View Our Website View All Jobs

Program Manager, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Overview

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.
Read More

Apply for this position

Required*
Apply with Indeed
Attach resume as .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, or .rtf (limit 5MB) or Paste resume

Paste your resume here or Attach resume file

To comply with government Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action reporting regulations, we are requesting (but NOT requiring) that you enter this personal data. This information will not be used in connection with any employment decisions, and will be used solely as permitted by state and federal law. Your voluntary cooperation would be appreciated. Learn more.
Gender
Race/Ethnicity

Invitation for Job Applicants to Self-Identify as a U.S. Veteran
  • A “disabled veteran” is one of the following:
    • a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.
  • A “recently separated veteran” means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.
  • An “active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran” means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.
  • An “Armed forces service medal veteran” means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.
Veteran status
I IDENTIFY AS ONE OR MORE OF THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF PROTECTED VETERAN LISTED ABOVE
I AM NOT A PROTECTED VETERAN
I DON’T WISH TO ANSWER

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form CC-305
OMB Control Number 1250-0005
Expires 1/31/2020
Why are you being asked to complete this form?

Because we do business with the government, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified people with disabilities.i To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for a job, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way.

If you already work for us, your answer will not be used against you in any way. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all of our employees to update their information every five years. You may voluntarily self-identify as having a disability on this form without fear of any punishment because you did not identify as having a disability earlier.

How do I know if I have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Schizophrenia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair
  • Intellectual disability (previously called mental retardation)
Please check one of the boxes below:

You must enter your name and date
Your Name Today's Date
Reasonable Accommodation Notice

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.


iSection 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of Federal contractors, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp.


PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.