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Open Data Services is a new and growing workers co-operative. We deliver sustainable support for world-changing open data projects, including the Open Contracting Data Standard, the 360Giving open philanthropy initiative, the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and Open Referral.

We’re an interdisciplinary team, with developers, analysts and researchers working together to create tools and services that help organisations publish and use open data for social change.

Since we started in 2015 we’ve grown from 4 to 11 co-operative members based across the UK, providing family friendly and flexible working. We’re creating a great place to work, whilst contributing to open data impacts across the world.

All employees are eligible to become co-operative members, taking an equal stake in the future development of our work.

Vacancies: Data analysts

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Apply by 9am Monday 19th June 2017

We’re seeking two data analysts, beginning by 1st September 2017 at the latest, one permanent, and one fixed term for 12 months.

We welcome applications from under-represented minorities and we value diversity within our workforce. If we can do anything to facilitate your application, please get in touch.

Overview

Is this you?

We’re looking for a motivated, engaged practitioner who can:

  • Work with governments around the world to help them publish and use open data about public procurement

  • Work with a diverse community including government policy makers, procurement experts, technology providers and the open data community to maintain and develop a global open data standard for transparency in public procurement

  • Create resources to support publishers of open data and collaborate with our technical team to develop tools to convert, explore and visualize data

  • Work with us to develop support for open data projects in new sectors: reflecting and learning on existing projects to constantly improve our impact, and the impact of the partners we work with.

It’s a varied role that calls for a mix of skills. A great candidate would be:

  • Proactive, motivated and engaged — ready to work independently and as part of a team, prioritising and managing a varied workload, and comfortable with days that involve talking to a local non-profit in Manchester in the morning, and to a team from the President’s Office in Mexico in the afternoon.

    We’re a distributed team, so you will mostly be remote working, with opportunities to travel locally and internationally to work with partners, and for regular team meetings and co-working.

  • Data literate and comfortable learning new skills and tools.

    You’ll be working with data in many different contexts and in all sorts of formats, from CSV and Excel to JSON and XML. The team will be on on hand to help with some of the details, and to create tools that help convert and explore data - but you will need to be ready to get your head around lots of different data, and to be happy with a desktop full of spreadsheets and data files.

    Crucially, you’ll need to be able to understand and then look beyond the data structures and standards in order to think about the reasons that the data exists, and how we can support partners to make the biggest difference with their data.

  • A natural communicator and community organiser — able to deliver face-to-face or online training sessions, able to build healthy online community through mailing lists and social media, and able to help individuals and groups to understand the importance of open and standardised data for their work.

  • Globally aware and passionate about the critical role of technology and data in securing social justice. An understanding of open government, experience of working internationally, intercultural awareness, and a track record of research or advocacy on local and global social change issues would all stand you in good stead.

    You’ll be willing to travel, whether in the UK or abroad, to spend time with people understanding and helping solve their problem.

  • A lifelong learner — excited about the opportunity to be part of building an emerging co-operative, working in a rapidly developing field, and building on and contributing to emerging open technologies.

  • A team player — familiar with many of the technologies we already use, and ready to learn the others. An understanding of the open data landscape and data standards will be helpful, as would experience working on small-to-medium sized collaborative software projects.

Job specification: Responsibilities

The primary focus of this role will involve supporting users of the Open Contracting Data Standard, however there may also be opportunities to work on the other open data standards we support, including 360Giving, IATI, Open Referral and the Beneficial Ownership Data Standard. Outside of this you will be involved in our short-term research and development projects, and in developing new long-term initiatives. On a day-to-day basis you will:

  • Provide introductory training on our supported data standards through calls, webinars and face-to-face workshops;

  • Work with governments, trusts and foundations and NGOs to plan the publication of open data using our supported data standards;

  • Review draft datasets, and provide feedback for publishers on how to improve;

  • Manage the helpdesk for ad-hoc enquiries from publishers and users of supported data standards;

  • Write documentation and guidance resources, and share knowledge through e-mail lists, blog posts and social media;

  • Get involved in the design and development of tools that support use of open data from our supported data standards;

  • Make on-site visits and participate in field missions to support planning, implementation and use of our supported data standards;

  • Support the development of upgrades and extensions to our supported data standards;

  • Be involved in the management of the co-operative and in developing new projects and strategy (optional, for members - see below)

Person specification: skills and experience

We recognise that there are many paths to developing the globally aware and data literate skill set we are after. You might be a Masters or PhD graduate from a social science discipline, with self-taught data skills, or you might have years of work experience in a variety of sectors, with technical or policy skills picked up along the way.

