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Data Scientist

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-13

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles


Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance



Job title: Data Scientist


Type of Contract: Junior Consultant


Division: SCOO – Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Unit


Duty Station (City, Country): Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Duration: 6 months with possible extension 






The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline humanitarian agency addressing hunger and malnutrition worldwide. WFP tackles poverty and hunger through a range of interventions: saving lives and protecting livelihoods in emergencies; investing in the prevention and mitigation of disasters; restoring and rebuilding lives and livelihoods in post-conflict or post-disaster situations; and other interventions to tackle hunger. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in over 80 countries.

With a strong focus on end-to-end planning, visibility, and optimization, the Supply Chain Planning & Optimization unit (SCOO) works intensively with colleagues in the field and headquarters to make sure everyone has a holistic view of each operation, from Logistics to Resource Management and from Nutrition to Donor Relations. Once everyone agrees on what is going on, analytical tools are deployed to anticipate issues down the line and support the creation of supply chain plans / what-if scenarios to address them. Through this pro-active approach, WFP decision makers can make more integrated, evidence-based decisions that improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of our operations.

Recognizing the experience of WFP in these areas, Governments and Organizations in the Health Sector have started approaching WFP’s Supply Chain Planning Unit with requests for technical assistance to support on some of the most complex Health Supply Chain operations in the world.

The Consultant will support the development of pragmatic analytical solutions for existing SC Planning & Optimization Projects related to the assistance WFP is providing to the humanitarian health sector.






  1. Support the development of pragmatic analytical solutions for WFP’s partners in the humanitarian health sector.
  2. Engage with humanitarian partners to explore how WFP’s expertise and analytical solutions can be used to better plan and optimize their supply chains, with a strong focus on the Health sector.
  3. Deep-dive on business requirements with relevant teams to understand data availability, business drivers (KPIs), and evaluate further optimization opportunities.
  4. Support progress against project milestones to help ensure timely completion of project deliverables.
  5. Recommend system and/or process enhancements to further improve supply chain performance.
  6. Support the rollout of analytical solutions through training of field users and creation of training material.
  7. Support conceptual and quantitative analyses of prioritized supply chain improvement








Master’s degree or equivalent in the field of Data Science, Operations Research, Management Science, Business Analytics, or Engineering


Experience and competencies:


At least one year of working experience in the area of data science

Prior experience with the development of data pipelines (e.g. ETL, APIs,

etc.) is preferred

Prior experience with consultancy-type activities (e.g. business analysis, process mapping, data extraction and analysis, presenting to senior management, etc.) is preferred

Prior experience in SC-related industry (e.g. supporting S&OP, material planning, warehouse management, distribution planning, etc.) is preferred

Prior experience working with governments, UN agencies, and/or NGOs is preferred


Knowledge and Skills:


Advanced use of Microsoft Excel and experience working with data visualization tools (e.g. Tableau).

Proficiency in an object-oriented programming language is required, with a strong preference for Python.

Familiarity with typical WFP data science technology (Pandas, Spark, Palantir Foundry, JS, Typescript, etc.) is a bonus.

Strong analytical abilities (quantitative and qualitative), with the ability to think outside the box.

Balance complexity and idealism with pragmatism.

Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to perform in a multi-functional and multi-cultural team.

Strong time management skills with the ability to plan and anticipate requirements, problems, and obstacles.

Preserve focus and commitment to generate content on short notice, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance

Committed and motivated to achieve the objectives of WFP.




Verbal and written fluency in English




Terms and Conditions


WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.


Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


Deadline for applications: 13 August 2021


Ref.: VA No. 144104




Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply


WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status



No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil

Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations

system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.


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