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Student Job: Data in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Research Assistant

Student Job: Data in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies Research Assistant


Published on September 11, 2019


Eligibility Requirements:

Rate: $16/hour

Hours: Up to 10 hours/week

Start and End date: asap – April 24, 2020

Application close date: September 20th@4:00pm

Submit your applications through the form at the bottom of this page.


Critical knowledge gaps affect all areas of health in humanitarian crises, limiting the effectiveness of aid efforts in a moment of unprecedented global crisis. Multiple institutions and actors seek to collect, aggregate, analyse and share human health and related data (raw and meta-data) in complex humanitarian emergencies (CHE). This often occurs in legal jurisdictions, and in contexts where different domains of national and international law may or may not apply. What potential risks emerge through poor data privacy and protection practices? What current systems of data protection and normative practices exist for such uses? How can the privacy and privacy and security of people in CHE settings be protected or maximized? What regulatory structures exist or can be created?

In this RAY project, a student will support the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research (DIGHR) in conducting a scoping study on the ethics and governance of data in complex humanitarian emergencies. The scoping study will map out operationally relevant considerations in the gathering and use of data, including knowledge gaps and research priorities in the humanitarian domain. These outputs will be valuable in supporting the DIGHR in scoping the ethical and governance considerations of the data flood in complex humanitarian emergencies, while leveraging the world-leading expertise at York University in multiple domains (health, engineering, environmental studies and information sciences, among others).

Specific research activities the student(s) be engaged in:

  • Create a structured and annotated bibliographic review of existing literature;
  • Create a digital research archive of PDFs of identified papers;
  • Create a series of draft PowerPoint presentations that capture the core conceptual content.

Type of research experience the student(s) will receive:

  • Critical thinking
  • Conducting literature review
  • Preparing presentations and written outputs of research

Type of training and support that will be provided to the student(s) in carrying out these research activities:

  • Methodological training on data analysis
  • Subject matter training on global health and humanitarianism
  • Day-to-day supervision by DIGHR Fellow in Global Health & Humanitarianism, Dr. Syed Imran Ali
  • Regular status meetings with your supervising full-time faculty and DIGHR Director, Professor James Orbinski

Qualifications and skills:

  • Current undergraduate York student
  • Demonstrable interest in global health and humanitarianism
  • Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds/cultures
  • Ability to think conceptually and communicate ideas, thoughts and presentations
  • Experience, and familiarity with conducting literature reviews
  • Excellent computer skills (word processing, email, database management, spreadsheets)
  • Demonstrable eagerness to learn, take on initiative and with good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team with researchers, students, and staff


Global Health & Humanitarianism



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