Job: Data Steward (Government Outcomes Lab)

Grade 6: £29,176–£34,804 (with a discretionary range to £38,017) per annum

The Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab), part of the Blavatnik School of Government, is looking to recruit a Data Steward. The role is central to our ambition to facilitate global efforts towards better data use for better social outcomes. We need someone who is not just excellent at handling data, but someone who is excellent at handling important relationships with partner organisations and contributors around the world. The success of our efforts depends not just on excellent data management, but on building a community of peers who are committed to transparency, sold on the benefits of data sharing, and willing to do their part. We need someone both intellectually rigorous, and highly persuasive.

The GO Lab convenes the International Network for Data on Impact and Government Outcomes (INDIGO). INDIGO is a community of peers from different countries, sectors and policy domains with an interest in sharing data about the design, implementation and evaluation of cross-sector collaborations to address complex social problems. We believe that helping more people share and use quality data will improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of these projects. You can read more about INDIGO on the GO Lab website.

The Data Steward will have overall responsibility for many aspects of INDIGO. They will support the community, maintaining communications with an engaged network of data users and pursuing opportunities to collaborate with other open data initiatives. They will support the system, designing and maintaining processes to assure data quality. They will explain these to senior civil servants, research colleagues and a broad community of practitioners. And they will manage a series of datasets containing detailed, collaboratively produced project information. As part of GO Lab's research group, there will be opportunities for a high-performing candidate to contribute to research publications and represent the research group at external meetings and seminars.

You will need to have (or be developing) some technical skills related to data cleaning and reproducible data analysis in Python or R, relational databases and JSON structured data. We expect you to hold (or be working towards) a master's degree in a relevant field (for example, a social science discipline with a strong quantitative component, statistics or demography).

But just as importantly, you should be passionate about working with government to improve public services and deliver better social outcomes. You should understand and believe in open government, open data, civic tech and data science for good. This passion for your work will be integral to building the community that the success of INDIGO rests on.

This position is fixed term until 31 March 2023.

For further details of the post, as well as details on how to apply, please refer to the full job description.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 on Monday 28 September 2020.

To apply, please visit the University of Oxford website.