OPEN DATA WATCH IS SEEKING A
Deadline to apply is 10 April 2021 (end of day)
Open Data Watch (ODW) is a nonprofit organization promoting open and high-quality development data. ODW works with national statistical offices, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations to increase the availability and impact of development data. ODW monitors and reports on the degree to which countries and agencies have succeeded in implementing open data policies and disseminating their data. Its Open Data Inventory (ODIN) is a widely used measure of the openness of official statistics.
ODW also conducts research and provides guidance to strengthen countries or agencies’ data management and dissemination practices and supports or coordinates partnerships leading to improvements in statistical capacity and support for statistics. ODW has a rich and growing work program on improving the quality and use of data, open data, as well as specific sector focus on gender data and civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS).
ODW is hiring a Research Analyst to work closely with management, team members, partners, and clients on the use of data, open data, and related project workstreams at ODW. The Research Analyst will be responsible for supporting the inception and completion of research projects and coordinating efforts between different projects with strong attention to strategy, implementation, and delegation, and in keeping with ODWs strategic goals.
Duties and Accountabilities
- Assist in research and programs on open data, the use of data, and data accessibility (see Measuring Data Use, ODIN, Understanding Usability of SDG Reporting Platforms, and Assessing the Effectiveness of Data Sites in Nepal, as examples of this work)
- Support Managing Director and Director of Research in reviews of data strategies and methodologies, and prepare presentations and talking points together with in-house designer
- Support the development of new programs to support the strategic direction of the organization
- Assist in policy review and report writing
- As part of research programs, maintain and cultivate relationships with partners
- Carry out other duties related to ODW activities as requested by ODW management
Education and Experience
- Master’s Degree in economics, statistics, international development, or public policy or equivalent
- Three to five years of work experience managing multiple work streams in the not-for-profit sector, preferably in a globally focused organization with an interest and expertise in development data
- Experience working with international organizations such as the UN, World Bank, or national agencies on statistical development projects.
- A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relations with diverse groups of stakeholders
- Demonstrated experience supporting research projects from inception to publication
- Familiarity with statistics/data collection, analysis, and methodology
- Excellent people skills, able to resolve issues independently, with tact and diplomacy
- Excellent analytical skills, demonstrated capacity in MS Excel, but can include programming in R/Python, or similar program.
- Excellent writing skills, with ability to translate technical findings to broad and varied audiences for policy influence
- Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; with a knack for convening stakeholders across varied sectors
- Strong attention to detail and demonstrated excellence working in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with partners
- Well organized with the ability to plan and carry out multiple tasks simultaneously
- Ability to work and deliver under pressure and with tight deadlines
- Reading and writing fluency in Spanish and/or French would be a plus
Location: ODW is based in Washington, D.C but the team is currently remote. We are seeking a candidate who will either be based in DC or work with the team remotely. The candidates must have prior authorization to work in the United States, as we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.
Contract Length: This is a full time, two-year appointment, which is renewable for longer periods, based on performance and available funding.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package.
Reports to: Research Manager and Open Data Manager
To Apply: Send your CV to Jamison Crowell at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Research Analyst”. In the body of the email, please write a couple paragraphs summarizing your interest and qualifications. Do not apply via LinkedIn.
Deadline to apply is 10 April 2021 (end of day)
Note: We will only contact candidates who meet our requirements, including an interest/background in development statistics, open data, and data use, as well as demonstrated research skills.