Air Quality Application Development 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 Nepal
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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 : 3+ 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 29, 2022

Job Description

Title: Air Quality Application Development Associate (project position; open for Nepali nationals only)
Theme: Water and Air


We are looking for someone who is passionate about data dissemination through IT. The associate will support air quality application design and development and work on data visualisation and linking open source air pollution data to Air Quality Dashboards managed by ICIMOD and its Regional Member Countries.

The applicant must be 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

The associate will largely work under the Regional Programme on Atmosphere. Under the direct supervision of the Water and Air Theme Leader and the general guidance of the Atmosphere Regional Programme Manager, the Air Quality Application Development Associate will fulfil the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Help set up, maintain, and upgrade the hardware and software of air quality dashboard and allied systems
  • Conduct geospatial analysis and transformation of air quality stations, models, and other spatial data
  • Conduct geospatial allocation of emissions data and create model-ready emissions inventory
  • Carry out air quality and emission data visualisation and public (web, intranet, mobile app) dissemination of observations and model data using user-friendly applications
  • Build services in THREDDS server catalogue and enable WMS services
  • Visualise new data to display data extent and parameters available
  • Develop API for new data for partners
  • Develop manuals for air quality applications such as the Air Quality Dashboard
  • Support capacity-building trainings related to air quality apps developed by ICIMOD and engage in outreach activities
  • Work as a team player within ICIMOD to support other activities and promote institutional goals

Required Qualification & Experience

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field of study (GIS, geomatics engineering, environmental engineering, computer engineering/applications) with at least one year of relevant work experience is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of three years of demonstrated experience using GIS tools including scripting
  • A minimum of three years of demonstrated experience with Python, Fortran or C, or other such programming languages
  • Experience working with large observation datasets such as NETCDF and HDF
  • Experience working in Unix/Linux environments
  • Some experience in TETHYS, THREDDS servers
  • Some experience of web, intranet, or mobile application development


  • 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


This is a project position in the Regional Programme on Atmosphere initially for one year, with a probation period of three months and a possibility of extension for a maximum of one year subject to performance.


Salaries and benefits at 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.