Other United NationsNew York City, New York, US
In line with the Secretary-General’s Strategy on New Technologies and United Nations’ calls for data-driven decision-making, the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) is striving towards a more systematic evidence-based culture. In this context, data-related innovation, including data storytelling and data visualization, are key areas to improve the Department’s mandate delivery on peace and security.
As one of the primary suppliers of in-depth analysis on threats to international peace and security, DPPA produces vast amounts of data. This data is internally analyzed, and relevant conclusions are presented to the Security Council, General Assembly, partner organizations and other stakeholders in the form of briefings, reports, notes and senior-level statements. These communication products form an important foundation upon which decisions are taken at the highest levels of Member States and United Nations bodies. DPPA, therefore, needs to ensure the most relevant data is selected, interpreted accurately and visualized in a clear, digestible and comprehensible manner.
In this regard, the integration of creative, modern, and interactive data visualizations techniques into DPPA’s communication and analytical products offers significant opportunities. Initial efforts to utilize infographics, interactive data viz, maps, satellite imagery, geospatial information, and other tools have been met with positive feedback from key stakeholders and provided additional impetus to further strengthen the Department’s capacities in this area.
Scope of work:
The Consultant will assume a range of duties to develop and nurture a data and evidence-based culture as well as a human-centered design approach when it comes to the development of new products within the Department. Across all activities, it is paramount that the Consultant works closely with colleagues from the different divisions of DPPA. Specifically, tasks will include:
- Create data-driven products, such as data-visualizations and data storytelling outputs, that translate large amounts of information based on modern data science analysis techniques into insights relevant to DPPA.
- Perform data exploration and analyses of various data sets (structured and unstructured data) relevant to DPPA, as well as experiment with new methodological and analytical approaches.
- Develop data foresight activities and use future-oriented approaches to challenge DPPA practices and build new frameworks in an integrated way.
- Strengthen relationships with other UN entities working on visual analytics and coordinate projects as relevant.
- Provide guidance on data and human-centered design for DPPA staff, including training and guidance material as needed.
- Perform other activities related to data and human-centered design as needed.
Education and work experience:
Advanced university degree in Design, Computer Science, Data Science, International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, or other relevant discipline required. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
A minimum of two years of experience in information visualization, information design, or a related discipline.
In addition to the UN core competencies, the following qualifications are sought:
- Strong ability to conceptualize data needs for complex storytelling.
- Experience with working with a diverse team and being able to parse through large amounts of information in order to create simplified and clear designs;
- Experience working with structured and unstructured data, including text mining.
- Experience cleaning data and creating user friendly data sets.
- Experience in web-application front-end development is required.
- Experience in web-application back-end development is an asset.
- Familiarity with publicly available humanitarian, development and political data sources is an asset.
- High-level of motivation and entrepreneurial spirit.
- Experience using visualization libraries and software like with D3.js, Crossfilter/dc.js, Leaflet.js, Processing/P5.js, CartoDB or Mapbox or similar software is required.
- Experience with Adobe Creative Suite is required
- Experience with front-end frameworks and libraries like Bootstrap, AngularJS, ReactJS, ember.js. or similar frameworks is an asset.
- Data journalism experience is an asset.
- Fluency in English required. Working knowledge of French or another UN official language is an asset.
This is a part-time consultancy.
To apply, please send your portfolio (link or PDF), and short CV to:
waehlisch(at)un.org and benjamin.cutivet(at)un.org