Senior scientist disaster impact

Context: The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) has been active for over 40 years in the fields of international disaster and conflict health studies, with activities linking relief and development. CRED promotes research and technical expertise on humanitarian emergencies, particularly in public health and epidemiology. The centre is part of the Institute for Health and Society (IRSS) within UCLouvain.

The International Disaster Database EM-DAT was created by CRED in 1988, and consists of a systematic compilation of disaster impact data at a global level. The database goes back to 1900, and is updated on a daily basis. It contains data on disaster characteristics as well as on human (e.g. number of deaths, number injured, number of affected), and economic impact. The database is part of the EM-DAT project, funded by USAID.

Job description: We are looking for a senior staff member to set up disaster impact data collection activities at regional and subnational level. We aim to conduct a pilot project for this in four countries in Asia and/or Africa. Specifically, the project includes the following tasks:

  • Identify and engage with stakeholders in Asian and African countries, affected by disasters.
  • Visit and train stakeholders on methods and tools they can use to collect and enter disaster impact data at a subnational level.
  • Support stakeholders in implementing the collection, entry and management of subnational disaster impact data.
  • Support stakeholders in the analysis of subnational disaster impact data, e.g. in making maps using GIS technology.
  • Undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of the pilot project.

In addition, we expect the candidate to contribute to other activities related to the EM-DAT project, in consultation with the management committee of CRED.

Duration: Initially 1 year, renewable. The position is foreseen for 1.0 fte (100%).


  • A relevant masterís degree, e.g. public health, geography.
  • Good knowledge of GIS technology, data collection & analysis and database management.
  • Knowledge of and experience with EM-DAT or other global or local disaster data collection activities is considered an asset.
  • Good communication and organizational skills and experience in managing projects.
  • Willing to conduct fieldwork abroad.
  • Pro-active attitude & expected to work autonomously, while regularly providing updates to the team.
  • Excellent knowledge of written & spoken English. Knowledge of French is desirable but not a must.

Application: Send your CV and letter of motivation to

Salary: Salary according to official University regulations.

Deadline: Open until 16 June 2022

For any further information, contact Niko Speybroeck (e-mail address:

posted: 13 May 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.