Consultant on Data Science

Partner UNOCHA
Job categories IT
Vacancy code VA/2019/B5004/17390
Level ICS-8
Department/office NYSC, SDC, Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio
Duty station The Hague, Netherlands
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-1
Duration 8 weeks -Lumpsum
Application period 18-Feb-2019 to 05-Mar-2019

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has established a Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague, the Netherlands to help increase 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.

The Centre focuses on four areas: data services, data policy, data literacy, and network engagement. The Centre’s data services work includes direct management of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform and the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) data standard. The data literacy work focuses on improving the data skills of technical and non-technical humanitarians. For data policy, the Centre creates guidelines for the responsible use of data by OCHA staff and partners. Finally, the Centre works to further build and engage an active community in support of its mission and objectives through a number events and communication activities.

The Centre’s Data Fellows programme began in 2018 and aims to expose the Centre and its partners to new areas of data-related expertise that can impact humanitarian response. The structure of the programme provides Fellows with exposure to different parts of the humanitarian system while allowing them to focus time and energy on an individual project that addresses a challenge related to the use and impact of data in the sector.

The Centre will host its second class of Data Fellows in The Hague in June and July 2019. The 2019 Fellows will focus on four areas where the Centre is seeking new perspectives, insights and partnerships including: Business Strategy, Data Science (education data), Predictive Analytics, and Statistics (disability data). The Fellowship programme is residential, with Fellows living and working in The Hague under the direction of the Coordinator for the Data Fellows Programme.

Education Data in Humanitarian Action 

There are a number of initiatives in the humanitarian sector focused on improving access to and the quality of education in conflict environments. The Centre has partnered with the Education Above All Foundation to improve access to data on education in emergencies. This data will help to highlight how attacks against education during times of conflict and insecurity deprive children of their right to education. In particular, the Centre is focused on advanced technologies for collecting data on education in emergencies and increasing access to and use of education data on HDX.

The Centre requires a Consultant on Data Science  to work with the HDX team and its with partners on data about education in emergencies, both in terms of the data being utilized and the potential application of analytical models. We are looking for a candidate who is self-motivated and can thrive in an international, multidisciplinary team. The right candidate has the skills and abilities that together comprise the necessary levels of data science expertise to turn data into action and to think strategically about how to use data to create insight for humanitarian response.

Reporting Relationships
The Consultant on Data Science will report to the Coordinator for the Data Fellows Programme under the overall direction of the Lead for the Centre for Humanitarian Data. She or he will be expected to work closely with the rest of the Centre team.

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Education:  Undergraduate degree in mathematics, physics, engineering,...

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