Data Literacy Advisor
Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
Background Information - Job-specific
The Centre will focus 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 will focus on in-person and remote training programmes as well as a Data Fellows Programme with the first class of fellows expected in The Hague mid 2018. For data policy, the Centre will work with partners to develop institutional agreements for sharing data in crisis settings. Finally, the Centre will further build and engage an active community in support of its mission and objectives through a number events and communication activities.
The Centre requires the support of a Data Literacy Advisor to develop a data literacy curriculum covering a two-year period. The Advisor will conduct research with OCHA and partners to understand priority needs in terms of improving data skills, both for technical and non-technical roles. Following this research, the Advisor will develop a plan with areas of focus, a timeline, and resource recommendations.
We are looking for an Advisor who is self-motivated and can thrive in a remote, international, multidisciplinary team. The right candidate has the skills and abilities that together comprise various levels of data literacy: to turn data into action, be proficient with the methods of humanitarian data research, and think strategically about how to use data and appropriate capacity building tools to create value for humanitarian emergency and crisis response.
The consultant will report to the lead for the Centre for Humanitarian Data, who is based in The Hague. He or she will be expected to work closely with the Centre’s team including the product manager and technical lead for HDX and the head of the data partnership and data systems teams.
The consultant will be responsible for the following: -Research existing data literacy initiatives in the humanitarian and development sectors
-Identify effective practices based on interviews with leading organizations
-Develop library of online courses focused on improving data literacy and develop outreach strategies to ensure key audience are aware and able to access it
-Lead research with tech and non-technical audiences to understand their priorities needs with data skills
-Develop broad-based survey for assessing current skill levels in the sector, to be distributed through OCHA and partner channels
-Research potential implementing partners and donors for the data literacy workstream
-Develop materials to explain and promote the Centre’s data literacy activities to key audiences.
-Draft quality project proposals and concept notes for partnership building and resource mobilisation.
-Represent the Centre for Humanitarian Data at meetings and events; participate in partner calls and team meetings as required.
-A research plan
-A 2-year plan for the Centre’s data literacy curriculum, including a timeline for key deliverables, prioritization of audiences, and recommendations on training methods.
-A sample training programme to pilot (online course, or in-person training, etc) with recommendations on how to scale the pilot programme.
-Communications material to introduce the data literacy work to target audiences.
-Identification of partners to support implementation of the plan.
EDUCATION An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in political science, social science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering or a related field, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, development, or other related area, is required.
- Five years of relevant experience at the international level is required.
- Relevant experience working in a humanitarian crisis is desirable.
OTHER DESIRABLE SKILLS
- Working knowledge and experience in data science, big data and/or open data
- Prior experience in conducting capacity building and training programs
- Previous experience and demonstrated results in curriculum development
- Experience in developing innovative strategic partnerships and resource mobilization
- Adept at the use of office communication tools
Fluency in English is required (both oral and written). Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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|Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.|
|Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.|
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International ICA Contract level: IICA-3/ICSC-11
Contract duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
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Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.
With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.
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