United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Data Fellows Programme 2018 (Funded)

Application Deadline: March 31st 2018

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 works with partners to develop institutional agreements for sharing data in crisis settings. 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 activities.

Data Fellows Programme

The Centre will host its inaugural class of Fellows in The Hague in June and July 2018. Through this programme, Fellows will come together to design and deliver targeted projects that contribute to the overall goals of the Centre. The 2018 Fellows will focus on four areas where the Centre is seeking new perspectives, insights and partnerships including Data Science, Data Storytelling, Predictive Analytics, and User Experience Research. The Fellowship programme will be residential, with Fellows living and working in The Hague under the direction of the Data Fellows Programme Coordinator and with support from the entire Centre team.


  • OCHA is 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 Data Science Fellow should have an undergraduate degree with at least two year of relevant experience. Candidates currently enrolled in a graduate programme are encouraged to apply.
  • The Data Storytelling, Predictive Analytics and User Experience Research Fellows should have an undergraduate degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience or a graduate degree with 3 years of relevant experience. Candidates with more experience are encouraged to apply.


  • Support for the first 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.
  • The fellowship will be for June and July 2018. 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.Funding

    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 April.

Data Science 
Data Storytelling 
Predictive Analytics
User Experience Research

 If you have questions about the Data Fellows Programme or the application process, send an email to centrehumdata@un.org.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OCHA Data Fellows Programme 2018


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