Data rights and regulation are critical issues. Data abuse scandals have triggered debate about how to protect personal privacy. Citizens and consumers have never been more concerned about how their data is used.
At the same time, civic space is closing around the world, with open government reforms under threat in many countries. Elsewhere, governments who have signed up to the Open Data Charter’s (ODC) principles are seeking support to implement them and demonstrate the concrete benefits these reforms can bring citizens.
To date, open data and privacy rights have been treated in isolation, or even opposition. Collaboration is still needed to bring different communities together to develop a rounded, equitable rights framework that has openness at its core while protecting privacy.
With calls for reform in the way big tech operates growing stronger, this is a critical moment of opportunity. Open data advocates must work with the privacy community to articulate and push for the right balance of rights and regulations. ODC has an important role to play. As the key convener in the open data movement, ODC needs to bring relevant voices around the table, create consensus around a set of shared policy proposals and persuasive narratives, and a strategy for landing these arguments with key audiences
The ODC is seeking a Research Manager to take a leading role in the organization’s work on data rights and to strengthen our voice via producing high-quality documents that showcase the work we and our Network do.
We are seeking a qualified professional with a background in research to join our international remote-first team (you can be located anywhere) and who will:
- Support drafting and revision of high-quality, compelling, and detailed project reports and progress reports to institutional donors.
- Lead the revision process for ODC reporting.
- Input and editing on fundraising proposals and program-related functions.
- Lead ODC´s work around data rights and continue developing ODC´s position on the role of open data policies within the broader Digital Rights and Data rights agenda and incorporate insights into ODC outputs, reports, and communications.
- Keep ODC projects and strategy informed of the latest developments related to its network and core themes using literature scans, qualitative studies, interviews, and attendance of events.
- Prepare prospect profiles and briefs to share with team members.
- Support development and implementation of ODC’s fundraising strategy, including drafting of documents and background documents for proposals.
- Support project implementation process, including scoping and planning, to data collection, analysis, and final output.
- Represent ODC at international, regional and local fora.
- A strong research background
- Fluent in English. Spanish is an asset
- Demonstrable track record of successful strategy development and delivery
- Strong independence, initiative
- Able to set your own goals and deliver on them
- Collaborative, honest, self-motivated and enjoys operating under pressure
- Strong leadership skills and ability to build trust as a member of the team while demonstrating good judgment
- Experience in purpose-driven social impact work, including transparency, privacy, open data, or open government
- Experience working in a decentralized and global organization, or in a variety of global settings, is desirable
- Comfortable working across multiple time zones on a daily basis
- Comfortable operating in a cloud-centric environment (G Suite/Google Workspace)
- English proficiency: fluent spoken and fluent written
- Minimum 3-5 years experience as a researcher in a research or applied research environment in the social sciences
- Demonstrated experience researching or working professionally in the following fields: open data, open government, civic technology, information sciences, data science, or equivalent
The following are considered assets, and are not mandatory:
- Proficiency with a programming language, database management, and data standards is considered an asset
- Familiarity with data governance and data management theory, principles, and practice
- Familiarity with current global data discourses including open data, privacy, transparency, data rights, governance
- Experience conducting mixed methods research is an asset
- Human rights experience is advantageous
About the Open Data Charter
The Open Data Charter was launched at the margins of the 2015 United Nations General Assembly after a global consultation by key representatives from governments and leading organizations set out six key Principles, including that data should be open by default, timely and interoperable. Since then, more than 80 governments and more than 50 organizations have joined this movement to shape purpose-driven open data policies and practices around the world - from New Zealand to Kenya, or Buenos Aires to Ontario. We do this to help solve some of the most pressing policy challenges of our time, create just societies and inclusive economies.