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Data Literacy Team Lead

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-3, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Statistics
    • Managerial positions
    • Translations and Languages
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-26

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Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has a Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague, the Netherlands to 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. For data policy, the Centre develops responsible data guidelines and works with partners on data sharing agreements in crisis settings. The data literacy work involves in-person and remote training programmes for technical and non-technical audiences. Finally, the Centre builds and engages an active community in support of its mission and objectives through a number events and communication activities.

The Centre requires a Data Literacy Team Lead to oversee this workstream. The work includes designing and implementing data literacy activities such as training programmes and workshops with target audiences. 

Reporting Relationships
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 partnerships manager, head of the data partnership team and the coordinator for the Data Fellows Programme.

Functional Responsibilities

The consultant will be responsible for the following:
  • Manage the Centre’s data literacy programme including the development and monitoring of objectives, key results and timelines for delivery.
  • Delivery online and in-person data literacy trainings from course design to participant management and course evaluation. 
  • Liaise with partners on their data literacy initiatives and practices in order to learn from their experiences and ensure a coordinated approach across the sector. 
  • Manage user research with technical and non-technical audiences to understand their priorities needs with data skills. 
  • Engage with potential implementing partners including the private sector for delivering the data literacy workstream.
  • 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.
  • Develop materials to explain and promote the Centre’s data literacy activities to key audiences.
  • Draft 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.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • 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 additional two years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • 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 in the field is desirable.
Other 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
  • Proven 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.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
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: Intentional ICA Contract level: IICA-3/ICSC-11
Contract duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension) 

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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