OPEN DATA WATCH IS SEEKING A
Part-Time Research Assistant
(six positions available)
Open Data Watch (ODW) is a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit organization promoting open data and the improvement of development statistics in countries and international agencies. ODW is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated research assistants to work closely with team members on one of our main research endeavors, the Open Data Inventory (ODIN). ODIN is an in depth assessment of national statistical systems of 175 countries.
JOB SUMMARY AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Research Assistant (RA) is responsible for conducting assessments on the coverage and openness of the statistics contained within the websites of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) using the ODIN scoring methodology. The RA will report to the ODIN project manager and will receive training prior to beginning work.
Specific duties will include:
- Conduct assessments of a minimum of 30 countries for ODIN, as per our methodology.
- Identify relevant statistical data sets within or connected to NSO websites.
- Provide support and documentation for statistical data coverage and openness.
- Bachelor’s or higher in international development, economics, statistics, government, public policy, or other related field.
- Familiarity with international development and open data issues.
- Able to meet deadlines and agreed-upon results with high quality and attention to detail.
- Can seek knowledge needed to complete assignments and share knowledge with others.
- Ability to analyze facts and data to support decisions regarding own and others’ work.
- Proficiency with MS Office, (Word and Excel) and web browsers such as MS Edge, Firefox, or Chrome.
- Strong communication (reading, writing, speaking in English) skills.
- Ability to read other languages. French and/or Spanish preferred. Other relevant languages include Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, and Mongolian.
- Applicants located in Washington, D.C. strongly preferred (indicate in cover letter).
- Must have a personal laptop to conduct work.
- Must be able to attend a training session (either in our DC office or via Skype).
This is a short-term contract position. Each RA, depending on their skill set, will work on a minimum of 30 countries (approximately 120-180 hours). The work must be completed within 3 months after training is completed. Work schedules are flexible. Applicants may work from our Washington, DC office or remotely. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to Reza Farivari by 9 May 2016. Work will begin approximately on 15 June.