ICT Specialist - Software Development [Back-end Software Developer]

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 17 July 2020

Job Description

Functional Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Senior Programme Manager and Chief Data Scientist, the contractor will design and build back-end frameworks and associated software design paradigms for complex data analysis based on natural language processing to support the monitoring and achievement of the Global Goals.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop the server-side logic as well as the development and maintenance of the central database, ensuring high responsiveness and performance to requests from the frontend;
  • Integration of user-facing elements developed by a front-end developer with server-side logic;
  • Build reusable code and libraries for future use;
  • Optimization of applications for maximum speed and scalability;
  • Implementation of security and data protection;
  • Design and implementation of data storage solutions and the integration of multiple databases and data sources into a single system;
  • Develop new features, identify and fix bugs, improve the user experience, and commit code as directed by the project leads;
  • Tune performance and assist in scaling the data platform, including transitioning to new caching and indexing technologies like MongoDB and redis;
  • Increase test coverage and performance of backend APIs and backend modules.
Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced Degree preferably in Computer Science, Engineering or related field.
  • Two (2) additional years of relevant work experience, in combination with a relevant first level university (bachelor’s degree or equivalent), may substitute for the requirement of a master’s degree.

Required experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated software development experience with back-end programming language (such as PHP, Ruby Java, Django, Apache, Linux, .NET, JavaScript, d3, leaflet, crossfilter, Node/React, HTML, etc.) is required;
  • Proficiency in Python is required;
  • Experience working with cloud providers and products including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and others (Azure, Rackspace, etc.) is required;
Desirable experience (the following experience is optional candidates who do not have it are welcome to apply)

  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git and of main web-based security principles is an asset;
  • Experience integrating diverse applications using integration frameworks, web services and APIs is an asset;
  • Experience with signal processing/ speech processing and Natural Language Processing (NLP) is desired;
  • Capable of deploying and maintaining software remotely on a Linux or UNIX-like server is desired;
  • Experience with data management and basic visualization is an asset;
  • Experience with open source technology is desired;
  • Proven ability to understand business requirements and translate them into system requirements is an asset;
  • Ability to work with a team as well as independently is an asset;
  • Ability to interface, collaborate with technical staff and designers is an asset.


  • Fluency in English (written and oral) is required.
  • Knowledge of French or Arabic language is an advantage.

About the Organization

Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

Background Information: Sustainable Development Cluster(SDC)

Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.

The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.

The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.

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