Data Engineer

Partner UNOCHA
Job categories IT
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5011/27032
Level ICS-10
Department/office GPO, NYPO, UN Technology Support Services
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration 12 months, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and/or to satisfactory performance
Application period 10-Nov-2023 to 26-Nov-2023

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has a Centre for  Humanitarian Data in The Hague, the Netherlands which is focused on increasing the use and impact of  data in the humanitarian sector. The vision is to create a future where all people involved in a humanitarian  emergency have access to the data they need, when and how they need it, to make responsible and  informed decisions. Our support is provided to OCHA staff and partners, with a priority focus on locations with humanitarian operations.

As part of OCHA’s Information Management Branch, the Centre’s role is to enable the organization to deliver on its ambition to be more data-driven and analytical, and to ensure a responsible approach to technology and data management. The Centre has four workstreams: data services (managing the Humanitarian Data  Exchange platform), data responsibility, data science, and learning and practice. 

The data science workstream is focused on conducting advanced analysis and creating insight to help humanitarians anticipate and respond to needs arising from shocks. This work includes assessing available models and forecasts, designing trigger mechanisms for use in anticipatory action frameworks, and providing guidance to help humanitarians make sense of climate science and technical language.

The Centre’s data science team has supported OCHA’s anticipatory action frameworks in a dozen countries, enabling humanitarian organisations to get ahead of shocks and mitigate their impact. After a successful pilot phase, OCHA is now looking at the modalities for scaling and mainstreaming anticipatory action. In the coming years, the Centre will provide technical support to ongoing pilots and new countries as they are identified, while also helping to mainstream the expertise needed within OCHA offices and with local partners. 

The Centre is seeking to recruit a Data Engineer who has the skills and experience to develop data pipelines, software libraries, and the underlying infrastructure to support the data science team. We are looking for a candidate who is familiar with the analytical methods used in the humanitarian sector, and can think strategically about how to use data to create value for crisis response. The right candidate has the skills and abilities to provide the technical support to the broader team and contribute to shaping the development of the technical stack used by the Centre. They should also be self-motivated and able to thrive in an international, multidisciplinary team.  

The Data Engineer will report to the Data Science Team Lead under the overall direction of the Lead for the Centre for Humanitarian Data. The incumbent will be expected to work closely with the rest of the Centre team, in particular the HDX team.

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