DRS is looking for a Data Engineer, to work for an NGO that works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them: by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, forest workers’ safety, and much more. The ideal candidate will make data accessible to internal and external NGO stakeholders in a way that encourages and embeds data use in all – big and small, everyday – actions and decisions.

Job Title: Data Engineer

Contract: 2-year contract (with possible extension)

Location: Bonn, Germany

Starting date: as soon as possible

Main Roles and Responsibilities:

1. Maintain, enhance and manage the quality and usage of data in the NGO by:

  • Establishing processes for ETL(extract transform and load) for data from various structured and unstructured data sources into a data store that is suitable for business analytics decision-making;
  • Designing stable, reliable, and effective databases;
  • Optimizing and maintaining legacy systems (such as Salesforce, MySQL);
  • Modifying and testing databases according to needs and requests;
  • Solving database usage issues and malfunctions;
  • Liaising with developers to improve applications and establish best practices;
  • Gathering user requirements and identifying new features and enhancements;
  • Supporting the development of technical documentation and end-user training resources;
  • Research, recommend, and implement new database products, services, and protocols to meet the data and information needs of various NGO user groups/stakeholders.

2. Establish, manage, and document processes and structures ensuring high quality of data, data standardization, and consistency across various platforms and reports, including but not limited to:

  • Review of the NGO information and data sources with a view to understanding, re-design, remodeling, and re-deploying the database structure where necessary to adapt best practices in data management;
  • Data standardization across the NGO business units;
  • Practical and user-friendly workflows and protocols that facilitate information capture, design, collection, quality, storage, and reporting on data consistently across the NGO departments;
  • Compliance of data assets and data processing with relevant legislation;
  • Coordination and facilitation of the rigorous clean-up and information integrity processes while delivering data products;
  • Development, modernization, and improvement of Information Schemas and their maintenance;
  • Compatibility of the NGO Information Models with the ISEAL Core Metadata Standard.

3. Manage projects related to data gathering, standardization, and management, including but not limited to:

  • Online reporting for NGO evaluations (forest management and chain of custody);
  • Enhance the certificate management processes;
  • Ensure the data stores perform with high efficiency, reliability, and a single source of truth.

4. To establish, implement and manage consistent processes for data sharing with internal and external stakeholders, in cooperation with Legal Department;

5. Additional Tasks as assigned by the formal supervisor.


Experience and skills:

  • 4-5 years’ relevant experience in data modeling, big data platforms, creating data pipelines, and data integration in databases, data warehouses, and data lakes;
  • Proven work experience as a database developer;
  • Working knowledge of software development and user interface web applications;
  • Proven record of successfully managed data projects and modernization of organizational data assets and infrastructure;
  • In-depth understanding of data management concepts and practices (e.g. metadata, permissions, recovery, security, privacy, quality, and monitoring) and data integration (ETL/ELT) procedures;
  • Experience in manipulating data sets and building analytical models with high-quality business intelligence insights;
  • Knowledge of components and aspects of GDPR(General Data Protection Regulation – in the EU) and their impact on information and data management in applicable software and platforms;
  • Languages: Fluency in English (spoken and written); Spanish and/or French is a plus;
  • Computing Skills: Good knowledge of and hands-on expertise with:
  • Data and web service integration;
  • Spark, Hadoop, Postgres, Cassandra, or similar platforms;
  • Computer programming languages (preferably Python, SQL, etc.) and manipulating large data sets;
  • On-premise and cloud-based solutions (preferably Azure and AWS);
  • PowerBI, Tableau, or other advanced information and data analytics tools;
  • Microsoft Office 365 product.


University degree in a relevant field, for example, computer science or data science;


  • Strong problem-solving skills and a strong focus on end-user experience;
  • Excellent estimation and management of delivery timelines;
  • Ability to perform well while handling competing priorities and several functions;
  • Solution-oriented attitude to work;
  • A strong sense of diligence and service;
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail;

Communication Skills:

  • Proven teamwork and collaboration and presentation skills, fostering deep stakeholder engagement;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to communicate complex technical tech concepts to business users;
  • Capable to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations;

Additional valuable skills:

  • Knowledge of certification systems such as in forestry and environmental sciences.
  • Statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests, and proper usage, etc.) and experience with applications;
  • Working knowledge of the ISEAL Core Metadata Set / Standard;
  • Open Knowledge and Interoperability repositories, e.g., Dspace, Fedora.
  • MS Dynamics;
  • Salesforce.

General conditions:

  • Full-time employment, 40 hours per week;
  • The organization is providing support for taking language courses;
  • 30 days’ vacation per year.

How to apply

Applications, and updated CVs should be submitted to n.remizova@developmentaid.org, under the title: DRS 11386 (ref. number). Due to the high number of applications received via the DevelopmentAid website, we can reply to shortlisted candidates only. Please note that the above requirements can be modified during the recruitment process according to the client’s procedures.