Consultant on Predictive Analytics

Partner UNOCHA
Job categories IT
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5011/21268
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 Consultant/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.

Predictive Analytics in Humanitarian Action

Although predictive analytics is not a new field, its application in humanitarian response has only just begun. The increasing availability of data from a variety of sources, together with advancements in statistics and machine learning, is generating a growing interest in using models to gain insight and trigger anticipatory action.

When it comes to modeling for humanitarian operations, the goal is to analyze current and historical data to predict an event or some characteristic of an event (the probability, severity, magnitude, or duration). Predicting an event involves anticipating a new shock such as a disaster, disease outbreak, or conflict outbreak. Predicting the characteristics of an event could include population movements, worsening food insecurity, or precursors to drought. By creating an early signal of need that is tied to pre-agreed financing and actions, the response has the potential to be faster, cheaper and better, with more lives saved and protected. The Centre requires a Predictive Analytics Fellow to explore additional areas of potential relevance for predictive analytics in humanitarian action.

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.



The Consultant/Fellow will report to the Coordinator for the Data Fellows Progra...

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