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Program Manager, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data


The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, hosted at the UN Foundation, is a fast-growing, dynamic international network of more than 200 partners, sharing a vision of a world where the opportunities of the data revolution are available to and for all of humanity, helping to achieve sustainable development. Our members include governments, businesses, civil society, international organizations, academia, foundations, and statistics agencies.  Our goal is to drive better decisions and better lives for all by facilitating the production and use of better data, and we do this through strategic partnerships, advocacy, technical assistance and pilot initiatives to support our partners at the global, regional and national levels.

We are looking for a passionate, innovative, flexible and collaborative Program Manager (PM) to support our activities and programs in Francophone countries in West Africa. The PM, working closely with the Regional Director for Africa and other colleagues, will be responsible for supporting country level engagements intended to catalyze progress on addressing key data issues for sustainable development at both national and subnational levels. In addition, the PM will provide expertise and support on other aspects of the GPSDD strategy and workplan including multi-stakeholder collaboration around new sources of data, including the Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC). 

We are looking for someone with relevant experience and networks, and the open and collaborative approach needed to advance national data roadmaps processes in existing and new countries coming on board the GPSDD. The PM should have the skills to easily engage at the country, regional and global levels to identify and support how data and technology can best address needs based on local context. The postholder will also work with others in the team to shape GPSDD’s strategy to bring Partners together to strengthen data ecosystems, and to ensure that open data, earth observation and geospatial data, big data and citizen generated data can be accessed and used to achieve the SDGs and sustainable development more broadly.

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with the Regional Director for Africa to further define the overall strategy and workplan for GPSDD’s country level engagement and brokering in Francophone West Africa.
  • Leverage their networks or tap into new and existing networks to identify country level multi-stakeholder opportunities to harness data for sustainable development.
  • Engage on a regular cadence with our country partners to identify key points of engagement to further support their data roadmap for sustainable development processes.
  • Engage with select political and technical partners to identify opportunities for their engagement in support of country level implementation on the SDGs.
  • Engage at regional and global levels to support GPSDD’s strategy on data to achieve and monitor the SDGs, in diverse areas spanning official and non-official data communities.
  • Provide recommendations on how GPSDD’s network can most effectively connect supply and demand including facilitating the exchange of lessons learned.
  • Support the development of case studies and blogs about innovation on the use of data and technology to support sustainable development and social good.
  • Represent GPSDD as needed, at public events including sub-regional or regional or country engagements with our partners and in other forums.
  • Other duties as maybe assigned from time to time.

Selection Criteria

  • Master's degree required in project management, development studies, public policy, economics, statistics, international development, sustainable development or other relevant field, plus 4-5 years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Deep understanding of the geopolitical, development and social context of Francophone West Africa.
  • Bilingual in spoken and written French and English is a must for this position.
  • Experience with policy influence and communications in development or international affairs preferred.
  • Experience developing data programs and strategies especially within a developing country context.
  • Experience with or clear understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of multiple sources of data.
  • Experience designing workshop processes with country government officials and extended stakeholders to understand needs and drive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated understanding of technical issues around data including principles and standards, interoperability, open data, data visualization and apps, and data for action and decision making.
  • Well versed on key issues, challenges and opportunities, and interests (political or otherwise) across data communities (official statistics, geospatial, big data, open data, IoT, and citizen generated data.
  • Excellent writing, editing, interpersonal, and oral communications skills.
  • Creativity and a strong knowledge of new ways to communicate about data.
  • Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines in the management of program or projects.
  • Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; with a knack for convening stakeholders across varied sectors.
  • Sense of humor; highly organized; demonstrates grace under pressure; and delivers results in a fast-paced environment.
  • A willingness to travel, domestically and internationally (around 25-35%, depending on needs) and the ability to interact with people from diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
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