Consultant on Statistics

Partner UNOCHA
Job categories IT
Vacancy code VA/2020/B5011/19514
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.

Exploring the Mosaic Effect in Humanitarian Data

Humanitarian data can include sensitive personal, community or demographic information about affected people and aid workers. The disclosure of sensitive information in humanitarian response can lead to already vulnerable people and communities being further harmed or exploited. This includes sensitive ‘group data’, which may contain aggregate information that, if disclosed or accessed without proper authorization, could lead to reidentification of vulnerable individuals or groups. However, this data is more challenging to identify and de-risk without deeper analysis. 

The Centre currently applies statistical disclosure control as one means of assessing and mitigating the risk of re-identification of individuals within single datasets. Beyond this, there is a need to better understand the risk of the mosaic effect, which can occur when multiple datasets which may seem innocuous in isolation are combined to reveal sensitive information. By assessing the likelihood and drivers of the mosaic effect within the humanitarian data ecosystem (both at within HDX and at the response level for different environments), the Centre aims to introduce improve our understanding and management of this potential risk.

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 insight and to think strategically about how to assess and manage the potential of the mosaic effect manifesting in the different humanitarian response contexts.

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 months Fo...

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