[Update: The vacancies are now closed. Thanks to all who applied.]

The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is establishing a Data Lab in Dakar, Senegal. This has been in the works for some time and we are excited to finally get started. The Lab will provide services to partners across West Africa and in close collaboration with the OCHA Regional Office in Senegal. Services will include data processing, systems integration, capacity building and community engagement. The Lab will focus on a range of data challenges, including health data management, data security and mobile integration.

HDX played an important role as an open data repository for the response to the West Africa Ebola Outbreak. The platform provided a neutral place for responders, researchers, and media to find key figures and in-depth data about the crisis. The HDX team also provided direct field support for data management activities in Guinea during the summer of 2015. More recently, we created a map explorer for data about the Lake Chad Basin.


Image: Map layers of the West Africa Ebola Outbreak found at

Senegal is an ideal location for the Lab because it serves as a hub for teams managing multiple humanitarian emergencies in the region. We will also benefit from the experience of local innovators and entrepreneurs involved in Dakar’s emerging tech scene.

HDX opened its first Data Lab in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014 to provide data services to partners and help the humanitarian community connect data from across the region. The new Lab in Dakar will operate in the same way to support data efforts across West Africa. It will serve as a front line, in-person service to the HDX platform and create a place for humanitarian partners, government officials, technologists, universities, and international stakeholders to collaborate on all things data.

The Lab will be staffed by three positions including a Lab Manager, a Data Manager and a Data Scientist. Here is an overview of what we are looking for:

Title Summary of Role
Lab Manager Day-to-day management of the Data Lab; oversight of data services and community engagement.
Data Manager Support partners with their data management processes; train partners on how to use the HDX platform and the HXL data standard.
Data Scientist Integrate data systems with HDX; build interactive visuals for partners.

If you are passionate about the use of humanitarian data in West Africa and want to join a great team, please apply by 12 October by following the links for each position above. If you have ideas on how to ensure the success of this effort or want to collaborate with us in Dakar, send an email to

We are grateful for support from the Paul G Allen Family Foundation to establish the Dakar Data Lab. The grant will also be used to improve the use of the Humanitarian Exchange Language and its integration with HDX. We will be communicating more about this work in the coming weeks and months.