Air Pollution Measurement Associate

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge generation 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…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 1+ Years
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Related Field
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    Posted Date : Jul 28, 2022

Job Description

Title: Air Pollution Measurement Associate (Instrument Associate) (open for Nepali nationals only)
Theme: Water and Air


We are looking for someone who is a passionate about air quality management, with proven skills in air quality monitoring. We are looking to hire an Air Pollution Measurement Associate to assist senior scientists in the operation and maintenance of trace gas measurement instruments, testing and installation, observatory development, and fieldwork. The associate will also support capacity-building trainings, data visualisation and backup, and linking atmospheric data to ICIMOD’s Regional Database System.

The applicant must results driven and motivated to make a difference. You will be based in Kathmandu, Nepal, and working in a cross-cultural, impact-oriented environment. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who values partnerships and diversity, is passionate about mountains and people, and is committed to helping build a greener, more inclusive, climate resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH). As ICIMOD moves into its new Strategy 2030 period from 2023, one of the impact areas we have identified is working to reduce adverse the health impacts of poor air quality while achieving mitigation co-benefits.

Responsibilities and tasks

Under the direct supervision of the Water and Air Theme Leader and the general guidance of the Atmosphere Regional Programme Manager, the Air Pollution Measurement Associate will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Operate, maintain, and calibrate trace gases instruments
  • Support data analysis and visualisation
  • Prepare tables on data availability from each observatory
  • Upload data to Regional Database System
  • Assist in the establishment and maintenance of new air quality monitoring stations
  • Support in evaluating satellite- and model-derived data with in situ observations using simple models and analysis tools
  • Support air quality dashboard with data acquisition-related activities
  • Support in the writing of assessment reports, project reports, proposals, and other documents
  • Support in capacity-building trainings and stakeholder engagement and outreach activities
  • Support in building partnerships at local and regional scales
  • Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals

Required Qualification & Experience

  • A postgraduate degree in atmospheric science or related subjects with at least one year of relevant work experience is required. A first-level university degree in combination with three years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Familiarity with existing literature or databases on atmospheric measurements
  • Proficiency in data visualisation and analysis
  • Understanding of basic instrument operation
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of computer languages/programmes


  • Teamwork and cooperation: Works collaboratively in a team, seeking opinions and feedback to find solutions and meet team objectives
  • Results orientation: Takes responsibility of fulfilling challenging goals set in line with organisational processes
  • Cross-cultural impact: Adjusts to cultural differences to ensure broad participation
  • Analytical thinking: Seeks out information that will support decision making and help achieve objectives
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Seeks to improve work processes by implementing new practices and technologies
  • Self-development: Displays a positive attitude towards learning and professional development
  • Developing others: Provides feedback on the performance or output of others to smoothen working relations and operational workflow


One year, with a probation period of three months, starting as early as possible. Possibility of extension subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels.


Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organisations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Duty station

The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel and fieldwork will be required.

Gender and equity policy 

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender equity policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at the campus and is committed to the integration of gender issues at organisational and programmatic levels.

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to apply online before August 17, 2022 (11:59 PM Nepal Standard Time) through ICIMOD’s Online Application System.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.