Data Use Lead

Development Initiatives
July 24, 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Not specified
Base Salary
$60,000 - 70,000


Role content and purpose

This position plays a key role in driving forward DI’s strategic theme on increased use of data in decision-making and accountability efforts. This is critical to testing and continuously evolving DI’s theory of change that improved availability, quality access and use of data in development efforts will lead to improved outcomes for the poorest.

The successful candidate will report to the Executive Director, and – as a senior member of staff – provide leadership and support across the whole organisation to help DI pursue its strategic objectives.

Duties and responsibilities

Technical Duties

Provide leadership on the Data Use theme, including:

  • Strategy development, implementation and resource mobilisation
  • Conceptualisation of effective interventions to increase data use
  • Technical advice during development, implementation and impact assessment of projects and interventions across the organisation
  • Leadership on learning within the Data Use theme and with external partners

Strategic Scope

  • Lead the further development of DI’s work to increase the use of data for sustainable development
  • Develop long-term strategic relationships with priority stakeholders including funders and partners
  • Input on the formulation of organisational strategic documents and lead on application of strategy
  • Contribute to making strategic decisions that are critical to DI’s success
  • Contribute to development of business plan with consideration of not-for-profit and consultancy requirements
  • Prepare reports for the Non-Executive Directors’ meetings

Management duties

  • Lead project teams in matrix structure, ensuring Project Sponsors and teams are delivering to a high standard across their objectives, and performance managing or up-skilling as appropriate
  • Provide leadership, motivation and mentoring to team members
  • Line-manage members of staff directly

General responsibilities

  • Be aware of and take personal responsibility for any health and safety issues and obligations
  • Uphold all aspects of company policies and procedures and legal requirements in relation to personal conduct
  • Prepare for and engage in one-to-one meetings and performance management appraisals
  • Maintain personal professional development and personal development plans
  • Be willing and committed to take on new work as required and to be proactive

Person specification


  • Masters-level education or equivalent professional experience in Development Studies, Political Science, International Non-profit Management or related disciplines

Personal skills/qualities

  • Excellent communication skills, including experience of working effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing
  • Excellent external presentation skills with ability to represent the organisation publicly
  • Ability to interact with employees at all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to work under pressure yet deliver on time with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to work independently with minimal support but can also work well in a team environment
  • Strategic thinker, keen to achieve change for those at risk of being left behind
  • Excellent people-management skills, with the ability to develop others and to impart knowledge and experience in an accessible and clear manner
  • Strong affinity with DI’s mission and values

Knowledge/technical competencies

  • Ten or more years of relevant professional experience in international development organisations
  • At least five years of management experience and managing staff in a variety of locations
  • Good understanding of data for sustainable development, especially data and statistics on financial flows and poverty
  • Experience in and passionate for promoting transparency and accountability for better development outcomes
  • Experience working in (or in support of) government functions on production and use of evidence for development
  • Experience of developing and implementing programmes which test hypotheses as well as increase the use of information by officials, parliamentarians, CSOs and the media
  • Programme-management skills, including experience of managing budgets and having oversight of expenditure
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to synthesise complex concepts in compelling presentations and proposals
  • First-rate written skills evidenced in published work, with the ability to present complex issues clearly to a wide audience
  • Experience working on open data efforts, and relevant networking among open data/governance-focused actors
  • Donor relations and reporting experience; a list of contacts with donors working on open data, transparency and accountability as well as good governance
  • Experience of working on increasing the use of data in a specific sector area, such as health, education, agriculture, nutrition or water and sanitation
  • Experience of working in a matrix or project-based environment


Contractual details

  • Start date:             October 2018
  • Location:               DI’s Bristol office at North Quay House, Quay House, Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6FL
  • Salary:                  £50,000–£55,000 depending on experience
  • Hours:                   35 hours a week
  • Probation:             3 months
  • Leave:                   25 days pro rata, plus all  bank/public holidays

Application details

Your CV (no more than two pages) and cover letter, which should detail your skills and evidence of experience and how it relates to the job description, should be emailed to: Connie Fitzgerald (Human Resources Officer) at, quoting reference: Data Use Lead in the email subject line. Your letter should also include your salary expectations, notice period/available start date and where you saw the job advert.

Closing date: 16 August 2018, 5pm BST

First interviews: w/c 27 August 2018 and 3 September 2018

Early applications are highly encouraged; we will be reviewing submissions as we receive them, in order to start the interview process as soon as possible.



We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We have a duty to prevent illegal working by checking potential employees’ documents before employing them, to ensure they have the right to work in the country in which this post is based.

We are unable to offer sponsorship for a work permit/visa application. Evidence of right to work will be requested.

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