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The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) project has received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation to create a Data Lab in Nairobi, Kenya. We can’t wait to get started and are looking to fill three critical positions – a Lab Manager, a Data Manager and a Data Analyst.

iHub Nairobi

A frog team member speaking with a potential Data Lab collaborator at the iHub in Nairobi during the HDX mission in June 2014.
Photo credit: Yumi Endo

The Data Lab will serve as a front line, in-person service to the HDX platform and create a neutral, physical space for humanitarian partners, government officials, technologists, university students and international stakeholders to collaborate on all things data. Data services will include data extraction, cleaning, storage, analysis and visualization. The Lab will host community events, training sessions and research projects. In the process, we want to find new ways to work together on humanitarian data.

Nairobi was chosen as the initial location for a Data Lab because it is a regional setting that is often dealing with multiple emergencies. We also want to explore the relationship between data and resilience in a region that has persistent drought and food insecurity. As we get established, we hope to benefit from the experience of local innovators and entrepreneurs involved in Kenya’s emerging tech scene.

Here is an overview of what we are looking for:

Title Summary of Role
Lab Manager Day-to-day management of the Data Lab; community building and outreach.
Data Manager Work with partners to support their data management processes; clean common data for use by the humanitarian community.
Data Analyst Work with partners to evaluate and analyze relevant data sets through meaningful statistical techniques; use data to create useful insights.

If you are passionate about humanitarian data and Eastern Africa and want to join a great team, apply for a job! If you have ideas on how to ensure the success of this effort or want to collaborate with us in Nairobi, send an email to hdx@un.org.

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