Title: Data Analyst
Domain: Natural Sciences
Organizational Unit: UN World Water Assessment Programme – WWAP
Primary Location: UN WWAP Secretariat, Perugia, Italy
Type of contract: Consultancy
Annual Salary: Middle level
Deadline: 26 February 2017 midnight, Paris time
Duration: 9 month with possibility of extension
Application to be sent to:
OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE CONSULTANT POST
The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) is a United Nations system‐wide effort to develop the tools and skills needed to achieve a better understanding of processes, management practices and policies that help improve the supply and quality of global freshwater resources. Founded in 2000, WWAP is a UNESCO program, which coordinates the production of the World Water Development Report (WWDR), the UN Water flagship’s annual report on water resource‐related issues. WWAP is coordinating the UNWater Task force on Reporting on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that is responsible for reporting on SDG 6 through a Synthesis Report. The SDG 6 Synthesis Report will be launched in May 2018
in time to inform the discussion of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
II. Duties and requirements
Under the overall supervision of the Coordinator of the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme and the direct supervision of Project Manager, the Data Analyst will be supporting the Synthesis Report Drafting Team and receive input and feedback from the UN‐Water Task Force on Reporting on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development coordinated by WWAP. The incumbent will be responsible for the analysis of SDG 6 related data and indicators for the production of the Synthesis Report, including the analysis of other SDG targets and indicators as well. In particular, the incumbent will work on the statistical analysis, comparison and interpretation of data collected through different SDG monitoring mechanisms (UNSD, JMP, GLAAS and GEMI). The candidate is expected to develop general procedures of analysis to be used by Drafting Team and the Task Force. The incumbent will be expected to perform the following essential tasks:
- Collect global and spatially distributed data from different SDG indicators and interpret the interlinkages and trends emerging from statistical analysis;
- Elaborate time series analysis for different indicator and identify regional patterns, as far as possible, and provide the basis possible future scenarios;
- Produce assessment figures and maps about progresses on the achievement of SDG 6 using GIS tools and correlating water data with other SDGs data (e.g., to assess the impact of agricultural activities, deforestation, health policies etc. for different water targets and vice versa);
- Integrate satellite images or data from global hydrological models as appropriate;
- Provide policy relevant information based in the statistical analysis from data provided by UNWater Partners and Members; and
- Perform any other relevant duties assigned.
- Advanced university degree (MSc or equivalent; in the field of statistics, engineering, environmental sciences, economics or hydrology/water management. Experience on managing and analyzing water or other environment related data is required.
- At least five years of experience in working with large scale data analysis and of statistical software packages (SPSS, Stata or R);
- Experience in statistics, hydrological and/or economic analysis, preferably related water resources, at the national, regional and/or international level; and
- Experience working with GIS, numerical models and remote sensing data.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Very good communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely prepare, present and discuss findings on relevant issues; and
- Ability to work in a team and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment and under tight deadlines.
- Excellent knowledge of English.
- PhD will be considered an asset.
- Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks.
- Knowledge of water data systems, hydrological models, Python and/or GIS.
- 9 months, renewable with possibility of extension.
HOW TO APPLY
A) To apply, please fill the UNESCO CV (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/naturalsciences/environment/water/wwap/) and send it, together with a cover letter, by email to . Please label the subject line “Data Analyst”. The deadline is 26/02/2017 at midnight (Paris time). The appointment is contingent on the availability of funding. Only short‐listed candidates will be contacted.
UNESCO DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS.