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Junior Data Consultant - Data Analyst

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

IT, Data Science
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.

Job title: Junior Data Consultant - Data Analyst

Type of contract: Regular Consultancy

Division: OIGA

Duty station: Rome HQ, Italy

Duration: 11 months


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We aspire to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. Within WFP the Office of Internal Audit (OIGA) conducts internal audit and other assignments in order to provide assurance to the Executive Director on risk management, governance and control processes.


1. Assist in the design, development, test, and maintenance of OIGA’s database;

2. Assist in the identification of diverse data sources within the organization’s IT ecosystem, and in the creation and maintenance of data pipelines to feed OIGA’s database;

3. Identify solutions to improve data integration, reliability, efficiency, and quality;

4. Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements for automating manual activities, optimizing data delivery, and re-designing infrastructure for greater scalability;

5. Understand and interpret data, analyse results using statistical techniques, and provide ongoing reports that inform oversight activities;

6. Assist specific oversight assignments with analytical products, including quantitative approach to risk assessments, computation of key risk indicators, and sample selections;

7. Help in developing procedures for continuous risk assessment and continuous auditing;

8. Help in identifying potential use of advance data techniques, such as machine learning, to solve analytical problems within the oversight landscape of activities.


Queries, scripts, and dashboards developed during the activities will be stored in OIGA’s source code repository, together with the associated detailed documentation. If called to assist with internal audit activities, the consultant will: (a) agree with the audit supervisor on the audit approach and methodology at the planning phase; (b) execute the audit programs and audit tests under the guidance of the OIGA team leader, working on a remote basis; and (c) finalize audit conclusions.



University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in one of the following disciplines: Data Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Astrophysics, or a related field.


  • At least 12 months of relevant experience as a Data Analyst, Data Scientist, and/or Data Engineer, either in a professional role or in advanced academic studies with direct Data Science applications.
  • Experience writing scripts in the context of Data Science.
  • Experience with visualization tools for Data Science.
  • Experience with databases and data modelling.
  • Experience in ETL design and implementation.
  • Desirable: Experience in Data Analysis applied to audit and oversight activities.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Deep knowledge of Python and/or R.
  • Deep knowledge of SQL.
  • Excellent knowledge of data visualization techniques and tools (e.g. matplotlib, ggplot, Tableau), with strong visualization skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of OLTP databases and data modelling techniques, applied to structured and unstructured sets of data.
  • Ability to design and implement ETL processes.
  • Knowledge of Machine Learning algorithms and tools.
  • Analytical skills and ability to collect, organize, analyse, and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to understand key risk indicators, trends, and emerging risks that could impact WFP operations.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Client/service oriented, ability to understand needs formulated by non-technical staff.
  • Comfortable in a rapidly changing environment, with competing and shifting priorities.
  • Desirable: Experience analyzing data to support audit and oversight activities.
  • Desirable: Ability to write technical papers, reports, or documents, and to map processes.


  • Fluency (C level) in oral and written English.
  • Desirable: Intermediate knowledge (B level) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language).

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 the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 18 September 2023

Ref.: VA No. 829271

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.