Data Scientist

Partner UN OCHA
Job categories IT
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5011/25651
Level ICS-10
Department/office GPG, SDC, UN Technology Support Services
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-2
Duration Six (6) months with possibility of extension - retainer position
Application period 15-Mar-2023 to 28-Mar-2023

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 a Centre for  Humanitarian Data in The Hague, the Netherlands which is focused on increasing 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 has four workstreams: data services (managing the Humanitarian Data  Exchange platform), data responsibility, data literacy and predictive analytics.  

An area of emerging interest in the humanitarian sector is data science and predictive analytics: asking what will happen in a  particular humanitarian context and using machine learning and the application of statistical modelling to  arrive at an answer. The Centre initiated its work on predictive analytics through our 2018 and 2019 Data  Fellows Programme, and has continued to invest in this area through research into the development of  models related to different aspects of humanitarian response. In September 2019, the Centre created a workstream for predictive analytics with a focus on three areas: model development, a peer review  process for partner models, and community and capacity building. More recently, the Centre’s predictive analytics team has supported OCHA’s anticipatory action frameworks in a dozen countries, enabling humanitarian organizations to get ahead of shocks and mitigate their impact. 

Purpose and Scope of Assignment 

The Centre is seeking to recruit a Data Scientist who has the skills and experience to assess available models, develop new models and generate recommendations for their use in anticipatory action. We are looking for a candidate who is familiar with the analytical methods used in the humanitarian sector, and can think strategically about how to use data to create value for crisis response. The right candidate has the skills and abilities to develop analytical models designed to turn data into action. They should also be self-motivated and able to thrive in an international, multidisciplinary  team. 

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