Consultant on Statistics, Multiple positions

Partner UNOCHA
Job categories IT
Vacancy code VA/2019/B5004/17403
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

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.

Disability Data in Humanitarian Action

Globally, an estimated one billion people have a disability, of which 800 million live in developing countries. In any crisis-affected community, persons with disabilities continue to be among the most marginalized: an estimated 9.7 million are forcibly displaced because of persecution, conflict and human rights violations. In some cases, morbidity in disasters has been estimated at a rate four times higher than that of persons without disabilities, as are instances of sexual violence and abuse.

Data that accurately describes the demographics of persons with disabilities is currently very scarce, especially in humanitarian contexts. To ensure inclusion and the safety of persons with disabilities in humanitarian emergencies it is however essential to be able to reflect the prevalence and nature of disabilities amongst the affected population to appropriately plan and implement a response.

Existing tools for needs assessment, planning, monitoring and evaluation in humanitarian action are neither adapted to data collection about persons with disabilities nor sufficiently joined-up to address disability as a cross-cutting issue. Disaggregation of disability data in humanitarian action also require greater standardization of data collection approaches to allow comparability and meaningful data exchange. Only 6% of the indicators in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee register are possible to disaggregate by disability.

At the Global Disability Summit in 2018, OCHA signed the Charter for Change with specific commitments to achieve the rights of people with disabilities in developing countries. These commitments included, among others, to support the finalization of inter-agency guidelines and after their launch, to advocate for their use and coordinate their implementation. OCHA also committed to establishing a fellowship to improve standard frameworks for disability data collection and analysis.

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 statistical expertise to develop methodologies and analytical frameworks to turn data into action and to think strategically about how to use data to create value for humanitarian response.

Reporting Relationships
The Consultant on Statistics 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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Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and enc...

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