MapAction

Data Scientist / Data Science Lead

Job description

Title will depend on the candidate’s experience and skillset.
Location: MapAction’s Office at the Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague, Netherlands desirable Or remote from Chinnor, Oxfordshire, UK.
Salary: €48,000 - €60,000 dependent on experience including 8% holiday allowance if based in The Hague.
Responsible to: Technical Director, MapAction
Works closely with: Head of Predictive Analytics Team at the Centre for Humanitarian Data
Must have the right to live and work in the Netherlands (preferred location) or United Kingdom. (MapAction is unable to consider candidates who do not already hold appropriate permissions)
The job holder will be required to work from the offices in the Hague with regular travel to head office in Chinnor, UK and attendance to MapAction team training days through the year. Should the Job holder be based in the UK then you will be required to visit the offices in the Hague at least once a month. Due to Covid 19 situation you will be required to potentially work from home.
Flexibility and willingness to work outside office hours including evenings and weekends occasionally. In particular, training events will be scheduled for a weekend, once a month and this post may need to attend these events in the UK.
MapAction
MapAction is a leading humanitarian mapping charity, registered in the UK. It deploys skilled volunteers to international humanitarian emergencies to map priority needs. This mapped information helps responders target their response effectively, contributing to saving lives and minimising suffering.
Since MapAction’s beginnings in 2003, our team of skilled and dedicated volunteers has helped coordinate the response to over 90 different humanitarian crises including earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods and conflict-related crises, and by supporting partners with building their own capacity at regional and national levels.
Our vision is for people to be more resilient to emergencies and for all those involved to be more effective, using technological advances in data management and geospatial analysis.
Centre for Humanitarian Data
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.
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 modelling to arrive at an answer. The Centre initiated its work on Predictive Analytics through the 2018 and 2019 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. In September 2019 the Centre created a new workstream for Predictive Analytics that will focus on three areas: modelling, peer review, and community building.
Purpose
This role will continue to build MapAction’s data science portfolio of work, largely focusing on data preparedness and anticipatory action via collaborations with the Centre for Humanitarian Data.

The objectives of this post holder are to:
  • Provide MapAction with data-based insights into humanitarian emergencies by learning from and integrating MapAction data flows with the Centre.
  • Inform the Centre’s data gathering, processing and analysis practices to meet the needs of early phase humanitarian response, drawing upon MapAction’s extensive field experience.
  • Seek new opportunities to add value to the data management and humanitarian response process.
  • Support MapAction teams in analysing and visualizing data during a humanitarian emergency response.
  • Coordinate and lead MapAction’s growing team of data science volunteers in carrying out projects to support our partner organisations.
  • Communicate and share MapAction’s data science work via internal trainings, conference presentations, and blog posts.
  • Undertake administrative duties as part of MapAction’s small staff team, such as attending regular meetings, contributing to personnel recruitment, developing training materials, and supporting the implementation of our MEAL framework.
Line management: Technical Director MapAction
Task management: Head of Predictive Analytics team, Centre for Humanitarian Data. It is envisaged that meetings will take place periodically to ensure coordination of the activities of the postholder for MapAction and for the Centre.

Profile
Required
  • Exceptional communication skills, in order to explain your work to people who do not understand the mechanics behind data analysis
  • Years experience in data analytics and statistical modelling (especially when applied to a spatial environment)
  • Intermediate to advanced programming skills in Python (arcpy, gdal, geopandas, pandas, scikit-learn) and/or R
  • Strong data editing, analysis and processing skills are required
  • Experience in understanding partner needs and requirements, in particular working with non technical clients
  • Experience in data visualisation
  • Self-motivated and organised; adaptable, resilient and solution-orientated
  • Good team player
  • Eligibility to work in the EU.
  • Committed to MapAction values and a willingness to work in partnership
  • Experience with project management
Desirable
  • Proficiency in GIS and software development, or a related subject or equivalent professional experience
  • Humanitarian knowledge/experience, particularly relating to anticipatory action
  • Languages (particularly French and Spanish
  • Graphic design
  • Cartography
  • Teaching, training or capacity building experience
  • Experience in open source software
  • Practical experience with one or more of these: GeoServer, PostgreSQL / PostGIS, OpenLayers, Leaflet, MapBox, QGIS Server, QGIS, GeoExt and/or ESRI ArcGIS Suite, MapServer, MapInfo, Google Earth
Equal Opportunities Policy
MapAction is an Equal Opportunities employer. All employees have a personal responsibility to promote and support measures designed to create a working environment which is free from harassment or discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, membership of the Traveller community or HIV & AIDS status. MapAction also positively encourages Women and those from the BAME community to apply.
How to apply
Please provide a covering letter and CV that sets out how you meet the required competencies for the role. All applications should be made via our website and GoHire. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 3rd November.. Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

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