Atmospheric Modelling Analyst
Organisation: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge and regional cooperation.
ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. ICIMOD delivers impact through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas of Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions, and underpinned by Knowledge Management and Communication. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reduce poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and men, now and in the future.
Water and Air is one of ICIMOD’s four strategic Thematic Areas and houses competencies related to water and atmospheric issues. ICIMOD fosters regional and transboundary exchange and dialogue to promote integrated water and land management and air quality monitoring. It acts as a resource centre for information on water resources and atmosphere. These competencies are applied in ICIMOD’s six Regional Programmes to foster inter and transdisciplinary research and development activities, thereby delivering positive impact in the HKH. From physical, ecological, and social perspectives, the Water and Air Thematic Area analyses the demand and future availability of water from mountains; cryosphere dynamics; rivers, springs, and watersheds; water-related hazards including floods and droughts; the potential impacts of climate and anthropogenic changes; hydropower development; and the role of hill and mountain irrigation in providing food security. The Thematic Area also focuses on improving quantitative understanding of atmospheric transport, chemicals and microphysical processes, emission sources within and upwind of the region, and the impacts of atmospheric change on the health of poor communities and on the cryosphere. The Thematic Area focuses on developing solutions at a variety of scales, from community to national policy levels, and fostering regional cooperation. It also addresses transboundary issues, especially within the water–food–energy nexus, including benefit-sharing and building community resilience. Regional cooperation on atmospheric monitoring, data sharing, and mitigation is an important component of the Thematic work.
Atmospheric changes are increasingly affecting the wellbeing of people and ecosystems in the HKH region. The past decades have seen rising emissions of air pollutants in the region from urban, industrial, and rural sources. ICIMOD’s Atmosphere Initiative was established on 1 January 2013, as part of the Regional Programme on Atmosphere, to improve our understanding of atmospheric issues and promote regional cooperation for addressing such issues in the HKH region. The initiative has established several urban and remote observatories to understand urban air quality, transboundary air pollution, and black carbon (BC) concentration over glaciers. The initiative works on various aspects of air pollution impacts, the characterization of air pollution emissions, and the identification of mitigation measures and policy gap and implications.
ICIMOD is inviting applications for the position of Atmospheric Modelling Analyst to support the planning and implementation of its air quality network, carry out field studies on air pollution issues, and conduct data analysis. The Atmospheric Modelling Analyst will dedicate most of her/his time to the Atmosphere Initiative, which is part of ICIMOD’s Regional Programme on Atmosphere. S/he will work on data visualization and backup, and linking atmospheric data to ICIMOD’s Regional Database System (RDS).
Responsibilities and tasks
Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Group Lead of the Water and Air Theme and technical direction provided by senior atmospheric scientists, the Atmospheric Modelling Analyst will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:
The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel and fieldwork will be required.
This is a two-year project position with the Atmosphere Initiative; the probation period is six months
Salaries and benefits at ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Gender and Equity Policy
Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender fair policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a Day-Care Centre at the campus and is committed to gender mainstreaming at the organisational and programmatic levels.
Method of application
Applicants are requested to apply online before 29 July 2019 through ICIMOD's online application system.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.