You will be joining a team whose backgrounds include physics, philosophy, youth work and business analysis qualifications. We recognise the value that diverse backgrounds and experience bring to the co-operative.

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

  • Clear understanding of the policy and technology dimensions of open data;

  • Strong communication and written & spoken English skills;

  • Ability to write clear, concise reports to a deadline;

  • Capacity for independent and team working, and prioritising a complex workload;

  • Strong data analysis skills, including experience working with spreadsheets and statistical software;

  • Working knowledge of a range of data formats;

  • Ability to work internationally;

  • Ability to work with online collaboration tools;

The following skills and experience are desirable. Tell us about any you can bring to the team in your application:

  • Foreign language skills - particularly Spanish and French;

  • Experience of international development work, and work in developing countries;

  • Understanding of accounting, public procurement, aid and development, and/or the agriculture sector;

  • An in-depth understanding of data formats and schema languages;

  • Advanced spreadsheet and data-wrangling skills: from Excel to Open Refine;

  • Understanding of a wide range of data formats, including XML and JSON.

  • Programming skills and ability to contribute to code in Python or other languages;

  • Understanding of revision control systems (e.g. git);

  • Experience working in a co-operative, NGO or social enterprise;

  • Project management experience, particularly for IT projects;

We’re also interested in the ‘wildcard’ skills and experience you might bring to the team.

Contractual details

Timing: Closing date for applications is 9am Monday 19th June 2017.

Location: We’re a UK-based distributed team and all work from home, with regular team meetings and co-working, often in Birmingham. Current team members are located in or near Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, London, Stroud, Nottingham and Cambridge.

You must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Contract term: One of the two analyst positions will be offered as a 12 month fixed term contract (to cover a career break for one of our members). There may be an opportunity to extend this contract or convert to a permanent position, subject to company and personal performance.

Remuneration & benefits: As a collectively managed and owned co-operative, we operate a flat rate of pay for all staff. This is currently set at £36,000 p.a.

Open Data Services operates an auto enrollment pension scheme with 3% employer contributions. If you have an existing pension scheme, we may be able to make contributions to that. Our policy is to progressively improve employee benefits as the co-operative develops, with all co-operative members having an equal right to vote on benefits, dividends, and bonuses.

All employees, that have passed a successful probationary period, are entitled to become members. Each member is an equal owner of the business, and all members have an equal vote in decision making.

Members are able to vote on profit distributions at the end of each year, part of which can be as a dividend to members. In the last year, we also voted on making contributions to a number of charities, open source projects, and to the Open Rights Group.

Training and development is encouraged with all employees allocated an equal individual training budget, set by the members.

We operate a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and provide the online tools and software you need for your job. If you don’t already have a home working set-up, or need to find local co-working space, we’ll help to get that all set-up.

We offer salary sacrifice Childcare scheme vouchers that allow employees to reduce their childcare costs.

Hours and holiday: Full time hours are set at 37.5 hours a week with 33 days holiday a year (including bank holidays).

Within reasonable limits we operate a flexi-time policy. We have a short team call each morning to plan work for the day which we expect everyone to try and join - and then each set our schedules accordingly, striving for a good work-life balance. We are also committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people to do their work.

This role will involve calls and meetings with international partners, which may require occasional early morning, late evening or weekend working.

Travel: You must be willing to travel regularly within the UK, and to undertake occasional international travel.

Application

To apply, please send your CV (no more than three pages) and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) to jobs@opendataservices.coop

Your covering letter should include the date you will be available to start.

Please state your preference for the fixed term position or the permanent position.

Please also tell us if we can keep your CV on file for future opportunities.

Closing date for applications is 9am Monday 19th June 2017.

We will shortlist applicants and conduct a first round of phone interviews in the week commencing 19th June 2017.

A second round of face to face interviews will be held in the week commencing 26th June 2017. The times and locations will be agreed with applicants as necessary.

More about Open Data Services

Working as a co-operative

As a workers co-operative we operate as a values-driven business. We are building for the long-term: we are not controlled by shareholders seeking short-term gain. We operate in-line with global co-operative principles, and part of a global movement of co-operators.

Being a workers co-operative is also an experiment. We believe that much open data is a public good, and to sustain public goods we need strong foundations. We believe that co-operative models are an important part of that.

After a short probationary period, all employees are eligible to become a member of the co-operative, taking on an equal role in the ownership and governance of the business. We operate collective management, with regular online team meetings, and quarterly full-team meet-ups to make decisions about the projects, operations and direction of our shared work.

(Co-operative membership is optional. There is no obligation for employees to become a member, and all core employment benefits are shared equally amongst the team, whether members or not.)