Interns for the project: The Future of Cash Based Assistance

The Netherlands Red Cross helps to strengthen resilience of vulnerable people exposed to hazards and crisis situations and we respond to disasters and conflicts to save lives and alleviate suffering. In the Netherlands we do this with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and financial aid. Together we act before, during and after natural and man-made disasters to meet the needs and to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

We do this without regards to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinion. Our seven principles guide our humanitarian work: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

510, the data team of the Netherlands Red Cross, is looking for interns to work on the project the Future of Cash Based Assistance.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
We are looking for data literate, bright and creative master students with a hands-on mentality and technical skills to join our team.

As an intern, you will be part of the project team that is working on the development of a digital system that facilitates an innovative way of delivering humanitarian aid through cash. Your work will be part of the design process and will therefore directly impact the final product and implementation.

You will be part of team meetings and design sessions and will work closely together will all team members. We therefore ask you to be able to come to our office in the Hague at least 3 days a week.

BACKGROUND
510 is a self-organizing data innovation initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross. Our vision is that smart use of (big) data will help towards faster and more (cost) effective humanitarian aid at a global level. Contributing to open data, data analyses and capacity building in governments and NGOs is essential to increase the understanding of humanitarian data. We want to shape the future of humanitarian aid by converting data into understanding, and to put it in the hands of humanitarian relief workers, decision makers and people affected so that they can better prepare for and cope with disasters and crises.

The 510 initiative was established early 2016 and has grown since into a team of 50 core and project staff, graduates, students, trainees and volunteer data experts with diverse backgrounds. We often work together and support each other when needed. The team is developing data and digital solutions for both international and domestic humanitarian aid. Our main results are published on 510.global.

We work in virtual teams using a fully digital collaboration environment, which enables us to bridge time differences and physical distances and to continuously work together on some of the most difficult humanitarian challenges. However, we also greatly value the opportunity to work together in a face-to-face setting, which is possible in our office in The Hague.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: THE FUTURE OF CASH BASED ASSISTANCE
A people centric and collaborative future for humanitarian aid through cash

The widening gap between needs and capacity shows a clear need for more cost-effective solutions in the humanitarian sector. For this reason, the humanitarian world is undergoing a transformation in the way that aid is delivered. Cash Based Assistance (CBA) is increasingly used instead of – or in combination with – traditional means of providing in-kind assistance to those in need. 510 is researching the potential of a digital system to improve current Cash Based Assistance.

We believe that in a digitally networked society, humanitarian aid can be more people-centric, more localized, more collaborative and more cost-effective. That is why we aim to develop a system that facilitates optimized and responsible aid delivery through digital networks: from human to human.

This system can be used to transfer money faster to those affected in a disaster area. With this money, people affected can purchase necessities like food, water and other relief goods. This offers a more efficient and dignified way of delivering aid, empowers people in need and fosters local economies.

INTERNSHIP POSITIONS

  • Optimization of an algorithm for cash distribution between a disaster affected population.
  • Integration of multiple risk assessments and forecasting models to support rapid geographical targeting in early warning or disaster response.

REQUIREMENTS

  • MSC/MA in Econometrics, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics or related field
  • Experience with GIS is desirable (for the second internship)
  • Strong motivation to improve the way humanitarian aid is delivered
  • Available to work at our office in the Hague

WE OFFER
A highly dynamic work environment with a lot of responsibilities and possibilities to learn, an internship allowance and reimbursement of travel costs.

CONTACT
Please send your resume in English and letter of motivation to Sophia van Maanen through our website.

For more information you can send an email to: support@510.global.

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