Job Opening

Posting Title: Data Scientist (Substantive IT Projects), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: DATA SCIENTIST
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 06 December 2021 - 04 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Data Analytics and Management-ESCWA-170043-J-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA unescwa.org) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United
Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

This position is located in the Information and Communications Technology Section (ICTS) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA - unescwa.org). The incumbent will report directly to the Chief of ICTS.

ESCWA is searching for an experienced Econometrician and/or Data Scientist to act as a substantive advisor for IT data solutions projects related to the development of substantive/research and/or data-centered digital solutions. The successful candidate will also be expected to manage some high-level data solutions projects assigned to them by the Chief of ICTS. In keeping with this overarching aim, the Data Scientist will be required to coordinate with substantive clusters on their technological needs to develop portals, interactive tools, and digital solutions to meet their needs and ensure that the final products delivered by these projects are meaningful from a substantive point of view. The Data Scientist will outline work requirements, assign tasks to junior staff, and monitor performance within the team. The Data Scientist will also harness their mastery of Data Science to consult on various aspects of these and other relevant projects.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Data Scientist will be responsible for the following duties:

• Liaise with substantive clusters to interpret, apply and, as necessary, translate econometric models and other economic and social models to computing code designs to maintain and validate the results relating to determination of trends, patterns, relationships, and analysis on the effects of alternative policies and assumptions as per the original econometric/economic/social models;
• Designing and working with IT data engineers and data analysts on building data products, such as intelligent visualizations, data models, big data solutions, and/or AI/ML algorithms for initial simulations or prototypes and subsequent ingestion into mainstream software applications;
• Reviews various data sources and data quality issues for relevant data-driven projects on economic and social portals with the aim of validating relevance of data sources and automating the data pipeline for all data pipes in the portal;
• Formulating, suggesting, and managing select IT data-driven projects which are geared at furthering the ESCWA’s substantive interests;
• Working with data engineers to collate and clean data from various entities leveraging ETL capabilities for later use by Data Scientists and other data stakeholders/users;
• Cross-validating models to ensure their generalizability and suitability for transformation into useable form in portals built by the Section;
• Producing and disseminating non-technical reports that detail the successes and limitations of each project from a substantive and technical perspective.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:
Knowledge of the data analysis life cycle from ingest and wrangling to analysis and visualization to present findings. Excellent knowledge of statistical and computational methods, such as clustering, classification, correlation, dimension reduction, forecasting, machine learning, detecting outliers, and regression. Takes pride in the work for the organization and understands the impact that can be brought into the organization by allowing data-driven and evidence-based decisions. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

CLIENT ORIENTATION:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Econometrics/Economics, Data Science, Computer Science, Information Management, Statistics, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in economics/econometrics, statistics, data science, data analytics, applied mathematics, information management or related area is required.

A minimum of five years of experience with econometric and economic modeling software i.e. STATA, eViews, GAMS, etc. is desirable.

Experience with the development of digital economic portals/products aimed at supporting national and international policy making is desirable.

Experience is the use of technologies supporting data science solutions relevant to economic and social issues is desirable.

Experience in devising and overseeing data-centered projects is desirable.

Experience in managing, supervising and mentoring staff is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is working language at ESCWA. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Note: "Fluency" equals a rating of 'fluent' in all four areas (speak, read, write, and 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

• This position is temporarily available for a period of six months, subject to extension based on the availability of funds/post. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

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• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

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• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

• 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.

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.

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