Geospatial Web Developer

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

A. About Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

ADPC is an autonomous international organization with a vision to reduce disaster and climate risk impacts on communities and countries in Asia and the Pacific by working with all key stakeholders.

Established in 1986 as a technical capacity building center, ADPC has grown and expanded its role to be for scientific, educational, developmental and humanitarian purposes. ADPC employs a wide range of professional expertise typically required for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) in an effective manner.

ADPC develops and implements cross-sectoral projects/programs on the strategic themes of risk governance, urban resilience, climate resilience, health risk management, preparedness for response and resilient recovery. Our strategic themes are complemented and underpinned by the cross-cutting themes of gender and diversity, regional and transboundary cooperation as well as poverty and livelihoods.

Through its work, ADPC supports the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the agenda defined at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, and other relevant international frameworks

For details, please refer to ADPC website at

B. Department Introduction:

The Geospatial Information Department supports stakeholders to increase their uses of geospatial technology, data, and information for supporting decision making related to disaster risk management and climate resilience. The department supports all thematic areas of focus of ADPC to achieve their goals, mainly through:

  • Increased accessibility and technical capacity to develop, maintain, and use geospatial information including disaster and climate risk maps, forecasted and real-time disaster data for early warning, and damage data for post-disaster assessment and recovery planning,
  • Increased awareness by decision makers on applications of geospatial information in disaster risk management and climate resilience decision making, and

Geospatial solutions, such as maps, tools, models, and data, customized to the demands of stakeholders.

C. Statement of Intent:

The Geospatial Web Developer will work closely with the team of scientists and remote sensing specialists of the Geospatial Information Department, under the anticipated SERVIR-Mekong phase 2 project of ADPC. The Geospatial Web Developer will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, with occasional travels for project requirements.


It is not the intent of this Terms of Reference to cover every aspect of the position requirements, rather to highlight the most important areas of personal and joint responsibilities.

D. Key Responsibilities:

Program Responsibilities:

  • Lead the front- and back-end development of geospatial web portals as requested.
  • Provide support on code versioning along with code maintenance especially in the GitHub.
  • Troubleshoot bugs and errors during the product development and maintenance life cycles.
  • Develop data ingestion and processing pipelines for various remote sensing products.
  • Design UI/UX for spatial web application and develop a prototype or wireframe of a new tool
  • Test and implement various AI technologies to improve geospatial products.
  • Provide training on cloud based remote sensing technologies to partners and stakeholders.

Corporate Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical inputs in developing training courses, workshops, and other capacity-building activities related to GIS, remote sensing and geospatial science for other ADPC projects and activities
  • Represent ADPC in meetings/workshops/events, as requested by the Director, Geospatial Information
  • Conduct training and seminar to enhance internal geospatial capacity of ADPC staff
  • Proactively support other departments to increase uses of geospatial science in ADPC projects and activities
  • Find external opportunities and develop projects for ADPC

E. Competencies

Core competencies:

  • Integrity: Demonstrates the highest level of commitment and demonstrates respect for persons of concern to ADPC, partners and colleagues in all aspects of work. Ensures that personal and professional behavior is of the highest standard.
  • Diversity Awareness: Able to embrace the uniqueness of all individuals along several dimensions such as race, religious beliefs, ethnicity, age, gender, physical abilities, political beliefs, socio-economic status, disability, political conviction, or any other distinguishing features.
  • Equality Awareness: Understands that each individual has an equal opportunity to make decisions, participate in social activities, perform any work at the organization and to make the most of her/ his life and talents.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: Works constructively within a team and across teams in ways that allow the achievement of shared objectives. Works effectively with colleagues and partners. Fosters a positive and collaborative environment.

Geospatial Information Department Functional Competencies:

  • Results Orientation: Focuses on the delivery of agreed results through the effective management of internal and external resources to achieve results. Demonstrates a commitment to both personal and organizational excellence, with an emphasis on results.
  • Proactivity/Self-motivation: Keeps abreast of new developments actively seeking to develop oneself professionally and personally. Recognizes the importance of continuous improvement for more effective and efficient working environment. Creates a learning culture.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Demonstrates and encourages the development of new ideas/ approaches in own work area. Proposes changes that will improve organizational and staff performance to a common goal.
  • Analytical Problem-Solving Skills: Displays analytical thinking by identifying, defining and analyzing information, situations and problems. Arrives at viable solutions through a variety of approaches. Demonstrates critical thoughts, methodical review of implications, intuition and rational conclusions.

F. Qualifications:

Required Qualifications and Specifications

  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Remote Sensing, Geo-informatics or related field
  • At least 2 years of professional experience in GIS web development
  • Familiarity and ability to build web mapping applications using multiple web frameworks such as Django, Tethys, Node.js (Express).
  • Proficiency in Python, JavaScript, HTML, jQuery, Ajax, Angularjs and CSS.
  • Familiarity with an open source server for sharing geospatial data such Geoserver or Thredds server
  • Ability to work and deploy a web application on Linux operating system
  • Ability to set up a time-based job scheduler or cron job in Unix computer operating systems
  • Able to design UI/UX for spatial web application
  • Creative skills and good at designing and understanding of both typography and color theory
  • Understanding of the basics of optical and radar satellite remote sensing and GIS
  • Familiarity with Google cloud storage and computing technologies
  • Familiarity with Google Earth Engine
  • Knowledge of relational database models such as PostgreSQL and MySQL
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Professional experience in the Lower Mekong region desired
  • Ability to communicate in at least one of the Lower Mekong languages desired

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated, proactive, and takes initiative.
  • Self-directed, dynamic, pays attention to details, independent with excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and organize work and time independently.
  • Ability to coordinate, motivate, and lead diverse teams to accomplish complex goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team-oriented work style, and experience in working in a multi- cultural environment.
  • Strong desire to learn, undertake new challenges, must be a creative problem-solver, must have self- confidence, and willingness to work hard.
  • Willingness and availability to travel periodically.

G. Reporting Relationships

The Geospatial Web Developer will report to the Science and Data Lead of the Geospatial Information Department of ADPC.

H. Contract Duration

The contract duration will be for 2 years.

How to apply

How to apply: Interested Candidates can submit the completed ADPC application form, (downloadable from, resume, copy of degrees/certificate(s) together with a cover letter, to [email protected]

Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

ADPC encourage diversity in its workplace and support an inclusive work environment.

Note: Applicant who submits incomplete documents required as listed above will not be considered