UNDP Regional Data Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

UNDP Regional Data Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Technical Management

  • Data Collection and Analysis

  • Knowledge Management, Reporting and Outreach

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Technical Management:

  • Provide specialized technical advice to the Regional Programme Coordinator and senior management on target audience and thematic/geographical direction for Regional Data Hub research products;

  • Based on recent research as well as available data from international development partners, undertake a gap analysis informing the thematic priorities for the Regional Programme for Africa;

  • Manage the development of a research platform with independent capacity for primary data collection, analysis, visualization and reporting;

  • Lead sourcing of high-quality (international and national) experts for database development/maintenance, big data analysis, spatial analysis, and data visualization, as well as specialists in the field of monitoring and evaluation and partnerships management;

  • Develop and maintain close research collaboration with academics, researchers in universities and think tanks, as well as in the UN system;

  • Ensure timely and adequate progress reporting against established priorities and plans.

    Data Collection and Analysis:

  • Use big data and machine learning to identify development trends and options for targeted development interventions;

  • Support development of statistical and econometric models informing primary data collection and analysis by the Data Hub, with highly specialized advice;

  • Inform development of a database for “development intelligence” by database experts;

  • Oversee analysis of primary and secondary data to inform programming of the Regional Programme, regional projects and initiatives;

  • Ensure political and ethical sensitivity in data collection and dissemination of (primary) data to third parties;

  • Produce analytical briefs on selected thematic areas featuring interactive maps, graphs and infographics;

  • Capture and disseminate lessons learnt and best practices to contribute to learning and collective development intelligence beyond the Regional Programme.

    Knowledge Management, Reporting and Outreach:

  • Provide guidance for the creation of static and interactive data visualizations for public awareness raising/a global general audience;

  • Provide strategic direction for the dissemination of research products from the Data Hub, based on the interests of UNDP, UN agencies, international development partners and/or practitioners on the ground;

  • Ensure complementarity of the work of other data (collection /analysis/ reporting) capacities internally and externally;

  • Identify opportunities to expand the dissemination network of research products and engage new consumers of the primary data;

  • Draft op-eds, articles based on data analysis on development trends;

  • Support the development of tailored data-driven external communications products;

  • Use real time analysis of emerging and evolving development trends to support engagements with project partners, the donor community and international organizations, with the objective to inform development programming with primary data.



  • Innovation.

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

  • Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them.


  • Ability to persuade others to follow.

  • Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers.

    People Management.

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

  • Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

  • Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others.


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

  • Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.


  • Teamwork.

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas,
    methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

    Knowledge Management.

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

    Partnership Management.

  • Establishing, maintaining, and utilizing a broad network of contacts. Building partnerships and strategic alliances. Leveraging the resources of partners.

  • Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.


  • Professional competence and mastery of subject matter, including in-depth technical knowledge of development programmes.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

    Planning & Organizing.

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies, identifies priorities and foresees risks through contingency planning.

  • Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

    Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree (Masters' or equivalent) in Economics, Econometrics, Data Visualization, Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences or Monitoring and Evaluation, Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Statistics or other closely related field.


  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in data analysis, data visualization, econometric analysis and research (primary and secondary) in a development context;

  • Practical experience in initiating and coordinating collection of primary data, analysis and reporting of primary data for evidence-based program development;

  • Understanding of the use of big data to conduct diagnostics of development trends;

  • Experience commissioning of projects, ability to collaborate and coordinate with highly technical specialists in the field of quantitative methodologies, data collection, databases and visualization;

  • Proven record of quantitative analytical skills with big datasets and building econometric and statistical models;

  • Proven data analysis skills and working with different types of data (survey data, economic/social data, spatial data);

  • Proven experience in field research from developing robust and sound methodologies for collection of data, overseeing and monitoring implementation of data collection, cleaning, analysis, visualization/ presentation of research results;

  • Proficiency in the use of statistical programs such as R, SAS or STATA, including the use of data visualization packages;

  • Understanding of data innovation methodologies and designing data-based experiments preferred;

  • Proven record of creating (statistic and interactive) and presenting data visualizations and infographics, including the use of software such as Tableu, Chart.js, Adobe (Indesign, Illustrator);

  • Proven record of knowledge of GIS software and spatial data analysis.

  • Outstanding writing, editing and fact-checking skills, as well attention to details;

  • Critical attitude and ability to review/provide comments on knowledge products;

  • Proven political/scientific-ethical sensitivity.

    Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English;

  • Fluency in French is desirable.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Regional Data Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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