Posting Title: Data Science Assistant – Temporary, G6 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: DATA SCIENCE ASSISTANT
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 09 February 2023 – 10 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Data Analytics and Management-UNODC-201659-J-Vienna (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Laboratory and Scientific Services (LSS), Drugs, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch (DLSSB), Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Scientific Affairs Officer within the portfolio of the United Nations Laboratory led by the Scientific Affairs Officer, United Nations Laboratory/(LSS), and with the overall guidance of the Chief Drugs, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch (DLSSB). For more information on UNODC, please visit www.unodc.org
Within assigned authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties: 1. Serve as a focal point for substantive coordination, monitoring and implementation of the Laboratory and Scientific Services activities related to the data processes of the UNODC Early Warning Advisory and web-based portals of the International Collaborative Exercises and their related databases:
- Contribute to the preparation of responses to requests for exploration, identification, and acquisition of data sources to determine their suitability for use in decision making and advancing the goals of the organization. Liaise with other team members to address requests.
- Support more senior staff in maintaining a working relationship with key clients to leverage the use of data science methods to support their programmatic areas through solutions built by the team and by providing communication through channels such as meetings, email and other means.
- Contribute to the provision of client training and developing products, tools and processes to extend the capabilities of client offices.
- Adjust customized visualization and presentation products to reveal the findings of analysis for clients.
- Prepare data sets upon request; respond to queries/requests and maintain/update web pages. 2. Conduct applied research activities:
- Contribute to the preparation of input for the design and development of data science products and provide an understanding or knowledge of the data through the application of analytical methods such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics, data and text mining, natural language processing, statistics, and use of relevant algorithms and computational approaches.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of data visualisations for web based portals of LSS as well as for reports and alerts.
- Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Has ability to interpret and analyze a wide variety of data, identify and resolve data discrepancies. Is able to use internal and external data sources. Has knowledge of visualization, machine learning/AI, statistical methods, Data Science tools, Statistical Programming Languages and Tools for large datasets. 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. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent is required.
Job – Specific QualificationPassing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite, i.e. is required, for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. The GGST is a proctored entry-level examination at the duty station. Any travel expenses incurred in order to take the examination are the responsibility of the candidate and will not be reimbursed by the Organization. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of experience in data science, data analytics, applied mathematics, information management, or related area is required. Experience in chemistry and related subjects is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis position is temporarily available for 6 months with the possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. 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. This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. Education qualification exceeding the specified requirement of this job opening including university degrees and certificates shall not give rise to additional entitlements or benefits, or facilitate a move to the Professional category. The movement of staff members from the General Service and related categories to the Professional category in the United Nations Secretariat is exclusively allowed through the Young Professionals Programme competitive examinations. Only a few staff members pass the competitive examinations. Passing the competitive examinations does not guarantee movement to the Professional category. For further information, please visit https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=GP
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