We’re recruiting

Could you be part of shaping and delivering a pivotal global study of data policy and practice?

The Global Data Barometer is recruiting for three research associate roles (up to full-time, 16 month initial contract with extension subject to funding) to develop and implement the first edition of this global study.

We are seeking experienced qualitative and/or quantitative social researchers with an understanding of international development and data policy to take on responsibilities for:

  • Refining survey questions and indicators to interrogate policy and practices around data governance, capacity, availability, use and impact in a wide range of sectors;
  • Building and supporting a network of over 100 country-level researchers, working in partnership with our regional research hubs;
  • Collating together secondary data to build a comparative picture of countries strengths and weaknesses in governing and deploying data for public good;
  • Producing policy-relevant analysis, reports, data visualisations and open datasets to support decision makers, researchers and practitioners promote public good approaches to data;
  • Developing responsive research projects with our sectoral partners, looking at data for public good in land, procurement, anti-corruption, pandemic response and other issue areas.

Successful candidates will join a small remote-working start-up research organisation, with scope to take on leadership roles within the project.

Roles and application details

We recognise that great researchers will come from many different backgrounds. We’ve identified ten key responsibilities for the research associates team, and have split these across three job descriptions.

We recognise that applicants may bring a mix of skills and interests that cut across these separate role profiles, so welcome applications that address any combination of these roles.

Application process

Applications should be submitted through our online form. The closing data for application is 11th May 2020.

Application guidance

  • Draft a short covering letter (up to 1,000 words) explaining your suitability for the role;
  • Identify 2 – 3 publications you have played a lead role in that demonstrate your research skills and experience;
  • Submit your covering letter, publication samples, and a tailored CV of up to four pages, through our online application form.

You are encouraged to review the draft research framework for the Barometer study prior to any application. Other (optional) background reading that may support an application includes:

Pay and conditions

This is a remote working position, and can be undertaken from anywhere in the world. The candidate should be able to work at least two hours a day overlapping with 9am – 5pm GMT.

Depending on candidate location, this role will be offered as a consultancy contract, with the candidate responsible for their own tax and health benefits. Direct employment options are only available in Uruguay or the UK.

Compensation will be based on skills, experience and local costs. We have benchmarked our project budget using Glassdoor data for ‘Senior Research Associate’, ‘Research Associate’ and ‘Postdoctoral Researcher’ and ‘Research Officer’ job titles.

Roles may be offered for between half-time and full-time, with a preference for appointing at 4 or 5 days/week.

Depending on team composition, full/part-time balance, and living costs in team locations, our initial budget can accommodate rates between the equivalent of USD $100 to USD $350/day. You should include a salary expectations range in your application form.

As a new hosted project, with the scope to develop into an independent organisation in future, you will be joining a research start-up, with opportunities to shape the culture, policies and practice of the organisation. We’ve got an ambitious project to deliver together, but you can also expect a commitment to your welfare, a collegiate environment, and opportunities for professional and personal development.

To get a sense of the values we’re bringing to building a team, you can read here about the last organisation co-founded by our project convenor here, or take a look at learning from The Engine Room, whose commitment to welfare based remote-working we aspire to emulate. Our fiscal sponsor, ILDA and our funders IDRC are equally committed to supporting team welfare, development and capacity building.

We anticipate our funding will allow us to initially appoint roles with start dates from mid-June 2020 on contracts up until autumn 2021. We are committed to working for long-term sustainability of the project, and being able to extend contracts if appropriate.