Title
Deadline
Category Host entity Country Sort descending
Data Science Specialist Int. Specialist UNODC Austria
VMAM Code
AUTR000128-10644
Open

Data Science Specialist

Data Science Specialist

International Specialist
Host entity
UNODC
Country
Austria
Location, Country
Vienna (AUT)
Language skills
English
Expected Starting Date
Immediate
Duration
3 months with possiblity of extension
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer of the Data Development and Dissemination Section or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Data Science Specialist will:

  • Expand and refine terminology ‘dictionary’ key word search terms to improve data harvesting algorithms results and expand event identification with a focus on high frequency crime and drug statistics to monitor the impact of drug trafficking.
  • Develop software to access live unstructured data with pre-defined frequency and put in place necessary infrastructure for subsequent data handling and extraction.
  • Maintain and regularly update a central repository of sources used for ‘web scraping’ activities used to develop datasets.
  • Support communication and coordination with data harvesting providers and assist with the refinement of existing data sources.
  • Design and develop software applying Machine Learning techniques (including Natural Language Processing) for extracting quantitative information and other relevant variables from unstructured data (textual articles publicly available on the web); ensuring a high-quality output through ‘noise’ elimination’ and de-duplication from within the resulting dataset; conduct iterative testing of software.
  • Adapt Machine Learning models to account for multiple language text and drug/crime lexicon.
  • Ensure software’s full text extraction capabilities from relevant internet pages and related sources.
  • Maintain and regularly update the central repository of sources used for ‘web scraping’ activities used to develop datasets.
  • Set up categorial codes creations to convert text into qualitative information; utilize standardized vocabulary to parse expressions which indicate quantitative information.
  • Collaborate with DMP team members working on Platform front end production to define data schemas, including provision of insight on possible data structure changes needed, for automatic uploading of resulting datasets into the Platform and ensure quality assurance prior to Platform visualization.
  • Conduct in-team and inter-section capacity building on data science practices as needed.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

Required degree level
Master degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

Advanced higher degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a relevant area, e.g. data science, statistics, mathematics, computer science and social sciences; a first-level university degree or equivalent in combination with relevant training and/or professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;

Required experience
36 Months
Experience remark

At least 3 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in research methods and applied knowledge of big data analytics and artificial intelligence such as machine learning and data mining is required; experience working in the UN or other international development organization is an asset;

Experience in managing large datasets, software development, including iterative design and execution, and data analysis through programming languages (R or Python);

Knowledge of the concepts related to database management systems, including SQL and coding;

Experience manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, unstructured data from varying sources;

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise
Database design, administration and maintenance
Area of expertise details

Excellent programming, statistical reasoning, analytical, planning and organizational skills;

Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;

Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;

Demonstrated skills in research, communication and project management are an asset;

Ability to communicate complex quantitative analysis in a clear, precise, and actionable manner;

Experience in analytical work based on quantitative methods, preferably in data science methods, drug and or crime data and quantitative analytic approaches (e.g. natural language processing);

Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;

Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; Extensive experience with statistical packages (R and/or Python);

Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;

Have affinity with or interest in drugs, crime and related issues, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Fluency in spoken and written English is required;

Working knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage;

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Competencies values
Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call for to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 28-09-2021
Associate Civil Affairs Officer Int. Specialist MONUSCO Democratic Republic of Congo
VMAM Code
CODR000884-10614
Open

Associate Civil Affairs Officer

Associate Civil Affairs Officer

International Specialist
Host entity
MONUSCO
Country
Democratic Republic of Congo
Location, Country
Bunia (COD)
Language skills
English
French
Expected Starting Date
Immediate
Duration
until 30 June 2022 with possiblity of extension
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task

Reporting to the Civil Affairs Team Leader/Coordinator or designate at the field office level, the UN Volunteer will undertake various tasks, including the following:

  • Maintaining contact with local government authorities, political leaders, traditional leaders, religious leaders, civil society actors, as well as with representatives of local and international organisations and briefing them on the mandate and activities of MONUSCO and CAS mandate if so required.

