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23 Feb 2021

Freelance Consultant (Data Scientist – R Developer)

WorldFish – Posted by worldfish Anywhere

Job Description


Application Deadline8 March 2021

Type of contract: Consultancy Contract

Language(s) required: English (native/fluent writing and oral skills)

About the Position

The primary purpose of this position is to support research and the development of innovative data approaches, algorithm integration, tools, models, and analytics to assess the performance and adoption of technology innovations in the WorldFish Sustainable Aquaculture and Small-Scale Fisheries Programs and related bilateral projects in the CGIAR research program on fish Agri-Food systems (FISH CRP).

The successful consultant will be responsible to:

  • Contribute to R&D and data product development (pipelines, models, APIs, dashboards, reports).
  • Exploring, cleaning, wrangling, and integrating data from multiple sources.
  • Solve analytical problems using quantitative approaches.


This job might be for you if you have the below skills and qualifications:

  • A degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Economics or similar discipline with an interest in aquaculture, sustainability, and environmental issues. Candidates may also have a degree in Biology, Ecology, Agricultural or Environmental Sciences (or related discipline) with of data science skills.
  • Strong programming skills in R.
  • Strong analytic skills related to working with large, structured and unstructured datasets.
  • Willingness to learn, develop and share as part of a distributed global team.
  • Working knowledge of the software development lifecycle and best practices (version control, code review, unit testing, continuous integration/delivery, etc.).
  • A curious and enthusiastic mindset. Able to work autonomously, strong collaboration skills, and proactive communicator.
  • A passion for lean, clean and maintainable code.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience with R package development, API deployment, R Shiny development, and functional programming.
  • Statistical modelling and inference skills.
  • Frontend web development skills (HTML, CSS, JavaScript).
  • Knowledge of other analytical programming languages (Python, Julia, SQL).
  • Familiarity with server-less and cloud computing infrastructure.
  • Docker containers.

Time Frame and Location

The consultant will be working remotely. Due to the time zone difference, successful candidate will have to be willing to work within the Asia-Pacific Region time zone. Interviews will be held virtually by early March 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and expected to attend the virtual interview. The interview will consist of a short presentation by the applicant, followed by an interview. The successful candidate should be available to commence by 22 March 2021. If you have any questions regarding the role please contact Fernando Cagua at [email protected]

How to Apply

How to Apply Interested applicants are invited to email the following information online here latest by 8 March 2021:
  • A cover letter including a 2-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate for this role referring to the key responsibilities and what you would bring to the role;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contacts (telephone and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.
Screening will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applicants for WorldFish positions, we appreciate all interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Our Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment WorldFish has seven offices across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with more than 400 staff and 27 nationalities who contribute to a dynamic multicultural work environment. WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity and inclusion is valued and we seek to have gender balance in the organization. We aim to also seek balance across other diversity dimensions. People in WorldFish are treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnicity/race, national or social origin, disability, religion, political affiliation, age, family size, marital status or any other form of personal identity. We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage qualified women and men from developing nations to apply.

Job Categories: Consultant. Job Types: Freelance. Salaries: Less than $100,000.

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