Salary: Up to £50,000 plus benefits
Fixed Term Contract until 31 March 2020
Secondment opportunity available
About the ODI
The Open Data Institute (ODI) was co-founded by two visionary leaders, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, renowned AI professor. Our vision is for people, organisations and communities to use data to make better decisions and be protected from the harmful impacts of its inappropriate use and distribution. We have a strategy for how we will deliver our vision.
The ODI works with governments, NGOs and commercial enterprises all over the world. We deliver advisory, training and research and development services, encompassing public policy, business strategy and technology. Our programme of work is busy and constantly changing. We are committed to producing work at a very high standard and delivering measurable value to our partners and clients.
About the role
Reporting to the Head of Policy, the Senior Policy Advisor works across a number of initiatives that develop, test, communicate and implement policy.
We are a global organisation headquartered in London and our work has international application. Your work will be focussed on the European Commission and EU member states outside the UK. A component of our strategy is the need to reassert our international expertise. You will help deliver that component within the EU.
We are not partisan but we believe that data is a political topic. You will work as openly and fearlessly as possible, iteratively improving our work based on what we and our network learn from research, tests and delivery.
This is an exciting opportunity to have a huge impact helping people, businesses, and governments adapt to and shape the changes that data is bringing to our world. We are still discovering what those changes are, you will help with that discovery.
As Senior Policy Advisor you will work closely with the rest of our team and network using your expertise to help tackle real problems. This year we are particularly focussed on issues around international trade.
Your key responsibilities will be to:
- work with the rest of our team on a range of projects, especially our new innovation programme, to develop, test, communicate and implement policy advice alongside their work.
- provide management and leadership to projects that are predominantly focussed on the EU or trade between European countries.
- respond to consultations, such as the ongoing process on reuse of public sector information (PSI), and provide advice to governments and the European Commission.
- work with and help develop our global network of nodes, members and partners.
- help to develop, maintain and communicate policy positions and guides such as our work on data infrastructure, policy design patterns, personal data, opportunities created by GDPR and increasing data collaboration between countries.
- work with the ODI team to develop and contribute our thinking to topical data debates such as artificial intelligence, GDPR, equity, ethics, and competition policy.
- support the whole team, including board members, with policy advice.
- build and maintain relationships with other people and organisations who influence policy, practice and regulation around data within the EU.
- represent the ODI at events including conferences, roundtables and workshops.
About you – skills, knowledge and experience
We think it is essential that data policy is informed by knowledge of technology and delivery of projects and services. We do not necessarily expect you to already have that knowledge but you should be prepared to play, experiment and learn. We will help you do that. Alternatively, perhaps you are a technology or delivery expert who wants to move into policy. If so, we can help you do that too.
You will have the following skills and experience:
- Experience of managing or leading projects delivered by a team with a mixed range of skill sets within a consultancy, NGO or not-for-profit context.
- Knowledge of current debates in data and/or the open movement.
- Strong research and analytical skills.
- Strong writing skills with the ability to write to meet your audience’s needs.
- Strong communication, listening and advocacy skills.
- Experience working with people from a range of backgrounds and seniority.
- Experience influencing or developing policy for at least one national government.
- A keen interest in the future of data and its impact on societies, businesses and people.
- Critical thinking skills, including the ability to absorb large amounts of evidence / opinion before quickly forming and testing ideas.
- Fluent in English.
- Experience working with the European Commission, the French government and/or the German government on data or related policy areas.
- Fluent in French and/or German.
- Experience working with wide range of stakeholders including businesses and NGOs.
- Experience working on topical data topics such as artificial intelligence, data protection, ethics, APIs, or competition policy.
- Exposure to systems thinking techniques suitable for complex, evolving systems such as the data economy and society, including the ability to understand the parts of a system, visualise systems and recommend potential points of intervention.
- We tend to commission economic research rather than perform it ourselves but exposure to a range of economics techniques such as macroeconomics, microeconomics, behavioural economics, and complex systems modelling (including agent based modelling) would be useful.
If you do not have all of these skills, knowledge and experience but you think that this is the right role for you then do apply and try to make the case.
About the ODI team
Teamwork We are all here to work towards achieving the same aims and mission of the ODI. All team members will be required to work together across departments and with colleagues to ensure the long term success and sustainability of the ODI.
Agility To meet the changing demands of a rapidly growing organisation we will need to be agile to meet shifting challenges and workloads. Team members will be required to take on or let go of tasks and responsibilities either for the short- or long- term that will be both reasonable and within their capabilities.
Respect The ODI expects everyone to respect and comply with the principles of dignity at work and equal opportunities for everyone. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from people who will add to our culture, not just fit with it.
Confidentiality We love open data but what comes with that is the need to be mindful of people’s personal data, intellectual property, and any business sensitive data. If in any doubt, please always ask first before publishing or passing on any information or data.
- 3% contributory pension
- 30 days’ annual holiday
- Life Assurance cover
- Long term disability cover
- Critical illness cover
- Flexible working
- Coaching and mentoring for skills and personal development
- £750 annual training budget toward your own professional development
How to apply
To apply please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would be a suitable candidate to [email protected] by 5pm on Friday 9 March 2018.