Interim Data Institutions Programme Lead

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We are looking for an Interim Data Institutions Programme Lead to join the ODI team and work across ODI’s projects and programmes. You will lead our programme of work on data trusts.

Interim Data Institutions Programme Lead

Location: Shoreditch, London 

Salary: Up to £60,000 per annum (dependent on experience) pro rata plus benefits

Please note: an equivalent day rate would be negotiated for a freelance contract. 

6 month fixed term contract or secondment

21 hours over a minimum of 3 days per week

We are looking for an Interim Data Institutions Programme Lead to join the ODI team and work across ODI’s projects and programmes. You will lead our programme of work on data trusts

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic programme lead to provide leadership and direction around the delivery of our programme of work around data trusts and other new forms of data institution such as data cooperatives. You will report directly to the CEO and be supported by a delivery manager and internal team who can work on fundraising, research and delivery activities. 


  • Scoping, guiding, directing and in some cases delivering work – eg running workshops, writing reports – towards piloting data trusts and other new types of data institution.
  • Managing a small internal team, procuring external suppliers and recruiting new team members to deliver pilots.
  • Ensuring that pilot projects are setup and run according to ODI standards, processes and policies, and delivered to agreed budget and timescales.
  • Being the point of contact for, and managing relationships with, clients and funders.
  • Reviewing and in some cases writing reports and presentations on the data institution pilots.
  • Working closely with the team scoping and delivering research on new data institutions.
  • Engaging with other people and organisations who are interested in our work on new data institutions, including government, businesses and third sector organisations.
  • Working with the internal team to help develop the ODI’s positions and thinking on new data institutions in a way that is aligned with the ODI’s mission and strategy.
  • Identifying and supporting the development of business and funding opportunities for researching and piloting new data institutions.
  • Reporting internally and to funders and clients about the programme, and supporting the delivery manager in providing financial reports and forecasts.

About you

You will have the following skills and experience. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate and/ evidence the following:

  • A proven track record in a similar role.
  • A commitment to delivering high quality, high impact outputs.
  • The ability to build and foster strong positive relationships.
  • The ability to positively influence others.
  • The ability to be decisive and assertive in order to achieve results.
  • An ability to balance risk against opportunity.
  • Expertise, knowledge of and interest in the field of data and related fields such as AI and governance.
  • An open, engaging and collaborative approach.
  • An alignment with the ODI’s mission and values.
  • An understanding of project management. 

About the ODI team


We are good at what we do. We use our expertise to achieve our mission. We are open and generous with our expertise and experience, and share it outside and inside ODI.

We can get better at what we do. We recognise the limits of our expertise and respect that of others. We are open to and seek advice, opinions and support to develop our expertise, within and outside ODI. We reflect on what works and what doesn’t to consciously learn, improve and grow.


We succeed when others flourish. We support and challenge others to do their best work. We open up opportunities for other people and organisations, and empower them to take them. We are as open as possible about what we are doing and what we have learnt. We encourage others to refine and build on our work.

We empathise with others so we can help them. We find out what people and organisations really need. We have empathy with their motivations and the constraints they operate under. We communicate in terms they understand.


We are trusted because we are honest and responsible. We are open with our opinion, open to hearing what others say, open to being wrong and open to changing our mind. We are not afraid to speak our mind when it is useful or important, and take responsibility for the results of doing so. We actively and curiously listen to others, and take responsibility for our responses to them.

We can do more than we might think. We are bold, creative and open to failure. We know what we do won’t be perfect at first but that doesn’t stop us. We start small and quickly, and iterate to improve.


  • 5% contributory pension
  • 30 days’ annual holiday plus bank holidays, pro rata
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Long-term disability cover
  • Critical illness cover
  • Flexible working
  • Coaching and mentoring for skills and personal development
  • £750 annual professional development budget, pro rata

How to apply

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would be a suitable candidate to [email protected].