Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Global Technical Team (GTT) in the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), Vienna. The incumbent reports to the DevOps/QA Team Lead under overall supervision of the Chief of GTT.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Data Engineer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Manage individual projects regarding the optimal extraction, transformation, and loading of data from a wide variety of sources into data pipelines, as well as the creation and maintenance of data catalogues
• Manage individual projects regarding architecture of cloud-based applications, as well as the maintenance, security, optimal costing, and proper working of the applications.
• Design and develop solutions for data-related technical problems and data infrastructure needs surfaced by Executive, Analytics and Design teams
• Manage the identification, design, and implementation of internal process improvements: automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery, re-designing architecture for greater scalability, cost optimization, security improvements
• Deploy resources to extract data features from complex datasets for data scientists and data analysts
• Manage the implementation of changes to systems to ensure compliance with data governance, protection, privacy, and security requirements
• Stay available for overtime and on-call assignments, depending on the needs of service.
• Perform functions of Team Lead (Officer in Charge) in his/her absence, such as capacity planning, recruitment tasks and budgeting.
• Guide, train, and supervise other staff and individual contractors.
• Facilitate delivery of infrastructure solutions to ensure efficient DGACM business processes.
• Professionalism: Knowledge of data analysis life cycle from ingest and wrangling to analysis and visualization to present findings. Knowledge of best practices and IT operations in an always-up, always-available service. Knowledge of Agile Software Development methodologies. Strong analytic skills related to working with unstructured datasets. Ability in managing and communicating data warehouse plans to internal clients. Excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills. Working knowledge of message queuing, stream processing, highly scalable ‘big data’ data stores, cloud infrastructures, automated deployments, and security. Process oriented with great documentation skills. Ability to convey complex / difficult DevOps topics in a relatable manner. 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, as well as cloud-based infrastructure and deployments. 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Judgement/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, data management, information systems, information science or a related quantitative field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in data management, integration, modeling, optimization, and other relevant areas is required.
A minimum of five years of experience in Azure cloud-based infrastructure management is required.
A minimum of five years of experience with MS-SQL database programming language is required.
A minimum of three years of experience using automated infrastructure deployment tools (Infrastructure as Code) such as Terraform or Azure Resource Manager templates is required.
A minimum of one year of experience in designing data integration and pipeline architectures which must include ingesting data through different methods such as message queues, database connections, flat files, REST, or specific API’s, is required.
Experience supporting cross-functional teams and collaborating with stakeholders in support of analytics initiatives is required.
Experience in the Azure DevOps tool chain and the deployment of data pipelines is required.
Experience in delivering data use cases using Azure Data Factory is desirable.
Experience working with self-service analytics applications like Microsoft PowerBI and others for data discovery is desirable.
Training and practical experience with the PRINCE 2 methodology is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
Appointment against this position is for an initial period of one year and renewal therefore subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.
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