Data Visualization Specialist, Bangkok
Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Office: UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok
Closing date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Description of assignment title: Data Visualization Specialist
Assignment country: Thailand
Expected start date: 03/31/2023
Sustainable Development Goal: 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: UNDP
Duration: 4 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Bangkok
Mission and objectives
UNDP is the lead development agency of the United Nations, working to support countries‘ work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. UNDP has more than 50 years of experience leading the UN’s development work, providing knowledge, practical expertise, and a legacy of trust. UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, and to do that in a way which also reduces inequality and exclusion, and avoids wrecking the ecosystems on which life depends.
UNDP set out on an ambitious mission in the Strategic Plan 2022-2025 to significantly advance the future of development and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. UNDP is supporting countries towards three directions of change:
Structural transformation: including green, inclusive and digital transitions.
Leaving no-one behind: a rights-based approach centered on empowerment, inclusion, equity, human agency and human development.
Building resilience: strengthening countries and institutions to prevent, mitigate and respond to crisis, conflict, natural disasters, climate and social and economic shocks. UNDP’s new Strategic Plan aims to make UNDP more agile and anticipatory, including by investing in data and analytics, early warning and horizon scanning, in line with UNDP’s Data Strategy As the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System, UNDP serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. Within the GPN, the Crisis Bureau guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response, and recovery. The Crisis Bureau aims to ensure that UNDP is well-positioned to anticipate crises and shocks, and address multidimensional crisis risks in a comprehensive way. To that end the Crisis Bureau has developed the Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD), a platform that facilitates integrated risk analysis by drawing from diverse quantitative and qualitative data. Increasingly, these CRDs are being co-designed by UNDP in partnership with different UN agencies, aiming to serve crisis-related data and analysis needs of regional and country-based teams. A regional CRD for Asia-Pacific is currently being prototyped, alongside several country-based CRDs for the region. Support the development of the Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD) tool for the Asia Pacific region, in close collaboration with UNDP Country Offices and Regional Hubs, as well as UN RC Offices when relevant.
Provide support to relevant UN/UNDP teams in the region in the development of new or existing country- and region-specific CRDs.
Support regional and country offices with risk model development, indicator identifica-tion, data mapping and data visualisation
Ensure regular technical support and solutions to the regional CRD and country specific CRDs.
Under the direct supervision of both the Crisis Risk and Early Warning Specialist in UNDP Crisis Bureau and the Regional Programme Specialist for Asia and Pacific in the Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention / UNDCO, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
Build and integrate data pipelines, ETL processes, data input methods, for complete deployment of Crisis Risk Dashboards in the Asia Pacific region;
Develop customized visualization dashboards using Tableau-based CRD architecture and stack.
Age: 27 - 80
Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in Data Visualization with Tableau; Strong knowledge of best practices for data visualization and dashboards; Experience with the Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) process and its implementa-tion and building and deploying data pipelines; Experience managing information and producing analytical products in international development or humanitarian context as well as relevant experience within the UN system is highly desirable; Project management to ensure timely delivery of knowledge products.
Area(s) of expertise
English, Level: Fluent, Required
Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Data Science, Data Engineering, Statistics
Competencies and values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Client Orientation, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams.
Living conditions and remarks
Bangkok allowed basic living needs, including accommodation, banking facilities, medical facilities and telecommunications/internet services are readily available. All staple foods can be found in the markets, eg: rice, meat, vegetables, fruit, cooking oil, salt, etc. Many imported goods are available in Bangkok and other places throughout Thailand. Bangkok has many good restaurants with good health standards and most guesthouses provide food. In Thailand the most used means of transportation are taxi or local bus (and, in Bangkok, the elevated train service). Mobile phone is the most dependable tool to be in-touch with colleagues and friends. Internet service is readily available and affordable at most apartment complexes. ATMs are everywhere in Thailand and Western cards can usually be used to withdraw Thai Baht.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy
Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1678305406325