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[liberationtech] Data Fellowes Programme at Centre for Humm Data

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Fri Feb 22 20:12:49 PST 2019

The positions are now open to applicants. Read about the 2019 Data Fellows
Programme below and apply today. You can also learn more about the 2018
Class of Fellows.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA) has a Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague, the Netherlands to
help increase 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 focuses on four areas: data services, data policy, data
literacy, and network engagement. The Centre’s data services work includes
direct management of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform and the
Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) data standard. The data literacy work
focuses on improving the data skills of technical and non-technical
humanitarians. For data policy, the Centre creates guidelines for the
responsible use of data by OCHA staff and partners. Finally, the Centre
works to further build and engage an active community in support of its
mission and objectives through a number of events and communication

Data Fellows Programme
The Centre will soon host its second class of Fellows in The Hague in June
and July 2019. Through this programme, Fellows will come together to design
and deliver targeted projects that contribute to the overall goals of the
Centre. The 2019 Fellows will focus on four areas where the Centre is
seeking new perspectives, insights and partnerships including: Business
Strategy, Data Science (education data), Predictive Analytics, and
Statistics (disability data). The Fellowship programme is residential, with
Fellows living and working in The Hague under the direction of the
Coordinator for the Data Fellows Programme.

Support for the second class of Fellows is being provided as part of the
OCHA partnership with, inter alia, Education Above All Foundation that
works to improve access to quality education for vulnerable and
marginalized people in the developing world.

Business Strategy: The Centre receives support from a variety of
partnerships through direct funding, partner secondments, and in-kind
contributions. We would like to explore the feasibility of a variety of
sustainable business models for how the Centre operates. In order to adopt
a new model, the Centre would need to understand the potential market for
the solution and clarify the value proposition to partners. The right
candidate for this role has the skills and abilities that together comprise
the appropriate level of expertise to develop new business models and to
think strategically about the challenges the humanitarian sector faces in
using data and whether and how the Centre can address those challenges.

Data Science (education): There are a number of initiatives in the
humanitarian sector focused on improving access to and the quality of
education in conflict environments. The Centre has partnered with the
Education Above All Foundation to improve access to data on education in
emergencies. This data will help to highlight how attacks against education
during times of conflict and insecurity deprive children of their right to
education. The Centre requires a Data Science Fellow to work with the HDX
team and its with partners on data about education in emergencies, both in
terms of the data being utilized and the potential application of
analytical models.

Predictive Analytics: One area of emerging interest in the humanitarian
sector is predictive analytics: asking “what will happen” in a particular
humanitarian context and using machine learning and the application of
statistical modeling to arrive at an answer. The Centre initiated its work
in Predictive Analytics through the 2018 Data Fellows Programme, and has
continued to invest in this area through sustained research into the
development of models related to different aspects of humanitarian
response. The right candidate has the skills and abilities that together
comprise the right levels of expertise to develop and assess predictive
models and think strategically about how to use data to create value and
insight for humanitarian response.

Statistics (disability): Globally, an estimated one billion people have a
disability, of which 800 million live in developing countries. In any
crisis-affected community, persons with disabilities continue to be among
the most marginalized: an estimated 9.7 million are forcibly displaced
because of persecution, conflict, and human rights violations. Data that
accurately describes the demographics of persons with disabilities is
currently very scarce, especially in humanitarian contexts. 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 action and to think strategically about how to
use data to create value for humanitarian response.

The Fellows will begin their work by designing a project based on a problem
statement provided by the Centre. The Fellows will conduct desk and user
research before developing at least one working prototype related to their
focus area. The Fellows will be expected to communicate publicly about
their work and produce a final report outlining the key insights and
recommendations for taking the work forward. The Fellows will need to
maintain active and clear communications with relevant members of the
Centre and the Fellowship partner organization(s) throughout the programme.

We are seeking Fellows who are self-motivated and can thrive in an
international, multidisciplinary environment. The right candidate has the
specific skills required for the focus area and has an overriding passion
for data and humanitarian response. He or she should be able to work to
short deadlines and enjoy collaborating and working as part of a team. We
welcome candidates that challenge assumptions and bring in new perspectives.

The Business Strategy Fellow requires an advanced university degree
(Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, business, economics,
international relations, social policy, development studies, or other
relevant disciplines. Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of experience or
Master’s degree with 3 years of experience is required.

The Data Science (education) Fellow should have an undergraduate degree in
mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, statistics or related
field. At least one year of programming experience in Python, R and/or
Javascript, and an understanding of statistical analysis are required.

The Predictive Analytics Fellow requires an advanced university degree
(Master’s degree or equivalent) in mathematics, physics, engineering,
computer science, statistics or a related field. Bachelor’s degree with 5
years of experience or Master’s degree with 3 years of experience is

The Statistics (disability) Fellow requires an advanced university degree
(Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics,
sociology or related field. A first-level university degree in similar
fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience
may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

The fellowship will be for June and July 2019. Fellows will need to be
available for the full term. Workspace and meeting rooms will be made
available to the Fellows during this period at the Centre’s location in The
Hague Humanity Hub. Fellows may also use the workspace before or after the
fellowship period as needed and as agreed with a supervisor.

Fellows will receive a lump sum amount to cover travel and living expenses
during the two-month term.

How to Apply
Applications for the fellowship are being processed through UNOPS, the
Centre’s implementing partner. Please follow the instructions in the job
posting links below. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a written
test and interviews. Final selection for the Fellows will be made by the
end of March 2019.

Business Strategy

Data Science (education)

Predictive Analytics

Statistics (disability)


If you have questions about the Data Fellows Programme or the application
process, send an email to centrehumdata at
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