UNDP Fresher Jobs – Junior Data Engineer – Global Pulse Lab at United Nations Development Programme

Organisation: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Project: Global
 Kampala, Uganda
 UN Resident Coordinator
Pulse is an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General,
established to harness today’s new world of digital data and real-time
analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global
Pulse aims to contribute a future in which access to better information sooner
makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the
world’s most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global
shocks. Global Pulse is being implemented as a global network of Pulse Labs,
bringing together expertise from UN agencies, governments, academia, and the
private sector to research, develop, test and share tools and approaches for
harnessing real-time data for more effective and efficient policy action. 
Pulse Lab Kampala:
Pulse is establishing an innovation hub for real-time monitoring in Kampala.
The Lab will function as an open innovation space where policy experts together
with UN development practitioners and other partners experiment with new types
of data and emerging technologies to evaluate their potential to enhance both
public policy decision-making and community resilience. Following the
development of useful approaches, Pulse Lab Kampala will support institutional
adoption of these innovations into policy and practice.
  The Junior
Data Engineer will be a part of a team that will focus on accessing and
deriving insights from large data sets to solve problems. He/she will support
the team in the acquisition, analysis and visualization of data from a variety
of sources in order to:
  • Assist UNDP understand
    emerging human vulnerabilities to socio-economic shocks;
  • Detect and highlight patterns
    that could indicate how people are coping with emerging hardship and;
  • Gather evidence of changes in
    behaviour and perception correlated with public sector policies and
    programmes. He/she will support specially the visualization of data on the
    research conducted by PLK.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Regularly interface
    application development using technologies such as HTML5, D3 and InfoVis;
  • Ensure data processing and
    statistical analysis with programming languages including Python is done;
  • Responsible for the
    deployment of applications on Linux servers.
  • Significantly contribute to
    the efforts of the team in defining, designing and building projects
    harnessing data innovation to address global challenges;
  • Assist in the development of
    interactive data visualisations for the web;
  • Develop and use software
    tools to extract, process and analyze data sets from a variety of sources;
  • Support the team in the
    development of working prototypes and applications for the Pulse Library
    that will be used by UN agencies and partners.
  • Work closely with overall
    reporting to the Data Scientist and manager, he/she will work on
    day-to-day basis with the basis with the Data Engineer;
  • The consultant will report to
    the Manager on a regular basis on the progress but this will be done in
    line with the set deliverables of the assignment The consultant will
    liaise, interact, collaborate/meet staff and partners.
  • UNDP (GPL) will support the
    consultant in the access to all past reports and data relevant to the
    assignment. These will include donor reports and project documents:
  • He / she will also access to
    GPL and its infrastructure;
  • Support and assistance to
    gain access to relevant stakeholders for consultations to the extent
Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the
    United Nations UNDP Junior Data Engineer should hold a bachelor’s degree
    in Computer Science, Electrical engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, or
    related field. A combination of a first degree and relevant experience may
    be accepted;
  • A minimum of two years’
    experience of web application development, preferably having worked on
    examples of interactive data visualisation;
  • Past working knowledge of
    various programming languages and experience with software development.
    Experience with Python is an advantage;
  • Prior experience of writing
    software to process different types of data (e.g. numerical data, text,
    images or audio);
  • Past exposure and experience
    of working with Linux servers;
  • Possess excellent
    communication skills;
  • Familiarity with statistical
    programming and discrete mathematics;
  • Significant experience
    working with open source data processing frameworks desirable
  • Language: Fluency in English (oral and written).
Functional Competencies:
  • Mathematical and statistical
  • Plans and produces quality
    results to meet established goals;
  • Generates innovative,
    practical solutions to challenging situations;
  • Demonstrates substantive and
    technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with
  • Demonstrates openness to
    change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Ability to conceptualize,
    plan and execute innovative ideas;
  • Displays open, co-operative
    behavior with other team members;
  • Remains calm and in control,
    and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Responds positively to
    critical feedback and differing points of view;
  • Sets priorities, produces
    quality outputs;
  • Meets deadlines and manages
    time efficiently;
  • Excellent oral and written
Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity and
    ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender,
    religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
to Apply:
interested individual consultants must submit the following
documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF
  • Duly completed Letter of
    Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by
    UNDP (Annex II);  Download
  • Updated Personal CV indicating
    all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details
    (email and, telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3)
    professional references.
Financial proposal:
  • Indicates the
    all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of
    costs, as per template provided (Annex II): Download
documents should be uploaded at the web link below
NB: UNDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Highly qualified
Women are encouraged to apply. Short listed candidates will be required to send
certified copies of academic credentials. For clarifications, please send your email to;   justine.naiga-bagonza@undp.org with copy to
diana.nabbanja@undp.org and agnes.kintu@undp.org.
23rd February 2015

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