Data Standards Adoption Consultant, Remote Working and Open to Flexible Working

We are a fully remote organisation with staff across the UK
14 Oct 2019
01 Nov 2019
Contract Type

Open Data Services Co-op works with leading transparency initiatives, providing tools and technical assistance to organisations across the world to make sure that open data is useful, usable and in use. We’re looking for a new person to join our interdisciplinary team, working with data publishers and users.

This role will make a key contribution to scaling support for transparency in public contracting, grantmaking transparency, the transparency of corporate ownership and transparency in humanitarian and international aid by providing accessible, friendly frontline support to a wide range of organisations.

With that in mind, we’re looking for the following essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of providing friendly technical consultancy and support to technical and non-technical clients;
  • Experience working with structured data (JSON, XML etc.);
  • Ability to write documentation and training resources;
  • Ability to work remotely, and with online collaboration tools;
  • Ability to travel to deliver training or consultancy;
  • Capacity for independent and team working, and prioritising a complex workload;
  • Clear data analysis skills (e.g. use of SQL) and attention to detail.

We’re looking for the following desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Working with schema languages such as JSON Schema, using and modifying scripts written in Python and working with version control in Git.
  • Contributing to project management or product ownership for digital tools and services.
  • Working on both policy and technology dimensions of open data, working with the non-profit and international development sectors.
  • Knowledge and experience of work relating to grantmaking, aid, procurement or corporate transparency.
  • Business or management skills (e.g. client management, finance, staff welfare, business development or communications).
  • Experience of working co-operatively.

Apply by 9am on the 1st November 2019

What does the role involve? [key responsibilities]

  • You will work with a wide variety of organisations to help them publish and use open data using specific open data standards, with a primary focus on data relating to procurement, grantmaking, corporate structures and humanitarian and international aid.
  • You will be one of the main points of contact for our publisher and user support service, fielding requests and providing tailored technical input for advocacy staff, policy makers, system architects and developers, to help them understand and implement key open data standards.
  • You will provide general training and bespoke support, both remotely and in person, offering ad-hoc advice and ongoing consultancy to clients ranging from small charities to national governments.
  • You will travel nationally and internationally to meet with clients, offer on-site technical support, deliver training and attend conferences.
  • You will manage relationships with policy and technology staff, and will support them to publish and use data in formats including JSON, spreadsheets and XML.
  • You will undertake research to feed into the development of data standards and shared codelists, including
  • You will keep a focus on the impact of open data: making sure that transparency is not a tick-box exercise, but instead that it delivers genuinely impactful outcomes.
  • You will become involved in project management, product ownership and client management roles in the co-op.
  • You will analyse data to provide feedback to publishers and users.
  • And as part of our co-operative, you will be involved in running the organisation, taking part in one or more subgroups (finance, business development, staff welfare, communications, and more) and contributing to other areas of the business.

what can we offer?

  • Everyone who works here has a stake in the organisation.
  • 33 days holiday (including Bank holiday)
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Remote working
  • Training Budget 
  • UK and international Travel
  • Travel and co-working Allowance
  • Pay is £37,822/year + bonuses

how to apply

Click the link below and follow the instructions on our page.

Applications are due by 9am on 1st November 2019. Following shortlisting, we will conduct short telephone interviews in the week commencing 11th November, and we may invite you to an in-person meeting during w/c 18th November.


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