017-2021). Carry out spatial analysis at different scales; National, District, Sub catchment. Identify trends and patterns.
  • Also, Support the preparation of the Lesotho Land Cover Atlas through the production of high-quality maps, charts and tables, and related text
  • Support the implementation of field surveys for the collection of in-situ data related to land cover and soil. Use GPS to georeferenced specific land cover features. Fly the drone E-Bee Sensefly, to acquire images over selected areas.

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Minimum Requirements   

  • Diploma in Water and Environmental Engineering or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in soil and water conservation, environmental management, and land degradation reduction and halting. 
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Moreover, a National of Lesotho.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Also, Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing as well as Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Professional experience using R and spatial packages in R
  • Knowledge of Google Earth Engine as well as experience in land cover mapping

Additional Information:

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: [email protected]
  • Also, FAO will not accept applications after the closing date
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 

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How to Apply

  • To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile.
  • Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
  • Once your profile is complete, please apply, and submit your application
  • Also, candidates may have to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military, and police records to ascertain any and all information that may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
  • Personal information may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services



Type of Opportunity General Job
Deadline23 March,2022
Company NameFAO



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