UN Data Engineer Job Opportunities – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Title:        Data Engineer
Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Senior
Data Engineer
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 Data Engineer will work to access and
derive insights from large data sets to solve problems. He or she must be able
to work with a variety of data types, programming languages and platforms, must
be comfortable with both hands-on development and research support, and must be
adept at both understanding the information content of data and transforming
and preparing it for analytical and reporting purposes.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
appropriate hardware and software for processing data from open source and
commercial sector and a list of computing platforms that Pulse Lab Kampala
already has access to through global and local partnerships;
solutions for data engineering in line with the Pulse Lab Kampala research plan
and given the data types and characteristics of Pulse Lab Kampala’s research;
technical input and support to the design and implementation of projects in the
portfolio through consultation with the Government, donors, UN agencies,
NGOs/CSOs and other partners; 
analyses of the current technical systems and provide recommendations to Pulse
Lab Kampala stakeholders;
quality technical support in data management, data streaming and systems
use and apply new technologies to enable more efficiency within Pulse Lab
Kampala research;
in the production of Pulse Lab Toolkits across the Global Pulse Lab Network;
knowledge generation and knowledge sharing based on project experiences, and,
when appropriate, make contributions to knowledge networks and communities of
participate in discussions related to technical aspects of data engineering and
analytics as well as the identification of common engineering and processing
functionalities with Global Pulse labs;
open source standard documents for the toolkit developed;
and prepare data for analysis from big and small datasets including from
official statistics;
with Pulse Lab Kampala Research Team to interpret analysis results

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
ideal applicant for the United Nations UNDP Data Engineer job placement should
hold an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Computer
Science, Machine Learning, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field. A
first-level university degree in combination with five years of qualifying
experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Three years
of experience in the following:
o   Experience working on machine learning
algorithms or other aspects of AI;
o   Experience with stream computing and data
o   Experience with rapid application development
(agile, extreme, scrum, lean);
o   Experience working with Amazon EC2 or Hadoop
or similar;
o   Experience working with open source data
processing frameworks is a plus;
Core Competencies:
integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN
cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and
all people fairly without favoritism
and promotes the values of the UN in actions and decisions and acts in
accordance with the standard of conduct for international civil servants.
willingness to work without bias with all persons regardless of gender,
nationality, religion or culture
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
and encourages open communication in the team, communicating effectively
calm, composed and patient when facing conflict, manages conflict productively,
focusing on mutually acceptable solutions
initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action
produces and disseminates new knowledge; creates/contributes to mechanisms to
collect and share knowledge
seeks learning opportunities; demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional
innovative ideas and new solutions to work
Functional Competencies:
programming skills using script languages such as Python and PHP;
understanding of data engineering and data processing solutions and platform;
knowledge of big data, data analysis, and system performance;
in a dynamic and flexible work environment, with an innovative mindset and in a
lab environment;
ethics and integrity;
corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
initiative-taking, eager to learn new technologies;
as a team player and facilitating teamwork;
and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
synergies through self-control;
and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning
and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
and transparent decision making;
and driven, and able to manage and lead without close supervision;
adaptable, and comfortable working in a start-up environment;
communication skills;
adaptable, and comfortable working in a start-up environment;
to work directly with internal and external clients to define requirements for
analysis and reporting.
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 August 2018
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