You are an enthusiastic, self-organizing professional, student or volunteer who is interested in being part of a wider team. You believe that humanitarian actors should take advantage of the opportunities provided by (open or closed) data, but they should do so responsibly, i.e. by being aware of the impact the data they handle can have.

Your main focus for this assignment will be on the application of 510 data responsibility policy (version 2.2). For this you will also refer to the Privacy Policy of the Netherlands Red Cross. You will set up guidelines for an internal data responsibility audit, analysing all projects and activities of 510 vis a vis their compliance with this policy.


You think that in order for humanitarian actors to leverage the potential offered by data, data responsibility needs to be embedded deeper into the daily routines and practices of each organization and its staff. In order to achieve this you believe that it is necessary to raise awareness on the topic in a practical and easy to understand way. This is a long, gradual process but a very important one.


Looking for details while keeping an eye on the big picture. Below is an outline of the tasks and activities that you will work on together with the data responsibility policy adviser and other (professional) volunteers:

* Write up guidelines for the internal data responsibility audit process

* Prepare a schedule for the implementation of the data responsibility audit

* Schedule interviews with project leads and relevant 510 staff.

* Conduct a data responsibility audit

* Prepare audit report, including recommendations.


* Interest in data responsibility

* Meticulous eye for detail

* Positive, constructive approach aimed at improving work practices & performance. (As opposed to overly zealous application of rules.)

* Research & analysis skills

* Ability to handle large amounts of information

* Writing skills

* Good command of written & spoken English


* Experience with or knowledge of data processing would be an asset

* Organisational awareness, ability to analyse business processes

* Project management skills

* Previous experience with international development would be an asset


This is an internship position for which:

* We are looking for a currently enrolled student who is available for the entire project duration which we estimate to be at least 3 – 4 months.

* In order to ensure continuity in the work and continuation of the process we are looking for someone who is available at least 4 days per week.

* Considering the nature of the work we ask you to come to our office in the Hague regularly, at least 2 times per week.

* We reimburse travel costs within certain limits.

* An internship allowance of EUR 350 per month is available for university students.

Please contact via email if you are interested and want to know more.


Assessing the benefit of data-driven solutions in every humanitarian context versus their potential harm, requires awareness about how to use data technology and data in a responsible way. Humanitarian actors should take advantage of the opportunities provided by (open or closed) data, but they should do so responsibly. When collecting and utilising personal data, the new EU General Data Protection Regulation imposes vital obligations upon organisations in terms of data protection. While conforming with data protection requirements is an important step to enhance transparency, data responsibility takes into account ethical considerations that go beyond compliance.

With this in 510 has developed a data responsibility policy, aiming to provide practical guidance to humanitarian practitioners working with potentially sensitive data in the field. In order to support awareness raising on the topic and stimulate application of the policy, 510 is currently developing an e-course on data responsibility and has set out to undertake an internal audit on data responsibility.

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