What does the new data landscape require of staff?

By Kelli Rogers 19 May 2015

Jon Herstein, international human resources operations director and human resources business partner at RTI International, explains his take on the staffing effects of the big data push.

Most RTI International staff have a fundamental understanding of how data can be used and how it’s collected, Jon Herstein, international human resources operations director and human resources business partner at RTI, told Devex.

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Many development organizations are already jumping on the big data bandwagon when it comes to hiring, but RTI can already rely on staff who specialize in survey methodology and data analysis outside of their international development group. They’ve been able to utilize this expertise when developing mobile data collection instrument Tangerine, he noted, an app that records data from early grade reading and mathematics assessments.

It’s not as important that everyone have an understanding of data analysis, but an appreciation of how and why data can be used should be standard, Herstein said.

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.


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