[R-jobs] FAO Statistical Yearbook consultant

Heyman, Amy (ESS) Amy@Heym@n @end|ng |rom |@o@org
Tue Jan 6 16:49:32 CET 2015

FAO Statistical Yearbook consultant

The Food and Agriculture Organization (www.fao.org) is a United Nations agency that leads international efforts to reduce hunger in the world. This is achieved through three main goals: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
The Statistical Yearbook is a corporate publication that is data driven. It presents a visual synthesis of the major trends and factors shaping food and agriculture, and the social and economic dimensions that drive them. In doing so, it strives to serve as a unique reference point on the state of world food and agriculture for policy-makers, donor agencies, researchers and analysts as well as the general public. The suite of products includes yearbooks and pocketbooks at both the global and regional levels (www.fao.org/economic/ess/ess-publications/ess-yearbook/en/).
The publication is generated with the statistical software R in combination with the typesetting program LaTeX. R downloads and imports the data, constructs new variables, computes aggregations, and produces the visualizations (charts, tables, maps, etc.), while LaTeX typesets the product. The two programs therefore work together to provide a seamless process in generating data publications and therefore more efficient dissemination tools.  We have a current opportunity for someone to lead this work.
Responsibilities include:
- Downloading the publication-specific indicators (data & metadata).
- Conduct some data analysis and provide key messages associated with the visualizations.
- Produce charts, maps, tables using a combination of R and LaTeX scripts.
- Guarantee the consistency among data, visualizations, and text.
- Make any changes to definitions, bibliography and other metadata in the book.
- Any other ad hoc activities that may be required in the production process.
The incumbent will need an intermediate level of R and a beginner/intermediate level of LaTeX.
The length of the consultancy is initially six months but could be extended with satisfactory performance.
Please send CV, some sample code, and a description of prior use of R and LaTeX to Amy Heyman, Dissemination Team Leader amy.heyman using fao.org.

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