Consultant on Predictive Analytics

Partner UNOCHA
Job categories IT
Vacancy code VA/2020/B5011/19513
Level ICS-9
Department/office NYSC, SDC, UN Technology Support Services
Duty station The Hague, Netherlands
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-1
Duration 2 months
Application period 04-Mar-2020 to 23-Mar-2020


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The Centre for Humanitarian Data is focused on increasing the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector. It is managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and is based in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Centre’s services are available to humanitarian partners and OCHA staff in the field and at Headquarters free of charge.

The Centre focuses on four areas: data services, data responsibility, data literacy, and predictive analytics. The data services workstream focuses the management of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform, the development and use of the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) data standard, and support to the International Aid Transparency Initiative. The data responsibility worksteam focuses on the development and adoption of data responsibility guidelines and different techniques for the secure management of data, both within OCHA and the broader humanitarian system. The data literacy workstream focuses on improving the data skills of technical and non-technical humanitarians through the delivery of training programmes and development of capacity-building material. The predictive analytics workstream focuses on model development, including threshold and trigger design, and quality assurance of partner models through validation and a peer review process.

The  Centre’s Data Fellows programme began in 2018 and supports all four workstreams. This high-profile initiative is designed to expose the Centre team and partners to new areas of data-related expertise that can impact humanitarian response and advance the goals of the Centre. The structure of the programme provides the Data Consultants/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 third class of Data Consultants/Fellows in The Hague in June and July 2020. The 2020 Data Consultants/Fellows will focus on three areas: Data Storytelling (Education), Predictive Analytics, and Statistics (Mosaic Effect). The Fellowship programme is residential, with Data Consultants/Fellows living and working in The Hague under the direction of the Coordinator for the Data Fellows Programme.

Predictive Analytics in Humanitarian Action

The application of predictive analytics in humanitarian response is generating a growing interest among decision makers, donors and responders. In recent years partners have increasingly used models to trigger anticipatory actions with the common goal of anticipating and mitigating upcoming humanitarian crises. However, different organisations have included predictive models in the decision making process in different ways. The goal of this project is to take stock of how and why organisations have adopted different approaches for incorporating the use of predictive models into anticipatory action frameworks.

The Consultant will conduct a systematic review comprised of desk research and interviews with partner organisations (IFRC, FAO, WFP, Start Network and more) to understand the role of models in past anticipatory actions. The Consultant will analyse all the aspects of the model life cycles (development, evaluation, application and maintenance), document how different organisations are developing triggers for anticipatory actions, and identify best practices and lessons learned.

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 right levels of expertise to assess predictive models and think strategically about how to use data to create value and insight for humanitarian response.

Reporting Relationships
The Consultant 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.

The Consultant will be responsible for the following: Design and execu...

EDUCATION Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) i...

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and enc...

Contract type: ICA Contract level: IICA-1/ICSC-9 Contract duration: 2 month...

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