Call for Experts: UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Zambia

Floods in Zambia in 2003 captured by NASA’s Terra satellite
Floods in Zambia in 2003 captured by NASA’s Terra satellite
Credits: NASA

At the invitation of the Government of Zambia, the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Zambia from 26 to 30 May 2014. UN-SPIDER is currently seeking international experts from the space, Disaster management and disaster risk management communities who would like to volunteer for participating in this TAM. If required, UN-SPIDER will sponsor the travel and the stay of the expert to Zambia. UN-SPIDER's partner during this TAM is the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit in the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Zambia.

UN-SPIDER is looking for four to six experts from outside of Zambia. They should have an expertise in various areas of disaster preparedness as well as the use of space technology, such as disaster response, spatial data infrastructure or policy analysis. Preference will be given to experts who are either already collaborating or who are willing to collaborate with the authorities or relevant institutions in Zambia. Further selection criteria include experience in the country and affiliation with a regional or international entity working in Zambia or the region. UN-SPIDER particularly encourages qualified women to apply.

If you are interested in joining the TAM please provide us with:

  • a short background, résumé or CV
  • an indication of your current, planned or possible type of collaboration with Zambia
  • an indication of your possible funding source and an indication of cost assumption (ticket/daily expenses)

Please send your application to Mr. Lorant CZARAN (lorant.CZARAN@unoosa.org). Deadline for application is 14 April 2014. Your application will be acknowledged upon receipt; however, only selected candidates will be contacted.

TAMs are part of UN-SPIDER’s Technical Advisory Support, one of the core activities of the programme. During the mission, TAM experts will meet with key institutions involved in disaster management and authorities using space-based information for disaster-risk management and emergency response complementing national disaster management efforts. The meetings are organized with representatives from the Government, UN agencies, regional and international organizations, academia, NGOs and private entrepreneurs in Zambia. On the basis of the mission, recommendations are made and guidelines are developed for making improvements at all stages of the disaster management cycle.