Vacancy Details

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Vacancy code VA/2015/B5004/9029
Position title Data Visualization Specialist
Level ICS-10
Department/office ECR, DGC, Development Group Cluster
Duty station New York, United States of America
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Application period 24-Nov-2015 to 21-Dec-2015
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This vacancy is closed.
Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

Background information- ECR

The Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECR) supports UNOPS offices throughout the region through: management, financial and programmatic oversight of global and country-specific portfolios, clusters and operations centres, including hosting services; fund and management advisory services; project implementation; procuring goods and services; and managing human resources.

ECR ensures that projects are executed to the highest standards, providing a shared knowledge base and ensuring that best practices and lessons learned are disseminated between business units and projects across the entire region.

ECR strategy is to:

  • Strengthen UNOPS role in operationalizing the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Strengthen the implementation of ECR global and regional programmes, with revitalized partnerships in infrastructure, procurement and project management.

ECR operates global portfolios from offices in Geneva, Brussels and New York, and country-specific programmes from its operations and project centres located in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries.

Background Information - Development Group Cluster

Based in the New York, the UNOPS Development Group Cluster supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. For example, within the United Nations Development Programme, the Cluster works with the Bureau for Policy and Programme and the Office of South-South Cooperation.

The cluster also supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations in the delivery of project management and implementation services.

Background Information - Job-specific

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, exploring how digital data and real-time analytics can be used to understand and respond to changes in human well-being. To this end, Global Pulse is working to promote awareness of the opportunities Big Data presents for relief and development, forge public-private data sharing partnerships, generate high-impact analytical tools and approaches, and drive broad adoption of useful innovations across the UN System.

Global Pulse operates as a network of Pulse Labs, headquartered in New York with Labs in Kampala and Jakarta, together expertise from UN agencies, governments, academia, and the private sector to research, develop, test and share tools and approaches for harnessing real-time data to support decision-making and policy action. Examples of Global Pulse publications and reports include:, and

Functional Responsibilities

The Data Visualization Specialist will implement data visualization products to communicate applied innovative data projects in collaboration with partners from the UN system, the private sector and academia. The Data Visualization Specialist will provide guidance and support producing visualizations, dashboards and interactive web applications across the Pulse Lab Network - including the labs in Jakarta and Kampala.

Specifically, the incumbent will:

●        Create interactive visualizations and dashboards that synthesize large amounts of information obtained from data science analysis techniques into insights relevant to development/humanitarian subject experts;

●        Define and produce scalable web applications in multiple languages required to use and interact with the software toolkits developed by the engineering team;

●        Perform quick data visualization studies that can help the overall understanding of data sets and problem statements relevant to Global Pulse and UN partners;

●        Produce high quality static and dynamic visual representations to communicate innovation projects and activities;

●        Extract insights from data using visual analytics techniques to support data analysis and modeling;

●        Provide support in developing partnerships and networks, including negotiations with data visualization experts and other technical service providers;

●        Support the communications team in producing relevant communication material including infographics.

●        Participate in meetings and conferences as needed.


UNOPS Core Values/Competencies

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Planning & Organizing
  • Accountability
  • Creativity
  • Client Orientation
  • Commitment to continuous Learning
  • Technological Awareness
Education/Experience/Language requirements


Advanced university degree in Design, Computer Science, Data Science, International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, or other relevant discipline. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible work experience in data visualization, visual design, front-end design or any related discipline.
  • Experience developing user-facing software and user-centered design is required
  • 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 front-end frameworks and libraries like Bootstrap, AngularJS, ReactJS, ember.js. or similar frameworks is required.
  • Knowledge of JavaScript code design patterns.
  • Experience in front-end quality assurance is an asset.
  • Proven ability to manage relationships with partners, including government, universities, UN organizations, NGOs or private sector.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to communicate complex, abstract concepts using both visual and written language.
  • Familiarity with graphic design fundamentals, including branding work.
  • Data journalism experience is an asset.

Other Desirable Skills

  • Experience in humanitarian, development or other public sector work is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the big data for development and data science landscape is an asset.
  • Ability to travel and to accommodate a flexible work schedule. 


Fluency in English and a working knowledge of another UN language.

*Please attach cv and p11 with portfolio link(s).
*Interested consultants are advised to carefully study all the sections of this vacancy details and ensure that they are able to meet the listed working experience requirements and skills by including this relevant information in the narrative of your prior jobs description of duties in the online application.  

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA-2 (retainer)
Contract duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

This vacancy is closed.