HR Data Scientist Associate, Rome, Italy

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: WFP Rome

Grade: G-6

Closing date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill the position of Human Resources (HR) Data Scientist Associate G6 based in our HR Technology and Analytics (HRMOI) Branch of the HR Division in WFP Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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.

To be eligible to apply, external applicants must live within commuting distance of the Rome duty station and already possess a valid visa/work permit to live and work in Italy.


This job is in HR Technology and Analytics (HRMOI) Branch of HR Division in WFP Headquarters and reports to the HR Data Scientist. HRMOI Branch of HR Division designs, implements and maintains advanced workforce analytics, reporting solutions and data visualization products by ensuring manual and/or automatic collection, processing, conversion, integration, analysis and visualization of HR and relevant business data from internal and external data sources.


WFP’s HR strategy aims to add significant value to WFP’s capacity to deliver on its mandate by improving decision-making on human capital management. To achieve this, access to quality data, people analytics and technology that can make these decisions easier, more evidence-based, and more measurable are urgently required at all corporate levels, along with right data skills to develop workforce analytics models, metrics and tools with the analytical firepower to correlate workforce data, and predict the impact of workforce-related decisions on the organisation’s goals and performance. The HR Data Scientist Associate will be contributing to the above goal working alongside a diverse team of HRMOI data scientists, data engineers and business analysts.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, nor exhaustive)

Identify, examine, and processes raw data, trends, analysis, and assessments to aggregate disparate information required for HR reporting and analytics.

Generate standard and ad-hoc HR reports, produce and maintain HR analytics dashboards and other Business Intelligence solutions using Tableau or other visualization tools in support of workforce planning, performance management, learning and development, workforce costs, etc.

Analyse and Verify HR Data: research corporate and satellite HR data sources and make any corrections to existing data as needed to ensure accuracy of HR reports and analytics.

Create a Digital Conversion Program: analyse existing HR and other WFP functions‘ systems and create a suitable program/database needed to convert data that feeds HR and corporate reporting, analytical and data visualization solutions.

Create new visualization solutions that support large data sets and analytics methodologies required for combined HR and operational analyses and dashboards.

Maintain HR analytics databases and dashboards and answer any questions users might have regarding the system.

Other responsibilities, as required.

SPECIFIC POST REQUIREMENTS (As required by the Hiring Manager)


Advanced experience in MS excel.

Experience working with multiple disparate data sources.

Experience with data blending, data warehouse and data mining software.


Experience with GIS software.



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Completion of secondary school education.

Certified as Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate or Tableau Desktop Certified Professional.


Fluency (Level C) in English.


Six or more years of progressively responsible work experience, including in Data Visualization .

At least two years of experience developing Data Visualization solutions using Tableau, in particular the use of Tableau for the creation of dashboards, standard reports and ad-hoc reports.

Experience with advanced data visualization topics such as complex calculations, table calculations, parameters, geographic mapping, and performance optimization.

Knowledge & Skills:

Familiar with Data Visualization best practices.

Knowledge and experience working with relational databases (Oracle, SQL Server).

Understanding of data modelling techniques.

A strong commitment to data governance and security.

Excellent client interaction, problem-solving and communication skills.

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 and click on: ‚Our work‘ and ‚Countries‘ to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Applicants must be:

Italian nationals holding a valid passport and/or identity card.

EU citizens holding a valid passport and/or identity card; AND with confirmed registration from the Italian police authorities or Registrar’s Office (Anagrafe).

Non-EU citizens holding a valid Italian Resident Permit ie. Permesso di Soggiorno. For more information on Italian protocol requirements, please refer to

Deadline for applications: 2 December 2020

REF.: VA 130821

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

Candidates must reside within commuting distance of WFP Headquarters at the time of application.

Non-English mother tongue candidates will be required to attend and pass the relevant language testing in English before any confirmation of appointment is issued.

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