Data Scientist for Job Monitor Project

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Beirut, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th June, 2021

Job Description

The objective of this contractual service is to contribute to the development of the Job Monitor software tool to enhance economic and social analysis of job markets in the Arab region. The preliminary description of this tool is mentioned in the Annex below. The narrow objective for the incumbent is handle the data scraping and the user interface.

The desired tool will feature the following functionalities :

  •  Scraping static online data
  • Disaggregate the jobs of the future into sectors, subsectors, regions, years of experience, salary, occupation, primary skills, secondary skills over time. This can be presented as a dynamic feature for end users.
  • Dynamic Disaggregate traditional jobs in the same manner as point 1.
  •  Monitor the change of traditional skills and see how skills are changing for the same job due to automation/ technology. In other words, check the evolution of the skill sets of a given job.
  •  Forecast the growth of certain skills, jobs, sectors, career paths and regions overtime. Under the trend analysis tab, a forecast option could be included.
  •  Provide evidence of the skills mismatch between demanded jobs and school attainments.
  •  Comparative analysis between nations/subnational regional/sub regional, etc.
  •  Possibility of adding new data sources.
  •  Operate seamlessly with continuously updated live data.
  •  Provide reports and export data according to job classification categories.


  • The duration of the contract is for 9 months, starting from the signature date of the contract.


  • The world is currently experiencing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With this transition, the velocity of change and the sheer number of innovations are unprecedented. This revolution will inevitably eliminate many current lines of work yet has the capacity to bring in new lines of employment. The agility of this revolution makes the jobs of the future difficult to predict using traditional techniques. Given this background, this project will tackle three main issues:
  •  The lack of timely information to monitor the dynamism of the labor market needs;
  •  The mismatch between human capital accumulation and labor market demand;
  • Labor market policies and regulations are mostly outdated and unprepared for the impact of automation on jobs in most ESCWA countries.
  • Almost all countries in the region are still heavily reliant on costly household/establishment survey data which is not carried out periodically. To assess job market policies, skill sets for newly created job categories that are and will continue to come about from the Fourth Industrial Revolution must be surveyed in a more innovative way. Without a new monitoring technique, information on the impact of technological change on available skill sets cannot be properly assessed. One finding that we can build on conventional survey (household establishment) results is that workers with higher educational attainment are expected to benefit the most from jobs in the formal sector if high-quality education is made available and better job market matching schemes are put in place. Looking at the ESCWA region, educational attainment over the past three decades, during which the region excelled in primary and secondary education (mid-skills), suggests that the population does not necessarily have adequate skills for newly created jobs. Also, in the absence of up-to-date and active labor market policies, the mismatch between market demand (especially in the formal sector) and education is translated into higher informal sector activities in most ESCWA countries.
  • This project is expected to provide a forum for ESCWA countries to prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR) while factoring in the number of jobs needed between now and the attainment of the 2030 Agenda. The key aim is to support ESCWA States for the upcoming change in jobs and skills due to technological advancements taking place while considering the national characteristics. Ultimately, we will help member states harness job opportunities emerging from the advent of newer technologies, while taming challenges to attain outcomes stated in SDG-8
  • support member states sustain economic growth (8.1), reach high levels of economic productivity (8.2), promote productive activities (8.3), attain full productive employment and decent work for all (8.5) and reduce the number of youth not in employment, education or training (8.6).


  • Academic Qualifications: A university degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics, economics or any related field.

Experience: At least 3-5 years of experience in data collection, data mining and classification, and data visualization.

 Technical expertise:

  •  Strong problem-solving skills with an emphasis on product development.
  •  Experience using statistical computer languages (R, Python, SLQ, SPSS, STATA etc.) to manipulate data and draw insights from large data sets.
  • Experience with python in with following python packages: Selenuim, BeautifulSoup, Scrapy and Flask.
  •  Experience with dashboard presentation of KPIs/Metrics/Insights based on data analysis off and online/realtime collected datasets.
  •  Experience in data visualization using python or R with the following packages (Matplotlib, ggplot, plotly, JSCharting, RCharts) and other interactive data visualization tools.
  •  Knowledge in UX design using CSS, Javacsript, HTML , d3.js and other related packages specifically for React applications.
  •  Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (clustering, bagging, decision tree learning, artificial neural networks, data mining, data analysis, etc.).
  •  Knowledge in building web applications using React, Node.js, MongoDB and Express.
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  •  Experience in working in remote global teams with the ability to clearly communicate technical details to relevant audiences.
  •  Experience and passion for a fast-paced agile environment and delivering functional perfection in short time windows.
  •  Familiarity in professional software engineering practices & standard methodologies for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations, is a plus.
  •  Experience in working for International Non-governmental organizations such as INGOs, UN bodies and other relevant structures is desired.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA.
  • For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken both English and Arabic is required.


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