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Research Assistant at Open Data Watch

Open Data Watch (ODW) is a Washington DC based nonprofit organization promoting open data and availability of high quality development statistics in countries and international agencies. ODW monitors and reports on the degree to which countries and agencies have succeeded in implementing open data policies and disseminating development data. It provides knowledge resources to assist decision makers in implementing open data policies and programs in countries or agencies. These include advocacy materials, best practice examples, and advice on needs assessment and support for accessing financial and technical resources. ODW also provides guidance to strengthen countries or agencies' data management and dissemination practices and supports or coordinates partnerships leading to improvements in statistical capacity.


ODW is involved in projects on various development data topics as well as establishing its own knowledge and core activities. ODW provides a rich environment to learn and to be involved in the exciting area of Open Data.  To support the team, ODW is seeking a dynamic and self-motivated research assistant to work closely with team members and clients on the activities described below.


Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Manage data and other content, update ODW databases, and review for quality;

  • Work closely with partners and assist in design and implementation of joint projects;

  • Assist with writing reports, preparing data tables, and charts/graphs;

  • Assist with organizing workshops and conferences, as well as team meetings and preparing "minutes" of the meetings

  • Assist in preparation of social media materials (for  example,. Twitter and Facebook);

  • Monitor and update ODW website such as the events and news sections; as needed participate in systems testing and overall web site maintenance;

  • Carry out other duties related to ODW activities as requested by ODW staff and management.


Selection Criteria:

  • Familiarity with international development and open data issues;

  • Effectively handle and prioritize multiple tasks from multiple supervisors;

  • Able to meet deadlines and agreed-upon results with high quality;

  • Can seek knowledge needed to complete assignments and share knowledge with others;

  • Ability to analyze facts and data to support decisions regarding own and others' work;

  • Bachelor's or higher in economics, statistics, public policy, business, or other development field;

  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); familiarity with a document or content management system (e.g. SharePoint) desirable

  • Experience with statistical or econometric analysis systems such as SAS, STATA , or R desirable;

  • Strong communication (reading, writing, speaking in English) skills;

  • Ability to speak other languages like French and or Spanish desirable;


This is a 3-month appointment, which is renewable, based on performance and available funding. If interested, submit a cover letter and resume to by April 15, 2015.