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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Jakarta
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Engineering
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2018-01-10

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Jakarta (Indonesia)


UN Global Pulse
Global Pulse is an innovation initiative in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, harnessing today's new world of digital data and real-time analytics to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being. Global Pulse hopes to contribute to a future in which access to better information makes it possible to keep international development on track, protect the world's most vulnerable populations, and strengthen resilience to global shocks. Global Pulse is being implemented as a network of Pulse Labs, bringing together expertise from UN agencies, governments, academia, and the private sector to research, develop, test and share tools and approaches for harnessing real-time data for more effective and efficient policy action.
Pulse Lab Jakarta
Global Pulse established Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ) in 2012 in partnership with the Government of Indonesia. Pulse Lab Jakarta functions as an open innovation space where policy experts together with UN development practitioners and other partners can experiment with new types of data and emerging technologies and evaluate their potential to enhance both public policy decision-making and community resilience.  Following the development of useful approaches, Pulse Lab Jakarta supports institutional adoption of these innovations into policy and practice.
Under the supervision of the Data Scientist, the Data Engineer works closely with PLJ Research team as well as other Pulse Labs in NY and Uganda, accessing and deriving insights from different types of data sets, such as big data, small data and official statistics to solve problems for development and humanitarian action. S/he must be able to work with a variety of data types and various back-end platform for data storage and processing, must be comfortable with the development of efficient software to store and process huge data, and must be adept at both understanding the information content of data and transforming and preparing it for analytical and reporting purposes. 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support the Data Scientist in providing the technical inputs for the design and implementation of projects by preparing data processing environments by reviewing existing solutions for data engineering methods and proposing processing architecture for PLJ research
  • Review commonly used hardware and software for data processing from open source and commercial sector and a list of computing platforms that PLJ already has access to through global and local partnerships as well as the GoI facilities.
  • Identify the best solutions for data engineering in line with the PLJ research plan and given the data types and characteristics of PLJ’s research.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to the design and implementation of projects in the portfolio through consultation with the Government, donors, UN agencies, NGOs/CSOs and other partners.  
  • Support the formulation exercise by facilitating engagement with GoI on a needs assessment and preparing the correct infrastructure for all data related outputs of PLJ. 
  • Assist in conducting analyses of the current technical systems and provide recommendations to PLJ stakeholders including GoI counterparts.
2. Support to the management of the project, including ensuring effective quality assurance and providing technical inputs on PLJ Lab activities as well as effective knowledge transfer and capacity building to GOI counterparts
  • Provide assistance to the effective management of large and strategic national and regional projects in Indonesia by working with the GoI on providing quality technical support in data management and systems integration.
  • Ensure effective application of new technologies that will enable more efficiency within PLJ research
  • Support the objectives of PLJ such as identifying external technical partners and ensuring that the best expertise is available to GoI counterparts 
  • Support the effective knowledge transfer and capacity building of GoI counterparts, UN agencies, donor agencies and other stakeholders to ensure uptake of PLJ prototypes. 
  • Assist in the preparation of project reports for donors.
3. Support to the Data Scientist in reviewing information systems of PLJ partners, including GoI counterparts
  • Review information systems of potential PLJ partners and identify efficient and effective ways of working with external partners
  • Prepare the technical environments to enable data analyses such as consolidate all data related issues into a standard format
  • Assess and understand technical systems and propose solutions for connecting datasets
  • Review the technical systems of stakeholders including GoI counterparts to store, process and analyse datasets
4. Conduct day to day quantitative data analysis, writing back-end side data processing software with PLJ research team 
  • Support the production of Pulse Lab Toolkits across the Global Pulse Lab Network
  • Support knowledge generation and knowledge sharing based on project experiences, and, when appropriate, make contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Actively participate in discussions related to technical aspects of data engineering and analytics as well as the identification of common engineering and processing functionalities with Global Pulse labs.
  • Produce open source standard documents for the toolkit developed.
  • Extract and prepare data for analysis from big and small datasets including from official statistics.
  • Assist to interpret analysis results quantitatively in support of PLJ Research Team.


Core Competencies:
  • Excellent programming skills using script languages such as Python and PHP
  • Good understanding of data engineering and data processing solutions and platform.
  • Fair knowledge of big data, data analysis, and system performance
  • Comfortable in a dynamic and flexible work environment, with an innovative mindset and in a lab environment
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity  
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment 
  • Self-development, initiative-taking, eager to learn new technologies
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork 
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively 
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
  • Informed and transparent decision making
Functional Competencies:   
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Support the preparation of information for advocacy
  • Identifies relevant information for advocacy for a variety of audiences
  • Makes research of contacts in the media, government, private sector, donors, other agencies, civil society in other stakeholders for PLJ’s advocacy efforts
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Contributing to results through provision of information
  • Provides information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration
  • Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals
Building Strategic Partnerships 
Maintaining information and databases
  • Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives
  • Maintains databases of donor information
  • Tracks and reports on mobilized resources
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Implementing processes and uses products
  • Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches
  • Tracks bottlenecks, problems and issues, and proposes solutions
  • Responds positively to new approaches
Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations)
Providing information for resource mobilization strategies
  • Maintains information/databases on potential and actual donors
  • Maintains database of project files
  • Provides data and information needed for preparation of project documents
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Basic research and analysis
  • Researchers best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents innovative strategies and new approaches
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods, and procedures
  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
  • Identifies new and better approaches to work processes and incorporates same in own work
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools, and utilizes these regularly in work assignments
Global Leadership and Advocacy for PLJ’s Goals
Research and analysis
  • Identifies relevant information for advocacy for PLJ’s goals for a variety of audiences
  • Maintains a network of contacts in the media and civil society, for use in PLJ’s advocacy efforts
Client Orientation
Maintains effective client relationships
  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
  • Responds to client needs promptly

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, information systems or a related discipline, involving extensive software engineering and data processing.
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience in public or private sector 
  • Experience in programming with script languages such as Python and PHP and in processing data in an efficient way
  • Good knowledge of computational algorithms and data structure
  • Practical experience with back-end server architecture and data processing
Language Requirements:
Fluency (both oral and written) in English and Bahasa Indonesia 
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP Indonesia reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.? We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP Indonesia at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience, and education requirements.


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