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Retainer Data Manager 

Functional Responsibilities

The Data Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Work with partner organizations to support their data sharing efforts on HDX.
  • Develop data visualizations and analysis for data-sharing organizations.
  • Support daily maintenance of HDX by creating new organization pages, reviewing the quality of new datasets, adding gallery items to featured datasets, and archiving out-of-date data.
  • Curate the HDX Data Grids by focusing on specific countries or sub categories and helping to increase data completeness in priority humanitarian operations.
  • Identify potential data contributors and work to bring new organizations into the HDX community.
  • Promote the use of the Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL) data standard to increase interoperability of data from spreadsheets and systems.
  • Work with HDX data contributors and data users to explore opportunities for data integration and backend development; propose improvements to existing processes and systems.
  • Provide training to partners on the HDX platform, data cleaning and data visualization tools.
  • Attend meetings and workshops to represent HDX and the Centre.
  • Participate in team and partner meetings as required.

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Education/Experience/Language requirements

*Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
*Candidates with no United Nations or UNOPS experience are strongly encouraged to apply


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in statistics, mathematics, economics, computer science, or related field.
  • A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two (2) years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

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  • A minimum of 2 years of experience using spreadsheets, statistical software and/or open source tools to analyze, evaluate and visualize data is required.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills are required.

Desired Experience (The following experiences are optional. Candidates who do not have them are welcome to apply)

  • Knowledge of geographic (GIS) data, its analytical procedures and software is desirable
  • Knowledge of statistical programming languages (e.g. R, Python / NumPy) is desirable.
  • Knowledge of web-development technologies is a plus (e.g. JavaScript, HTML, CSS).
  • Experience with humanitarian data and indicators is desirable.


  • Fluency in English (read, write, speak) is required
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) – Retainer : A retainer contract is issued for a period of time during which the services of the individual contractor are required intermittently. The individual contractor agreement on retainer basis will specify a “unit price” per day worked. For budgetary purposes, a monetary cap will be determined when the contract is awarded and issued. Please note that the retainer contract will not provide for a minimum, and payment will be made only after completion of work

Contract level: International Individual Contractor Agreement (I-ICA 1)

Contract duration: 12 months
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This is not a position in UNOPS. UNOPS is solely providing operational support to its partner UNOCHA for this recruitment process. The selected candidate will be a personnel member of UNOCA under its full responsibility and salaries and benefits will be decided by UNOCHA.


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