PURPOSE OF THE POSITIONS
We are looking for data literate, bright and creative master students with a hands-on mentality and technical skills to join our team.
As a graduate student, you will be part of a project team that is working on the development of a digital system that facilitates an innovative way of delivering humanitarian aid through cash. Your research 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.
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 programs.
We believe that in a digitally networked society, humanitarian aid can be more people-centric, more localized, more collaborative, faster 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.
Below you find a selection of the research topics for master theses and graduate internships that are currently available. Please indicate what specific question(s) you want to work on in your application.
- How can community consultation in the inclusion of a cash program be digitized, making it faster and more scalable, but still inclusive and fair?
- How can algorithms be used in both digital and offline social networks to validate (digital) identities and its credentials at scale?
Background: Econometrics or related
- What is a process design for digital identity in a humanitarian context?
- How can an ontology be developed based on existing standards to store credentials in a digital identity?
- What is the financial inclusions of people in target countries of humanitarian aid, and what are the preferred options of people to receive aid (in the form of cash)?
- What are globally the possibilities to use cryptocurrencies to facilitate direct cash transfers to people in need? And what are the minimum requirements?
Background: Financial and / or Legal
- How can the geolocation of people be validated, for both people digitally connected and those who are not (e.g. through peer validation, point of interest triangulation, etc.)?
- What is a (co-)design of a financial last mile for a humanitarian cash based assistance system?
- How can governments, humanitarian organizations and the private sector collaborate to set up a (global) self-sovereign digital identity: acceptance, governance and standardization?
Background: Complex Systems Engineering & Management or related
- Can the state of local markets in a disaster affected area be derived from open data analysis, to inform humanitarian cash transfer programs?
Background: Econometrics or related
- Optimization of an algorithm for cash distribution between disaster affected population.
- Integration of multiple risk assessment and forecasting models to support rapid geographical targeting in early warning or disaster response.
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