Data Specialist, Nairobi, Kenya

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Nairobi, Kenya

Posting Title: DATA SPECIALIST, P4

Job Code Title: DATA SPECIALIST

Department/Office: United Nations Environment Programme

Duty Station: NAIROBI

Posting Period: 20 January 2023 – 05 March 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Data Analytics and Management-UNEP-196871-R-Nairobi (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP’s mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, UNEP has a network of country and regional offices facilitating the relevant country and regional processes and coordinating coherent delivery of UNEP’s programme aimed at addressing the causes of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution through seven interlinked sub-programmes for action that include: Climate Action, Chemicals, and Pollution Action, Nature Action, Science Policy, Environmental Governance, Finance, and Economic Transformations and Digital Transformations.

The Digital Transformations subprogramme, as designed in the Medium-Term Strategy for 2022-2025, focuses on accelerating and scaling environmental sustainability by applying data, digital technologies and solutions in UNEP’s key activities, products, and services. It is driven by the direct outcomes and indicators to deliver the climate, nature, and pollution pillars adopted in UNEP’s Programme of Work (POW) for 2022-2023. UNEP aims on innovation and collaboration with partners in building a digital ecosystem for the planet, shifting market incentives and consumer behaviors through digital channels, and enhancing e-governance including through inclusive policy development, digital literacy, and stakeholder engagement.

This position is located in the UNEP Digital Transformations Unit at the Nairobi duty station. Within the UNEP regional office, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: Responsibilities

Translate organizational needs into analytics and reporting requirements to support decisions, strategies and workflows with data and information, including from UNEP’s World Environment Situation Room and other relevant data platforms.

Identify, analyze, and interpret environmental trends or patterns, using machine learning techniques, statistical methods to identify relevant features and variables in structured and unstructured sources of information and data

Oversee and allocate resources to the building of analysis, reporting and quality control capabilities

Ensure technically sound execution of data analytics projects and facilitate data sharing with UNEP

  • s World Environment Situation Room.

Collaborate with colleagues across divisions and within the Digital Accelerator Lab to identify data analytics needs and support data-driven projects.

Translate immediate requirements into prototype solutions and oversee their subsequent full implementation

Keep track of trends and developments in data analytics best practices, tools, etc.

Deliver analysis to UN Country Teams and Common Country Assessments (CCAs) on environmental trends and

opportunities to harness digital technologies for environmental sustainability.

Liaise with digital stakeholders in the region to understand environmental needs and receive feedback on UNEP data platforms and related digital products and services.

Deliver trainings on data, digital technologies and related innovations linked to environmental sustainability.

Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.

Perform other duties as may be assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge to turn data into information, information into insight and insight into business decisions. Ability to Translate organizational needs into analytics and reporting requirements to support decisions, strategies and workflows with data and information, including from UNEPs World Environment Situation Room and other relevant data platforms The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box.” Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional

approaches.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, data science, analytics, statistics, information management, public administration, management or a related field is required. Additional university level training in environmental science is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. ‘

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in applied analytics, business intelligence, information management, statistics, project management, stakeholder management or related area is required.

Experience in using data to advance decisions, strategies and execution with regard to environmental sustainability is required.

Experience with self-service analytics and data visualization applications (MS PowerBI, Qlik, Tableau or similar), or business intelligence tools (SAP Business Objects, etc.) is required

Experience in tools managing version control such as Git is desirable.

Experience with database or programming languages (SQL, Python, R) is desirable.

Experience with Geographic Information Systems and related software packages (ARC GIS, QGIS) is desirable.

A minimum of two (2) years or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.

NOTE: ”Fluency” equals a rating of ”fluent” in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and ”Knowledge of” equals a rating of ”confident” in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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