We are seeking an experienced researcher 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: qualitative data and communications

Whilst contributing to the overall work of the research associates team, the research associates for qualitative data and communications will have primary responsibilities for:

  • Expert survey research – Carrying out rapid literature reviews, evaluating existing indicators, creating, testing and refining survey questions to be included in the Global Data Barometer expert survey. Working with partners to prioritise questions, and to create light-touch training materials for country experts. Managing quality of survey results, leading survey analysis, and carrying out additional direct country research or review where required.
  • Research capacity building – Contributing to 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.
  • Qualitative analysis – Leading the analysis of qualitative data gathered through the Barometer. 
  • Report writing – Designing and co-authoring an overall Global Data Barometer report, and sector-specific sub-reports, combining quantitative and qualitative analysis, case studies, charts and data visualisations. Creating conference and journal papers on project findings. Contributing to sector-specific reports.
  • Research communications – Developing communications strategy for the study, creating blog posts and social media content, taking part in presentations and interviews on study findings, and managing study launch and dissemination.
  • Evaluation – Contributing to 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.
  • 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.
  • A track record working on collaborative and/or international research projects, and producing high-quality and accessible research outputs.


  • Experience of working as part of a remote-working team
  • Experience working on projects with international development funders and partners
  • Project leadership and management experience.
  • Relevant networks in the open government, open data and data policy space.
  • Multiple spoken or written languages, particularly Spanish, French and Arabic.
  • Programming/scripting experience – particularly python (pandas) or R

Personal 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.