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Date de publication 07.05.2024

JPO - Data Analyst (French nationals only) - Rome, Italy

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Junior Professional Officer (JPO)

Data Analyst

Data Services (TECX), Technology Division

WFP HQ Rome, Italy


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is a highly prestigious, reputable and the world's largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

We are currently seeking for a Junior Professional Officer to fill the position of Data Analyst within the Data Services branch of WFP's Technology Division based in Rome, Italy.


Technology and connectivity are rapidly reaching some of the most vulnerable people and places affected by crisis, but they are also increasingly expanding to the services responding to those same crises. As one of the main humanitarian actors, WFP has the opportunity and the obligation to leverage data and technology to better know and serve those in need by digitally transforming the way it works. Data and technology are indeed helping WFP reach vulnerable people more quickly and effectively. Data is a key enabler and the ability to collect, safely store, govern, manage, and transform data to support better decision making for WFP activities and foster new innovations.

The Technology Division (TEC) has embarked on a transformation journey to become a flexible, customer-centric, digital leader. Data Services is a foundation stone of the WFP plan aimed at enabling the business to make data-driven decisions to inform strategic direction, analysing the success of initiatives and impact of WFP operations while ensuring data security and privacy.


  • Title of Post: Data Analyst
  • Grade: P-2
  • Supervisor: Chief of Data Services
  • Unit: Data Services, TECX
  • Division/Country Office: TEC/HQ
  • Duty Station: Rome, Italy
  • Duration of assignment: Two years

Note: The position is advertised through WFP's Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme sponsored by the Government of France and is for FRENCH NATIONALS ONLY.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Data Services, the JPO Data Analyst will have the following responsibilities:

  • Develop process improvement mechanisms for data analytics tasks.
  • Acquire and clean data from primary or secondary sources and maintain databases/data systems.
  • Implement databases, data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality.
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns, using basic machine learning techniques, statistical methods to identify relevant features and variables in structured sources of information and data.
  • Track and report on progress regarding department-specific data initiatives.
  • Develop reports, dashboards, or other tools to effectively summarize findings and convey information to management.


  • The Data Analyst executes the data analyses required for various decision-making processes. Using a range of data tools and products, the Data Analyst processes and analyzes data to support the generation of strategic insights.


  • Advanced university degree in computer science, data science, analytics, statistics, information management, public administration, management or a related field.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant working experience in applied analytics, business intelligence, information management, statistics, project management, stakeholder management or related area is required.
  • Experience in using data to advance decisions, strategies and execution is required.
  • Experience with self-service analytics and data visualization applications (MS PowerBI, Qlik, Tableau or similar), or business intelligence tools and cloud platforms such as Google, AWS and Microsoft and their AI tools is required.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Behavioral competencies: leads by example with integrity, drives results and delivers on commitments, fosters inclusive and collaborative teamwork, applies strategic thinking, builds, and maintains sustainable partnerships.


The ideal candidate would also possess:

  • Exposure to the international arena either by direct work for an international institution/organization; or, if working for a national entity, by way of interacting with international stakeholders.
  • Intermediate level of one or more of the following official languages: French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese.
  • WFP's international professionals are required to serve in various locations around the world during their career (including in hardship duty stations); willingness to be mobile would maximise opportunities for long-term retention into the Organization.
  • Experience in tools managing version control, such as Git, is highly desirable.
  • Experience with database or programming languages (SQL, Python, R) is desirable.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, manage, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy. The ability to analyse, model, and interpret data in support of decision-making, and convey information succinctly to management


The guidance and supervision provided to the JPO will be based on regular daily interaction, yearly work plan stating activities and expected outputs, and attending technical meetings and workshops.

The JPO will familiarize themselves with their role and responsibilities by way of closely working with the Chief of Data Services and the related team, as well as other WFP divisions, as needed. This will enable the incumbent to gain more knowledge and experience in specific operations as well as enable him/her to have a hands-on approach to the various projects, their development, implementation and eventual roll-out. All of this in-line with WFP's policies, procedures, and guidelines throughout.


Most training and learning will present itself through the incumbent's full involvement in projects and operations and in conjunction with his/her supervisor. A thorough induction at the beginning of the assignment would provide a highly useful introduction of the data and products team and its mandate and role in the humanitarian community. In addition, close collaboration and working relationships with colleagues specialised in data will ensure that the JPO is familiarised with the various aspects of WFP operations globally.


At the end of the two-year assignment, the JPO should have obtained:

  • Very good knowledge of strategic importance of data and how to achieve data objectives using DOTs, data visualization applications (MS PowerBI, Qlik, Tableau, or similar), or business intelligence tools and cloud platforms such as Google, AWS and Microsoft and their AI tools.
  • Good skills in developing processes and tools to monitor and analyse model performance and data accuracy.
  • Familiarity with framework for adoption of solutions and building communities.
  • Good general understanding of WFP's overall operations and activities.

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 9 June 2024 (11:59 PM Rome time)

Ref. VA: 832780


These are the common standards of behavior that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships
Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behavior are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.

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.

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