UN Jobs – Junior Data Visualization Engineer at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Officer – Data
About UNDP:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s
global development network. UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to
knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The
UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing countries
including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed
About Global Pulse: 
Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the United Nations
Secretary-General on Big Data. Its vision is a future in which big data is
harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate
discovery, development and scaled adoption of big data innovation for
sustainable development and humanitarian action. Global Pulse is building a catalytic
network of in-country innovation centers, which will test new tools, data and
analysis, share what lessons with the global community, mainstream successful
approaches for real-time impact monitoring into policymaking. The first Lab has
been established in New York (Pulse Lab New York) followed by Jakarta,
Indonesia and Kampala, Uganda. Pulse Lab Kampala is an inter-agency initiative
of the United Nations under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator in
Uganda. The first of its kind in Africa, it brings together researchers from
Government, the UN, non-governmental organizations and private sector to
explore the utility of new sources of digital “Big Data” (such as social media,
mobile data, online information) and real-time analysis techniques for
sustainable development and humanitarian assistance.
Job Summary: The Junior Data
Visualization Engineer will offer support in the development of data
visualization from Big Data sources (such us online media, social networks,
imagery, geospatial data, population mobility, transaction records, etc.).
Key Duties and
Assist with the development of Interactive
visualizations and dashboards that synthesize large amounts of information
obtained from data science analysis techniques
Support the production of web applications
defined to showcase the analysis results of Pulse Lab Kampala
Provide inputs for the development of data
visualization prototypes to help the overall understanding of data sets
Assist in the production of static and dynamic
visual representations;
Assist in production of data presentation tools
Support in the design and development of user
interfaces for data applications
Support the technical team on the production of
visuals representing data extracted from digital and big data sources
Offer support in the drafting of wire frames for
visualizations of a combination of data sets
To provide support to the data engineering team
with emergency for simple trouble shooting
Assist in exploring new data sets for new data innovation
projects at the lab
Support preparing materials for capacity
building and knowledge dissemination by the Lab with partners
Actively participates in brainstorming sessions
in the Lab to define activities under Track 1 and track 2
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal applicant for the United Nations UNDP
Junior Data Visualization Engineer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s
Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering,
Electrical Engineering or related field.
Previous experience with data visualization and
data engineering
Prior exposure and experience in using
visualization libraries and software like D3.js, Crossfilter/dc.js, Leaflet.js,
CartoDB or Mapbox or similar software is required;
Experience with SQL databases (like PostgreSQL,
MySQL), and NoSQL databases (like MongoDB and firebase)
Previous experience with JavaScript component to
display and interaction with audio waveform material (like Frameworks Peaks.js,
Experience with javascript frame works and
libraries like Bootstrap, Node.js;
Personal Competencies:
Core Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s
values and ethical standards
Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and
strategic goals of the UN
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race,
nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Demonstrates and promotes the values of the UN
in actions and decisions and acts in accordance with the standard of conduct
for international civil servants.
Shows willingness to work without bias with all
persons regardless of gender, nationality, religion or culture
Contributes effectively to team-based
activities, working collaboratively and sharing information openly; works
effectively with colleagues inside the UN as well as its partners and other
stakeholders to pursue common goals
Facilitates and encourages open communication in
the team, communicating effectively
Remains calm, composed and patient when facing
conflict, manages conflict productively, focusing on mutually acceptable
Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to
initiate action
Actively produces and disseminates new
knowledge; creates/contributes to mechanisms to collect and share knowledge
Actively seeks learning opportunities;
demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development
Proposes innovative ideas and new solutions to
Functional Competencies:
Familiarity with statistical programming and
discrete mathematics;
Comfortable working with diverse programming
languages, design patterns, frameworks, libraries and platforms;
Independent and driven, and able to manage and
lead without close supervision;
Flexible, adaptable, and comfortable working in
a start-up environment;
Ability to work directly with internal and
external clients to define requirements for analysis and reporting;
Excellent communication skills.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender,
nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups
and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications
will be treated with the strictest confidence.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join
the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity
should endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further
review job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 1st
December 2016
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