We are seeking an experienced researcher or research manager with an understanding of international development and data policy to work between half and full time over the next 16 months as part of the team delivering an ambitious global study. (See overview & application Details | Closing Date: 11th May 2020)

Role profile for research associate: coordination and partnerships

Whilst contributing to the overall work of the research associates team, the research associates for coordination and partnerships will have primary responsibilities for:

  • Project management and coordination – Working with a network of regional research hubs and sectoral partners to establish partnership agreements, discuss data collection standards and timelines, track task completion and project progress, monitor data collection, meet funder reporting requirements, maintain good communication, and support collaborative working.
  • Contributing to study design – Refining the research framework for the first edition of the Global Data Barometer to make sure it generates policy and research-relevant insights into data for public good. Contributing to the design of future iterations of the study, as well as the design of sector-specific sub-studies.
  • Research capacity building – Leading work with regional research hubs and country researchers to support high-quality research on topics in open data, data science, data governance and machine-learning.
  • Report writing – Contributing to research analysis and co-authoring the overall Global Data Barometer report, and sector-specific sub-reports, combining quantitative and qualitative analysis, case studies, charts and data visualisations. Contributing to collaborative conference and journal papers on project methodology and findings. Contributing to sector-specific reports.
  • Fundraising – Identifying and approaching potential project funders, contributing to a 10-year project fundraising strategy, working with regional research hubs and sectoral partners to secure local match-funding, contributing to donor reporting.
  • Evaluation – Developing and implementing an evaluation strategy for the project.

Person specification

Skills and Experience


  • A minimum of masters level qualification or equivalent. Higher qualification (e.g. PhD) or evidence of extended research experience is welcome.
  • A track record working on collaborative and/or international research project and coordinating cross-border and cross-organisational collaborations.
  • Proven project management skills for remote-working teams
  • Experience working on projects with international development funders and partners


  • Experience designing, leading or implementing research in a relevant discipline or field, including but not limited to: social science, data science, political science, internet studies, technology policy, political science, open data, media studies or data governance.
  • A deep knowledge of relevant global policy debates linked to public data including: open data, data governance, machine-learning, data protection, open government & transparency, data collaboratives and data trusts.
  • Relevant networks in the open government, open data and data policy space.
  • Multiple spoken or written languages, particularly Spanish, French and Arabic.

Person attributes

  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to work well across countries and cultures
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to manage and prioritise a complex workload
  • Effective time management and ability to meet deadlines
  • A deep commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice

For other role details, and information on how to apply, please view the main jobs page.