  • Helping to track, report on and providing analysis on potential threats against civilians and of community conflicts including related political, security, social and economic developments, youth and gender-related issues or any other significant developments to identify trends within the area of responsibility (AOR), and in support of the Mission’s overall protection of civilians’ mandate.
  • Providing technical support and assistance to the CAS team particularly CLAs in strengthening early warning and existing protection mechanisms at the local level.
  • Participating in Joint Assessment Missions and Joint Protection Team in support of protection of civilians and stabilisation activities.
  • Fostering confidence-building, dialogue, understanding and cooperation between parties and assisting local authorities and relevant actors with conflict management and protection of civilians.
  • Engaging with and provide technical assistance and advice to civil society groups or institutions that promote a culture of peace and reconciliation, in support of the Mission’s protection priorities.
  • Collaborating and coordinating relevant activities with other UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, as well as other bodies and institutions, including local and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating at the Provincial, Territorial or other levels of government as required.
  • Supporting the organisation of CAS mandated activities; Providing support to initiatives that build the capacity of local authorities and civil servants.
  • Providing properly edited accurate, timely and factual monthly, weekly and daily, reports on conflict management, protection of civilians and stabilization activities within the area of responsibility based on inputs received from the field bases and CAS FO HQ office. Reporting to adhere to the key aspects of the MONUSCO Civil Affairs mandate, guided by UNSC Resolutions 2559 to assist the protection of civilians and support the stabilisation and strengthening of State institutions in the DRC and key governance and security reforms with emphasis on conflict management and protection of civilians including early warning and interventions at the local and provincial levels.
  • With support from CAS HQ, maintaining a mechanism to track use of Result Based Budgeting (RBB) tools and maintenance of the RBB database; Establishing and maintaining a CAS partners/contacts database.
  • Producing briefs and other analytical reports as required on Protection of Civilians, political developments, peace processes, conflict and insecurity.
  • Working with designated information technology staff to manage Civil Affairs information and produce summary reports; Consolidating alerts and information received and incorporating into a database that produces trends and other summary information;
  • Participating in meetings on behalf of CAS with other UN Agencies, civil society organisations and other partners, both local and international;
  • When working with (including supervising the tasks of) national personnel, governmental or non-governmental counterparts, setting aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring and formal and on-the-job training where and when appropriate.
  • Undertaking other related tasks as directed by line management including the the Team leader/Coordinator, Head of Office or Designate and the Head of the Civil Affairs Section or designate.

Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

University Degree or advanced degree in conflict related studies, political economy and/or any relevant social science discipline;.

Required experience
24 Months
Experience remark

Two to three years of relevant experience in coordination and liaison with partners and stakeholders; community-level dialogue and reconciliation, protection of civilians, development of civil society, or support to state institutions/extension of state authority and key governance and security reforms is a strong plus.

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
Emergency response, immediate relief operations, and post-conflict humanitarian aid operations
Area of expertise details

University Degree or advanced degree in conflict related studies, political economy and/or any relevant social science discipline;

  • Two to three years of relevant experience in coordination and liaison with partners and stakeholders; community-level dialogue and reconciliation, protection of civilians, development of civil society, or support to state institutions/extension of state authority and key governance and security reforms is a strong plus.
  • Experience working in conflict situations in the area of conflict management: prevention, mitigation, resolution an asset.
  • Experience in a combination of good governance, democracy building, and/or civic education is highly regarded.
  • Knowledge management, archiving and documentation Mandatory.

  • Solid computer skills, including full proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word etc.) and other IT applications and office technology equipment.

  • Proven report-writing in the official language of the Mission without the need of further grammatical editing. (for candidate with no fluency in French, please refer to paragraph 14);

  • Analytical skills in relation to political, security, social and economic dynamics

  • Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian relief, post-conflict situations, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

  • Sound security awareness.

  • If deployed in remote locations must the background and experience in the field and managing CAS sub offices in remote team sites.

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Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 26-09-2021