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Manager, Inclusive Data Charter Outreach, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Position Overview

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), hosted at the UN Foundation, with a distributed team working from five countries, is a fast-growing, dynamic international partnership bringing together over 200 different organizations including governments, UN agencies, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others. The GPSDD makes connections and brokers partnerships to address the problems of gaps in data production, poor data use, access, quality, and works with stakeholders to fully harness the new opportunities of the data revolution in the service of sustainable development.

Based on partner demand, the GPSDD set up a task team to address specific data challenges related to measuring and understanding the needs of the poorest and most marginalized populations, in order to meet the 2030 Agenda aspiration to ‘Leave No One Behind’. The task team focused on accelerating progress on data disaggregation and developed the Inclusive Data Charter (IDC) to mobilize political support to address the challenge, reflecting a recognition that political barriers often prevent technical solutions from being developed or widely adopted.

The Charter includes two parts: a high-level vision with five principles that countries and organizations are asked to sign up to; and a tailored action plan that each of those signing up must develop themselves. The aim of the action plan is to show the practical steps the organization or country is taking towards achieving the high-level vision and principles, as well as highlighting the longer-term actions needed.  The Charter has been designed to enable a wide range of organizations to sign up, creating a broad movement in support of inclusive data. This includes governments of high, middle, and low-income countries, city-level governments, multilateral organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector.

Since the Charter launched in July 2018, 14 champions  have signed up. Building on this momentum, we are aiming to grow interest, increase the number of champions joining the Charter, and increase the engagement of existing champions.  The Inclusive Data Charter is currently supported by an IDC Secretariat consisting of a full time Inclusive Data Charter Coordinator based at Sightsavers in the UK but sits within the GPSDD secretariat team and benefits from advice, guidance and support from GPSDD secretariat staff. Overall guidance and support are also provided by the two IDC Task Team co-facilitators from Sightsavers and DFID. 

To match our ambitious aims, we are now looking to grow the IDC team and are looking for a dynamic and experienced Outreach Manager to work alongside the Inclusive Data Charter Project Manager, and a newly recruited Technical Advisor.  The Outreach Manager will be responsible for increasing the growth in Charter champions to 40 by the end of 2019 and promoting greater awareness of the Charter and its impact on accelerating progress on data disaggregation. The Outreach Advisor will be project managed by the IDC Project Manager as part of the IDC team and will be housed and line managed by GPSDD, with location based on recruitment.

Additional information

  • The start date for this position is ideally by the end of June 2019.
  • This is a 1-year grant-funded position with the possibility of yearly extensions.
  • The role will be line managed within GPSDD’s Communication and Engagement Team and project managed by the IDC Project Manager.
  • The post-holder will work closely with other members of the IDC Secretariat team who will be based in other locations around the world.
  • The role will require domestic and international travel on a regular basis.

Responsibilities

  • Lead on IDC outreach and engagement, and identify mechanisms to promote the Charter among key data, statistics and SDGs communities, including shaping and supporting major public facing events;
  • Develop an IDC outreach strategy as the project grows and needs dictate, including identifying priority countries and organizations to engage, and entry points for discussions;
  • Engage and support potential champions in the process of signing up to the Charter, including building strong relationships with key focal points from champion countries and organizations;
  • Broker relationships between existing champions and potential champions for onboarding and peer-to-peer support and work with Technical Advisor to provide a technical support plan;
  • Identify potential sources of funding from external agencies interested in the area of development data and work with IDC Project Manager and Task Team co-facilitators to ensure follow up;
  • Develop collateral and other materials to support with IDC outreach and engagement;
  • Facilitate existing champions’ role in IDC outreach;
  • Work with the Inclusive Data Charter Project Manager; the IDC Technical Advisor and GPSDD colleagues to share learning and knowledge around accelerating progress on data disaggregation;
  • Any other duties as assigned by management.

Selection Criteria

  • 5-7 years’ experience in advocacy and/or communications in international development or foreign policy;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with people from a wide variety of organizations, cultures, and with a wide variety of functional expertise;
  • Proven ability to coordinate stakeholders across sectors and geography;
  • Experience with the Sustainable Development Goals, international development or work with marginalized groups required, experience with data and statistics preferred;
  • Excellent communication skills both written and spoken;
  • Experience of working with high level government officials and senior staff at partner organizations;
  • Good planning skills to be able to meet competing deadlines and cope with fluctuations in workload;
  • Well-organized and able to work autonomously;
  • Ability to flexibly manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Team player that is interested in being part of a highly functioning, fast-paced group of professionals;
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress;
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits and Compensation

For full-time, benefit eligible employees in the United States, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • A choice of two health plans through United Healthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA),
  • dental insurance,
  • vision discounts,
  • flexible spending accounts,
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution,
  • group term and supplemental life insurance,
  • short-term disability,
  • long-term disability,
  • health club discounts,
  • commuter benefits, and
  • employee assistance program. 

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of parental leave.

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