Junior Data Science Officer
Candidate age: between 18 and 29 throughout the entire duration of their assignment. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Under the direct supervision of UNDP IICPSD Technical Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
- Assist machine learning research to work on how to deploy big data and machine learning approaches on development issues.
- Support the team in using machine learning and potentially frequentist statistical inference techniques to tackle issues in the field of economic and international development.
- Provide assistance in the use of natural language processing algorithms and tools for analyzing and learning from text-based sources of data.
- Support the application of advanced natural language processing techniques to build, maintain, and improve on analytics.
- Contribute to data acquisition, preparation, analysis, and visualizations efforts.
- Assist the organization of large datasets to get actionable insights from them.
- Continuously support the data maintenance and data acquisition activities of the SDG AI LAB.
- Support research work to unravel promising fields in development for the application of AI.
- Provide as needed support to the Technical Specialist as required for, amongst others, participating in meetings, conferences, providing administrative and communications support, drafting meeting minutes and perform other functions and duties.
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Econometrics, Mathematics, Economics or related field or equivalent.
- Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in data science, machine learning, natural language processing.
- Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
- Proficiency in programming skills, preferably Python, or R, SQL, Java would be an asset.
- Experience with common data science toolkits would be an asset.
- English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.
Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:
- Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.
- Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.
- Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.
Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams
This assignment is funded by the Government of Korea, therefore only Korean nationals are eligible. Candidates who have served as UN Youth Volunteer funded by Korea before are not eligible to apply. Former UN University Volunteers are eligible.
Candidates must be between 22 and 29 years of age throughout the duration of their service, i.e. born between 1 July 1991 and 1 July 1998.
Selected candidates will be invited to attend an Assignment Preparation Training in Bonn, Germany from 15 – 18 June 2020.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity between 30 March and 24 April. Usually these interviews are competency-based.
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Application deadline: 8 March 2020