Technical project manager & Data expert

We help 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 with more than thirty thousand volunteers and internationally through technical assistance, supplies and money. Together we act before, during and after disasters to meet the needs and 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 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 are 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.

510 has opened a vacancy for a:

Technical project manager & Data expert
(project based financing)
The Hague, 32 hours p/w

Position within the team
As a Project Manager you will be part of the core team of 510, at the NLRC (Netherlands Red Cross) Headquarters in the Hague. You will report to the Team lead. The position is financed by multiple funded projects and will subsequently end on 31 December 2022 if no additional funding has become available.

Purpose of the position:
The main purpose of the position is to manage a number of data projects in 510, but involves also participation in the project implementation. The main project to manage is 510s contribution to a multi-year multi-stakeholder programme `Innovative approaches in Response Preparedness’ programme`. Your main counterparts are the 510 team, the data teams within Red Cross National Societies, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center and the programme manager of this project in the NLRC HQ. The project manager should have a solid background in data science, project management as well as at least initial experience in disaster risk management. The project activities are directed to institutional disaster preparedness and strongly focused on climate change and refugees. The activities are channelled through three innovative approaches: Forecast based Financing, Cash transfer programming in preparedness, and data preparedness. They are implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. There are two additional (smaller) data projects to be managed, which are implemented in Malawi and DRC.

Project management:

  • Project management (incl. process- & financial reporting) of the data activities in the ‘ Innovative approaches in Response Preparedness’ project and in at least two additional (smaller) data projects.
  • Coordination of activities between the 510 data team, data teams in other Red Cross National Societies and programme staff.
  • Timely delivery of progress reports (narrative and financial), interim evaluations and other products and publications (such as case studies) required, to the program manager.
  • Oversee and participate in testing and implementation of the data activities your projects.
  • Develop and implement agreements with partners.
  • Proactively informing clients about the status of their projects
  • Contribute to documentation and reporting.

Team responsibilities

  • Work with a team of staff, graduates, students and volunteer data experts
  • Ensure together with 510 team lead an adequate planning of the team on the projects
  • Motivating the project teams, getting the best out of everyone.
  • Maintain intensive collaboration between 510 and the data teams in other National Societies involved in the projects.

Stakeholder management

  • Develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external stakeholders or clients with whom we partner, or for whom we are implementing projects.
  • Lead – and support in – writing proposals for donors or other parties who wish to collaborate with us.
  • Ensure leadership commitment on the use of data and digital with the management of National Societies involved in the projects.

Technical project responsibilities (e.g.)

  • Lead the setting up of data teams in National Societies and support embedding them in the organization.
  • Co-design and implement trainings on data literacy in the Red Cross National Societies.
  • Organize and implement data collaboration workshops with leadership in government, NGOs and the Red Cross National Society, to facilitate data sharing among organizations.
  • Lead data preparedness activities aiming at collecting and collating data on risk indicators.
  • Assess current state of IT and implement IT improvement plans in prioritized National Societies.


  • A University degree in preferably science, technology, engineering or mathematics (e.g. computer science, econometrics, artificial intelligence, (applied) mathematics, (applied) physics, astronomy, technology management),
  • Demonstrable experience (3-5 years) in project management in emergency and development programming, of which at least 2 years of management including financial reporting.
  • Experience in management of projects and partners at a distance
  • Track record showing the capacity to use data to improve processes, operations and decision-making.
  • Living in – or willing to move to – the Netherlands (on own expenses).

Skills and experience

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in a managerial role for 5+ team members.
  • Demonstrable interest in humanitarian aid
  • Experience in bridging the gap between end users in an organization and a team of technical experts from different disciplines
  • Strong interpersonal and advising skills, amongst which a clear talent for influencing and guiding of colleagues and others directly or from a distance
  • Demonstrable experience in project management and in the development of project proposals.
  • Excellent command of the Dutch and English language (written and verbally).


  • Work experience in an international development or humanitarian setting, especially with disaster risk management.
  • Experience in working within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is of added value
  • Professional level French
  • In depth experience in any of the following subject matters: data analysis, data visualization, machine learning, data literacy, or programming.


  • Self confidence
  • Strong listening and feedback skills
  • Being able to communicate clearly and concisely (written and verbally)
  • Result (and quality) oriented
  • Capable to work independently and to set clear goals and priorities
  • Being trustworthy.

What we offer
A flexible and social working environment with room for initiative and personal development. Frequent travelling is part of this position. Salary is set at scale 11, dependent upon education and relevant professional experience (min. € 3144,13 and max. € 4.159,49 gross based on fulltime position).


  • Please send a letter of motivation and CV in English as soon as possible, but no later than 24th of March, due to the start of the recruitment procedure, with reference to Rob Vugs and using the online application tool.
  • For further information on the position please contact Maarten van der Veen,
  • An assessment and reference check are part of the selection procedure. We hope to recruit the suitable candidate by 1 April 2018.

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