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Vacancy Announcement No: UPU/19/Intern/ISHIP/257
Title: Intern (geography, geomatics, geospatial technology, geo-information)
Grade: Intern
Type of contract Internship
Duration:  6 months
Publication Date:
Application Deadline: 23 July 2019 Vacancy Notice Closed (automatic)
Organizational Unit: Postal Operations Directorate (DOP )
Physical Product Development Programme
Duty Station:  Bern Switzerland
Scheduled date for taking up appointment:  as soon as possible
Organizational Context:
The Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations and the principal forum for cooperation between postal sector stakeholders, establishes the rules for international mail exchanges. It has 192 member countries and is head quartered in Berne, Switzerland. The UPU's primary objective is to encourage the provision of a quality postal service that is accessible to all, and its core mission is to develop social, cultural and commercial communication between peoples.

The Istanbul Congress noted that the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and geographic information systems (GIS) had increased dramatically in recent years, resulting in the devising of numerous new means of geo locating businesses and residences more quickly and at a much lower cost than was previously possible. With this in mind, Congress, through resolution C 16/2016 instructed, the UPU bodies to explore ways of fostering the integration of these new methods in order to promote more efficient postal-address development and address-information management.

Main duties:
The trainee will be part of the Physical Products Integration and e-Commerce programme and will work directly with the Physical Products and Addressing Assistance Expert. The trainee will participate in the implementation of the mandate given by a UPU the resolution for the application of GIS to postal address development. Furthermore, he/she will contribute to find or develop solutions that could help countries to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by E-commerce while contributing towards the implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

- Conduct research on the challenges and requirements for using "geomatics" in the development of address infrastructures in member countries and assist in the drafting of an operational policy on the integration of GIS into postal addressing using the conclusions of the above-mentioned research;
- Identify, gather and assemble online and offline resources and materials for a "knowledge center" to assist member countries and designated operators to integrate GIS into address-related issues, such as infrastructure development, best practices, success stories and benchmark studies, as well as standards and guidelines
- Help reconcile data and information gaps, particularly within country projects;
- Support remotely, UPU member countries staff to perform general data analyses as requested;
- Perform other data and information management-related duties as required.

Technical knowledge:
- Strong knowledge in Geography or Geomatics or Geospatial Technology or Geo-information;
- Good knowledge and understanding of systems and methodologies for the measurement of positions, shapes and sizes of physical phenomena, structures and objects, natural and man-made, at, below or above the earth surface, as well as for the signalling and recording of changes over time;
- Good knowledge and understanding of systems and methodologies for handling spatial information, including systems for management, storage, processing, integration, exchange and dissemination of geo-information;
- Knowledge and practice of ESRI and QGIS software and database management;
- Knowledge of programming languages Python, ArcPy, HTML/CSS/Javascript, is an asset;
- Good reporting and computer skills.
Language skills:
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required for the internship. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
Additional Information:
In line with UPU rules, this traineeship is reserved EXCLUSIVELY for STUDENTS. Any other candidate profile will not be considered. Recent graduates in the areas described above are also invited to apply. They must have graduated within six months of the date of this announcement.

The traineeship will be remunerated in accordance with current UPU Human Resources rules.

The conditions of service are governed by the Staff Regulations and Rules of the International Bureau of the Universal Postal Union.

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form.
All applications must be received by the closing date as stated in the vacancy announcement.

All applicants employed by postal entities and applying for a vacant position in the Professional (P) or Senior (D) category must be recommended and submitted through the competent postal authority.
Applications not satisfying this criterion may not be considered.

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Applications from women and member states are particularly encouraged.

The UPU promotes diversity and work-life balance.

For further instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the UPU internet page at: http://www.upu.int/en/resources/vacancies
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