Junior Data Engineer

Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th October, 2021

Job Description


  • The Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) is responsible for ensuring FAO's efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist Members to prepare for, and respond to emergencies. OER ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with World Food Programme of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. OER supports food and nutrition security assessment and early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. OER plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization's programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises.

Technical Focus

  • Under the overall guidance of the OER Senior Technical Officer and the OER Needs Assessment Team Leader, and under the direct technical supervision of the OER Data Manager, the Junior Data Engineer will manipulate the datasets and prepare them for the visualization on the dashboards. In addition, he/she will support the different data workflows for the COVID-19 data facility, covering the various phases, including acquisition, quality control, cleaning, analysis, visualization, storage and sharing.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Junior Data Engineer will:

  • Support the implementation of data pipelines for the COVID-19 data facility and geospatial Hub and collaborate on the development of the geospatial Hub and related ESRI Apps;
  • Support the timely processing of structured, unstructured, and semi-structured data, including data workflows harmonization and standardization among datasets coming from different countries or data collection rounds;
  • Restructure datasets and develop and implement scripts to transform data into the appropriate format in order to feed in the Covid-19 data facility; 
  • Create and maintain a GIS reference of administrative boundaries for the countries involved in the monitoring project;
  • Create and maintain metadata for all datasets derived from surveys (both microdata and aggregated layers);
  • Develop, construct, test and maintain data architectures and align it with business requirements;
  • Support the implementation of data visualization solutions;
  • Identify data-related tasks that can be automated and develop appropriate procedure;
  • Perform other related duties, as requested.


Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Machine Learning, GIS & Remote Sensing, Statistics, or related field;
  • At least 1 year of experience in data management applied to the humanitarian and development context or socioeconomic research;
  • Language requirements for Consultants: Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other languages of the Organization (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or Russian);

Language requirements for PSAs: Working knowledge of English.


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