Type d'offre
Poste terrain

Type de contrat

Domaines d'expertises
Développement urbain ; Développement durable

Date limite de candidature
05/01/2024 18:00


12 months - renewable

Description de la mission

To support the implementation of the “Sustainable Cities – Phase 1” project, Expertise France is looking for a Data Scientist.

Based in Accra, the Data Scientist works under the supervision of the Project Manager and in close link with the project's Urbanist Expert. He/she supports the activities related to urban data collection and analysis, and in particular the development and implementation of a national Urban Observatory (UO). He/she is in charge of building the UO's data architecture, and supporting the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development (MLGDRD), Ghanaian municipalities and other relevant institutions (Ghana Statistical Services - GSS, National Development Planning Commission - NDPC) in enhancing evidence based decision-making on urban planning and progress tracking of the urban policy. He/she supports also the project’s activities related to digital solutions for urban planning and accountability.

The key responsibilities of the Data Scientist include the following:

Collect, pre-process and analysis of urban data 

  • Definition of the data collection and management system for the UO with the Ghanaian partners (MLGDRD, GSS, NDPC);
  • Identification/selection of administrative, territorial and climate indicators and datasets;
  • Data collation, integration, analysis and report on the performance of urban services based on service level indicators;
  • Design and operation of modules for data generation and analysis/data warehouse
  • Identification and set up of hardware, software and tools for data management, visualization/GIS and storage

Technical assistance, capacity development and trainings

  • Definition of application training modules and methodologies for data management, software and tools;
  • Implementation of training courses for trainers and officers of relevant ministries, departments, agencies and local authorities;
  • Technical assistance and monitoring of data management systems;
  • Monitoring of data science tools, trends and expression of needs in connexion with the UO;
  • Capitalising on applicable national and global best practices through peer-to-peer exchange and external workshops;

Cross-cutting activities 

  • Participate in the implementation of the methodological framework and analytical tools to monitor and measure results across the project (periodic operational and financial reporting, MEAL);
  • Participate in field data collection and analysis;
  • Contribute to the development and consolidation of key project documents and deliverables;
  • Contribute to and provide inputs for the preparation of interim and final activity reports (narrative and financial) in accordance with deadlines and contractual terms prior to HQ validation;
  • Report on the difficulties encountered, the risks identified and/or the context elements (sector, security, policy etc.) that may have an impact on the successful implementation of the activities, and participate to the identification of mitigation measures.

Description du projet ou contexte

With a total population of 30.4 million people in 2019 and more than 55% living in cities, Ghana has a dense network of urban areas mostly concentrated along the Atlantic coast and in the Ashanti Region. The country is halfway through urbanisation, and has benefited from an urban economic network more advanced than other countries in West Africa. While the first period of urbanisation has generated job creation and opportunities, improved living conditions and reduced poverty for many Ghanaians, the country now faces the challenges of economic efficiency and social inclusion within its urban areas, where globally basic services are still lacking. In addition, unplanned spatial expansion of urban and metropolitan areas and their limited connectivity within and across Ghana’s cities is a challenge, increasing social and environmental costs, unequal and inadequate access to basic services, health risks and ecological damages.

To address these challenges, an integrated programme is proposed by the European Union to meet demands in infrastructures and services by working both on the institutional and legislative framework at central level, and on the urban growth at local level.

As the second largest technical cooperation agency in Europe, Expertise France (EF) has been entrusted by the EU with the design and implementation of the “Sustainable Cities – Phase 1” project. The action proposed by Expertise France will address the need for capacity building and data collection of the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGRD); at decentralised level the action will target selected Regional Capitals - Wa, Damongo, Nalerigu, Bolgatanga, Tamale – and the secondary city of Yendi.

Objectives of the project

The Sustainable Cities in Ghana – Phase 1 is funded by the European Union (EU) to support both national and sustainable and inclusive cities, with local authorities enhancing sustainable cities in Ghana. The project will support the development of more sustainable and inclusive cities a particular focus on 6 cities of the Northern regions during 60 months.

The Overall Objective of this action is to improve urban prosperity for all. The Specific Objectives of this action are to:

1.     Improve national and city level policy framework for gender responsive integrated urban development

2.     Improve environmental management and climate change adaptation and mitigation by targeted cities

3.     Increase delivery of quality urban services and accountability of local authorities in targeted cities.


In order to achieve this objectives, Expertise France will pursue the following actions:

·       Encourage coordination mechanisms between local and national authorities: strengthening capacities, setting up of an urban observatory, inclusion of climate change and inclusivity issues in the urban policies, peer-to-peer dialogue etc. ;

·       Structurally improve urban governance by strengthening the capacity of central and local governments to coordinate, design and implement urban policies, planning and regulation ;

·       Enhancing and building the technical capacities of local authorities and promoting participatory approach;

·       Supporting local authorities in planning and implementation process to improve water, sanitation and waste management services in the 6 cities of the project.


Profil souhaité

Education and professional experience

  • Master's degree in computer science, statistics  or any relevant discipline
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • 10 years of working experience, and at least 5 years in the data science landscape (as a data analyst, data engineer, machine learning engineer)
  • Knowledge of international projects is an asset

Qualifications and skills

  • Programming knowledge (Python, R, SQL)
  • Knowledge of data visualization software such as Metabase, PowerBI
  • Knowledge of IT architectures
  • Knowledge of PHP / Java
  • Experience in handling, management and analysis of traditional and non-traditional data
  • Experience in deployment of solutions using containers or other cloud technologies
  • Knowledge of machine learning techniques such as clustering, algorithms, decision tree learning, is an asset

Additional specific requirements

  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving capabilities
  • A strong sense of organisation, rigour and autonomy is required
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to analyse, design and deliver context-specific solutions
  • Experience in Ghana is requested
  • Authorization to work in Ghana is a bonus

Informations complémentaires

Additional information

  • Form of contract : Wage portage - Full time
  • Estimated start date : February 2024
  • Remuneration : based on profile
  • Expert must reside in Ghana and be available for regular travels to the cities's project

Documents to be provided

  • A CV
  • A cover letter
  • Three business references including email and telephone contact

 The selection process will be conducted in two phases:

  • First, a short list will be drawn up freely by Expertise France
  • Second, selected candidates may be invited to one or more interview
  • Candidates interested in this opportunity are invited to submit their application as soon as possible. Expertise France reserves the right to make a pre-selection before this date. If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Date limite de candidature : 05/01/2024 18:00

Expertise France est l’agence publique de conception et de mise en œuvre de projets internationaux de coopération technique. L’agence intervient autour de quatre axes prioritaires :

  • gouvernance démocratique, économique et financière ;
  • paix, stabilité et sécurité ;
  • climat, agriculture et développement durable ;
  • santé et développement humain.

Dans ces domaines, Expertise France assure des missions d’ingénierie et de mise en œuvre de projets de renforcement des capacités, mobilise de l’expertise technique et joue un rôle d’ensemblier de projets faisant intervenir de l’expertise publique et des savoir-faire privés.

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