Consultant on Data Storytelling

UNOPS, The Hague, Netherlands

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th March, 2020

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

The Centre for Humanitarian Data is focused on increasing the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector. It is managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and is based in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Centre’s services are available to humanitarian partners and OCHA staff in the field and at Headquarters free of charge.

The Centre focuses on four areas: data services, data responsibility, data literacy, and predictive analytics. The data services workstream focuses the management of the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform, the development and use of the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) data standard, and support to the International Aid Transparency Initiative. The data responsibility worksteam focuses on the development and adoption of data responsibility guidelines and different techniques for the secure management of data, both within OCHA and the broader humanitarian system. The data literacy workstream focuses on improving the data skills of technical and non-technical humanitarians through the delivery of training programmes and development of capacity-building material. The predictive analytics workstream focuses on model development, including threshold and trigger design, and quality assurance of partner models through validation and a peer review process.

The Centre’s Data Fellows programme began in 2018 and supports all four workstreams. This high-profile initiative is designed to expose the Centre team and partners to new areas of data-related expertise that can impact humanitarian response and advance the goals of the Centre. The structure of the programme provides the Data Consultants/Fellows with exposure to different parts of the humanitarian system while allowing them to focus time and energy on an individual project that addresses a challenge related to the use and impact of data in the sector.

The Centre will host its third class of Data Consultants/Fellows in The Hague in June and July 2020. The 2020 Data Consultants/Fellows will focus on three areas: Data Storytelling (Education), Predictive Analytics, and Statistics (Mosaic Effect). The Fellowship programme is residential, with Data Consultants/Fellows living and working in The Hague under the direction of the Coordinator for the Data Fellows Programme.
Functional Responsibilities

The Consultant will be responsible for the following:

Design and execute a project related to data storytelling based including the development of at least one data story utilizing data available via HDX to help translate insight into action for humanitarian responders.

  • Design and deliver at least one session (in person or online) for the Centre team and broader community on an aspect of their area of technical expertise.
  • Communicate publicly about the project focus and key outcomes (in the form of a blog and other related channels).
  • Produce a final report outlining the key insights from the project and, as relevant, providing recommendations for further work in the area of focus.
  • Utilize available project management and office communication tools to effectively track and deliver expected outputs.
  • Maintain active and clear communications with relevant members of the Centre and the Fellowship partner organization(s) throughout the course of the programme


The Consultant will complete the following deliverables

  • A briefing note on the initial desk and user research including a concrete problem statement outlining the concept for a data story
  • A data story using data available via HDX to generate actionable insight for humanitarian responders and the broader community, with a focus on education in forced displacement
  • Detailed technical documentation (method, requirements, development roadmap) for the data storytelling approach as needed
  • At least one blog post on the outcomes of the project.
  • A final report outlining the key achievements of the project and, as relevant, providing recommendations for further work in the area of focus.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in graphic design, human-computer interaction or a related design discipline.
  • Bachelor’s degree with additional four years of experience can be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree with two years of experience.


  • At least two years of experience (depending on Degree qualification) with communications, including designing visual language systems for digital products and services in design consultancy or in-house environment
  • Demonstrated experience creating visual designs that effectively communicate product function and brand identity, including the design and production of screen layouts, color palettes, typography, user interface elements, and icons.
  • Knowledge of capabilities and limitations of Web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript and CSS.
  • Understanding of user behavior and experience as it relates to design.
  • Familiarity with responsive design and proficiency with relevant design software packages such as AdobeCC, Sketch and InVision.
  • A strong understanding of how comps translate to code.
  • Familiarity with agile development and prototyping.

In addition, the following would be desirable but are optional:

  • Motion graphics and animation skills (optional but a plus)
  • Experience with designing for social impact a plus.


  • Fluency in English is required (both oral and written).
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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