Consultant on Strategic Communications

Partner UNOCHA
Job categories Communications
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5011/21267
Department/office NYSC, SDC, UN Technology Support Services
Duty station Home based
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-9
Duration 2 months (lumpsum contract modality)
Application period 17-Feb-2021 to 03-Mar-2021


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



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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 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 fourth class of Data Fellows in June and July 2021. The 2021 Fellows will focus on three areas: Data Journalism, Predictive Analytics, and Strategic Communications. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 programme will be conducted remotely, with Fellows working from home under the direction of the Coordinator for the Data Fellows Programme.

Strategic Communication to Advance Data Responsibility

Communicating about the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector is essential to driving continued investment and collective action. To do this effectively requires new approaches to explaining complex issue areas that touch on data, technology, design and humanitarian action. Data responsibility in humanitarian response is one such area.

In recent years we have seen the development of principles, policies, and strategies for the responsible management of data in humanitarian action but gaps remain between global frameworks and their practical application in field operations. Making guidance accessible to field staff is essential to integrating data responsibility into their daily work. The Centre requires a Strategic Communication Fellow to help meet this need.

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 a communication strategy and an initial set of related assets for the Centre.



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