Jnr Data Scientist

from Save the Children
Closing date: 20 Oct 2019

We are currently recruiting for a Jnr Data Scientist to join our Migration and Displacement Initiative (MDI) and drive forward the development of a transformational predictive analytics tool that will provide critical information about the anticipated duration, scale, and dynamics of an early-stage mass displacement crises.

As our Jnr Data Scientist you will build on the current prototype and complete the design in collaboration with volunteers, others working in the predictive analytics space and, funding permitted, a small dedicated team of software engineers. You’ll also lead on testing and the validation of the tool with end-users before supporting the roll out.

The number of forcibly displaced people and children, whether through conflict or disaster, has reached an all-time high at 68.5 million. A predictive analytics tool is increasingly central to humanitarian and development programming for displaced children and youth, as well as state’s own management of cross-border migration management systems.

In order to be successful you will bring:
* Relevant experience of working in scientific research or software development involving predictive analytics, ideally including machine learning and artificial intelligence;
* Knowledge of analytical techniques from machine learning, artificial intelligence, and modelling of complex systems
* Proficiency with a modern programming language appropriate for machine learning prototyping is beneficial; Python is required, and skill in other languages (i.e. JavaScript or R) would be beneficial
* Knowledge of data structures and data management methods, and the ability to analyze a problem and determine an efficient structure for the task; pulling of data/integration of data from multiple sources; ability to clean data via scripting language
* Experience of working with engineering and design/product teams, ideally in an agile/scrum environment
* Ability to communicate technical topics effectively to both technical and nontechnical team members and staff
* Demonstrable project management skills and the proven ability to direct software/innovation development cycles, ideally in a social impact context
* The ability to manage and juggle a complex and varied workload, at times working independently, at others working to tight deadlines under time pressure

This role is offered on the basis of an initial 15 month fixed term contract, with the potential for an extension. It offers a competitive salary, 30 days annual leave and company pension scheme.

The Organisation
Save the Children in a federated Membership based organization employing approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in 117 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the rights of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
* No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
* All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
* Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:
Please attach your CV and cover letter with your application and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers/apply

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