UN Junior Data Analytics Assistant Careers – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 Job Title:        Junior Data Analytics Assistant
Organization: United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Officer – Data
Science
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
countries.
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
Analytics Assistant will work to assist with data analysis and development of
data visualizations from Digital Data (including Big Data) sources (such as
online media, social networks, imagery, geospatial data, population mobility,
transaction records, public radio content, etc…).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Render support in reviewing and vetting
    various data sets and real-time information resources that could be
    relevant to ongoing or potential Big Data for Development research
    projects.
  • Offer support in data cleaning process for
    different data sets.
  • Assist in exploring social media platforms
    to gain insights for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Assist in establishing data processing
    pipelines for different data sources.
  • Assist to create maps, statistical
    representations, plots, information graphics, tables, and charts to
    present data analysis.
  • Assist to produce graphical elements for
    data representations.
  • Monitor events that would contribute to
    PLJ research activities such as existing data, new types of data sources,
    and big data technologies.
  • Qualitatively, assist on conducting desk
    research to identify options for implementation of pilot projects for the
    Lab with partners.
  • Assist in the preparation of materials in
    support of Pulse Lab Kampala’s Research and assisting in the revision and
    delivering them based on relevant comments and feedback.
  • Assist to produce outreach materials and
    support dissemination of research findings in support of UN Global Pulse,
    Pulse Lab Kampala as well as external collaborators.
  • Support preparing materials for capacity
    building and knowledge dissemination by the Lab with partners.
  • Participates in brainstorming sessions in
    the Lab to define activities under Track 1 and track 2.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal applicant for the United Nations
    UNDP Junior Data Analytics Assistant job placement should hold a BSc in
    Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical
    Engineering or related field. 
    Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt
    of the first level university degree recognized by the United Nations.
  • Programming skills especially in Python
    programming language, experience in using IPython will be an added
    advantage,
  • Experience in using Version Control System
    especially Github.
  • Experience in analysing social media data
    for example from Facebook or Twitter
  • Experience in data analytics and data
    visualisation tasks using Pandas, matplotlib, Seaborn, NumPy, and SciPy.
  • Experience in visualizing data on maps in
    the web using tools like leaflets.
  • Experience in data exploration and data
    cleaning
  • Experience with data visualization.
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 solutions
  • 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 work
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: 23rd December
2016

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