Consultant on Business Strategy

Partner UNOCHA
Job categories IT, Programme Management
Vacancy code VA/2019/B5004/17402
Level ICS-9
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 19-Feb-2019 to 05-Mar-2019


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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. https://centre.humdata.org/data-fellows

Sustainable Business Models for the Centre

The Centre was created based on a three-year business plan, covering the period from mid-2017 to mid-2020. The Centre has a robust results framework which includes four objectives related to its four work streams. The Centre is seeking to achieve three outcomes: increasing the speed of data from collection to use, increasing the number and strength of partnerships, and increasing the use of data through HDX.

The Centre receives support from a variety of partnerships through direct funding, partner secondments, and in-kind contributions. We would like to explore the feasibility of a variety of sustainable business models for how the Centre operates. The model might include a fee-for-service or subscription process for an advanced aspect of HDX; a paid accreditation for part of our data literacy programme in partnership with an educational institution; or a volunteer programme that broadens the number of people who can provide data services to partners, among other ideas. In order to adopt a new model, the Centre would need to understand the potential market for the solution and clarify the value proposition to partners.

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 appropriate level of expertise to develop new business models and to think strategically about the challenges the humanitarian sector faces in using data and whether and how the Centre can address those challenges.


Reporting Relationships
The Consultant on Business Strategy 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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