Data Specialist

United Nations

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Posting Title: DATA SPECIALIST, P4
Job Code Title: DATA SPECIALIST
Department/Office: United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund – Pension Administration
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 March 2023 – 16 April 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Data Analytics and Management-UNJSPF PA-202420-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Data Analysis Unit within the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive of Pension Administration of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). The Data Specialist reports to the Chief of Section of the Data Analysis Unit. The incumbent will play a substantive role in the execution of pillar 3 (“Develop a Strong Global Partnership Network”) of the Chief Executive of Pension Administration’s strategy for 2021- 2023. The focus of this job is to ensure data quality to generate and communicate data-driven analyses in support of decision-making processes, support strategy development, and manage strategy execution.

Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Data Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:
•Translate organizational needs into analytics and reporting requirements to support decisions, strategies, and workflows with data and information, with a focus on ensuring data quality.
•Identify, analyse, and interpret 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.
•Conduct full data analytics life cycle analysis, including data requirements, activities and design, with a focus on data quality assurance.
•Ensure technically sound execution of data analytics projects.
•Collaborate with colleagues across departments to identify data analytics needs and support
data-driven projects.
•Translate immediate requirements into prototype solutions and oversee their subsequent full implementation, including end-user training.
•Keep track of trends and developments in data analytics best practices, data quality techniques, tools, etc.

Competencies
•Professionalism: Excellent analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, manage, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy. The ability to analyze, model and interpret data in support of decision-making. Adept at queries, report writing and presenting findings. The ability to oversee and quality check work completed by other team members. Takes pride in the work of 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. Show 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.
•Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation 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. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in applied analytics, business intelligence, information management, statistics, project management, stakeholder management or related area is required.

Experience in designing and implementing data quality frameworks and processes is required.

Experience in using data to advance decisions, strategies and execution is required.

Experience in quality assuring data for self-service analytics and data visualization applications (MS Power BI, 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.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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

Special Notice
The UNJSPF is an inter-agency body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1949. The Pension Fund pays benefits in 17 currencies to about 80,000 beneficiaries who reside in more than 190 countries, and services more than 130,000 participants who work in the 25 Member Organizations of the Pension Fund.

Any candidate from a member organization of UNJSPF applying for this post is considered as an internal candidate provided he/she has been appointed through the appointment and promotion procedures applicable in his/her respective organization. The selected candidate is expected to start as soon as possible. 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.
The United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance 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.

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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No Fee
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