At the global level, the UNSDG serves as a high-level forum for joint policy formation and decision-making. It guides, supports, tracks and oversees the coordination of development operations in 162 countries and territories.

The UNSDG meets twice a year under the chairmanship of Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, who chairs the UNSDG on behalf of the UN Secretary-General. The UNDP Administrator, Mr. Achim Steiner, serves as Vice-Chair of the Group. The Development Coordination Office (DCO) serves as the Secretariat of the Group. 

The Group is composed of the executive heads of UNSDG member entities. The UNSDG Vice-chair also convenes the UNSDG Core Group comprised of DESA, FAO, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, WFP, WHO and the rotating chair of the Regional Economic Commissions. 

The individual will be part of the DCO team consisting of project managers, developers and digital strategists focusing on the development and maintenance of various software projects including focusing on data and reporting of joint UN work. This position includes an expectation to provide support and backup to other projects as and when necessary, in particular in optimizing the workflow from data presentation on different apps to publishable and digestible content on the website.

Within a team of front-end and back-end developers you'll be working on connecting existing and new applications to the websites, including content, and structured data (i.e. visualizations,
dashboards and analytical charts) The project follows the Git workflow model and JIRA sprint cycles, with agile approach. Developers are required to write unit tests for code. You will also work closely with the technical architect and infrastructure team for code deployments and troubleshooting and other related issues.

Skills and responsibilities

  • Develop an effective workflow to support UN SDG, and UN Country Teams websites publication, including project management, tools for content collection and presentation of data from various third-party applications;
  •  Collaborate with UI/UX designer, HTML/CSS and Brand Management developers’ DCO team
to produce common components of the DCO portal
  • Set up and maintain the infrastructure and hosting for the roll out and/or migration of the websites (Microsoft’s Azure) from vendors into DCO managed infrastructure;
  •  Developing the Drupal workflow for the content management and presentation of data, using public APIs with the data web apps;
  • Analyse and consult on the effective components, content structures, meta data, loading speed, readability and cross-device optimizations.
  • Support Communication officers in the field to migrate the existing content to the new website environment at scale;
  • Monitors web traffic statistics using applications such as Google Analytics, Google Search Console and others to inform further strategy for development;
  • Support the implementation of the DCO search engine optimization (SEO) strategy, liaising with project managers, vendors and UN country team, as relevant; Developing techniques for visibility and ranking of the websites. Support uploading multi-language content to the new UNCT websites, namely, French, Arabic and English;
  • Bring design and UI expertise to simplify data management part of the web apps and propose ideas to UI challenges in a proposed web app format - to meet the fast and user-friendly data collection, entry and validation to match business process workflow;
  •  Provide documented guidance, and technical documentation for the support and maintenance of the application.


  • Location:
    New York
    Remote based
  • This job is remote friendly.
  • Salary: , International Individual Contractor Agreement, Level 2
  • Deadline:


Minimum qualifications

A minimum of 5 years of relevant mixed designer and web developer experience is required.
● Experience in UI design, website development using CMS and back-end;
● Experience in working in Drupal (minimum 3 years), experience with other CMS solutions is
a plus (WordPress, Net)
● Experience developing web applications using RESTful API backends and familiarity with
back end frameworks for web applications;
● Advanced level of CSS;
● Minimum of 2 years of experience developing with object-oriented JavaScript and
JavaScript-based libraries on dynamic interactive websites;
● Minimum of 2 years of experience developing with SQL-based open-source databases such
as MySQL or PostgreSQL;
● Experience in code versioning, in particular Git workflow, JIRA and agile development;
● Proficiency in standards compliant HTML (minimum of 3 years), XML and XSD;
● Some knowledge or experience in managing dependencies, deployment and development
● Good familiarity with the infrastructure and tools accessible in cloud applications, DevOps,
and working with the API based code for front-end and visualization and web app
● Demonstrated experience in web development projects in a consulting or professional
services environment, working with cross-functional teams;
● Experience working both independently and in collaboration with remote, geographically
diverse teams - must be very comfortable working via e-mail, chat, IRC, audio/video
conference etc.

Preferred qualifications

● Experience in the application and implementation of UI design principles;
● Experience of developing web applications in other programming languages. Extensive
knowledge of Drupal-based websites, particularly regarding integration of database
applications with Drupal front ends;
● Experience working in both front-end and back-end environments is desirable;
● Experience with Docker would be an advantage;
● Some experience working with the public or not-for-profit sector would be an asset.