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Policy Manager, Responsible Data Access and Use Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Position Overview

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), hosted at the UN Foundation, is a fast-growing, dynamic international network bringing together over 260 partners including governments, international organizations, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others. We make connections and broker partnerships to improve data production, access and use to drive better decisions to end poverty, improve environmental sustainability and advance equal opportunities for all.

We are looking for a dynamic Policy Manager with concrete experience of data sharing partnerships as well as background and knowledge of data governance. S/he will contribute substantially to defining and delivering the GPSDD’s policy agenda on the public use of private data and related areas of data governance.  S/he will also lead a new project aiming to strengthen the data governance and management skills of government counterparts for public private data sharing, and advance learning on the pathways from strengthening this capacity to smoother data access and increased data use. This role offers a unique combination of practical action to help government counterparts overcome real obstacles to public private data sharing, facilitating learning across diverse partners on this topic, and driving advocacy on responsible data access and use.

This is a remote position based in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Latin America, and Africa

Essential Functions

  • Advance GPSDD’s policy work on public use of private data by conducting research, analysis, and writing, executing convenings and consulting with partners, and contributing to the overall strategy.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for the GPSDD to play a useful role in debates and policy development on public private data sharing.
  • Build strong relationships with GPSDD partners that have strong practical and policy experience on responsible data access and use, and support GPSDD’s partner engagement strategy.
  • Maintain an awareness of the landscape and debates on public private data sharing with a focus on data governance and identify opportunities for GPSDD advocacy.
  • Manage all aspects of implementation for the new project on data governance and management skills for public private data sharing. This includes developing and overseeing project workplan, ensuring the project remains on track and on budget, coordinating engagement and support from across the secretariat team, and overseeing inputs from outside providers.
  • In collaboration with GPSDD program team, support all aspects of engagement with country counterparts on public private data sharing.
  • In collaboration with GPSDD external relations team, facilitate brokering between providers of data governance and management training or other support and country counterparts.
  • In collaboration with GPSDD learning and impact team, develop and execute a learning strategy for the project, including managing learning sessions and peer exchanges with country counterparts and other GPSDD partners.
  • Represent GPSDD externally as needed.
  • Author reports, blogs and other products as required.
  • Work with the Communications team to develop content as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

  • 7 years’ experience in data for development/data for good with a background in international development, digital transformation, statistics and/or data science and a Master’s degree in related field.
  • At least 4 years of project management experience with some of this time spent working on public private data sharing projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data governance and challenges in relation to public use of private data.
  • Proven ability to work across departments and with partners from different organizations to accomplish mission.
  • Strong communications skills (listening, speaking, and writing).
  • Continuous learning skills and the ability to synthesize information.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to flexibly manage multiple tasks with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Team player that is interested in being part of a high functioning, fast-paced group of professionals
  • Willingness for domestic and international travel if needed and as COVID-19 pandemic conditions allow
  • Willingness to help with tasks beyond their immediate role when needed.
  • Sense of humor and ability to work well with individuals from very different cultural and institutional backgrounds.
  • Experience with the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Fluency in English essential, proficiency or knowledge of Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance / tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation 

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

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • 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 subsidy
  • back-up care
  • 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 family leave care

*Please apply by December 4, 2020*

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