Global Integrity is working on several data-intensive research projects, including the relaunch of the Global Integrity Report, the African Integrity Indicators project and the World Wide Web Foundation’s Web Index, and is recruiting an experienced manager to lead its in-house data-centric research projects moving forward from our Washington DC office. See below the details and how to apply.
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— Hazel Feigenblatt.
Global Integrity – Organizational Description
Global Integrity (https://www.globalintegrity.org) produces high-quality research and creates cutting-edge technology to advance the work of a global network of civic, public, and private reformers pursuing increased transparency and accountability in governments. In addition to our core team, we collaborate with a global network of more than 1,500 in-country contributors and partners who take our technologies, tools, and information to where they are most useful – the local level.
Global Integrity is known in particular for its expertise in developing quantitative indicators to assess the existence, effectiveness, and citizen access to accountability mechanisms at the national, sub-national, and sector levels. Across all of its fieldwork at the national, sub-national, and sector levels in more than 100 countries, the organization has designed, fielded, and published more than 80,000 quantitative indicators of accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption mechanisms.
The organization has won an Ashoka "Changemakers" award and an “Every Human Has Rights” award from The Elders and Internews; its methodology for assessing the existence and effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms is described by the World Bank as "best practice."
Research Manager – Global Integrity is currently working on several data-intensive research projects, including the relaunch of the Global Integrity Report, the African Integrity Indicators project and the World Wide Web Foundation’s Web Index, and is recruiting an experienced manager to lead its in-house data-centric research projects moving forward. The position includes the following responsibilities:
· Developing quantitative survey questions focused on transparency, accountability, governance and development issues at the national, sub-national, and sector levels
· Recruiting and virtually managing teams of in-country contributors and respondents
· Capacity building, training, and providing detailed feedback and guidance to researchers and contributors
· Performing detailed, intensive quality control over the resultant data points (in the thousands), including fact checking and editing
· Coordinating all logistical tasks associated with such research projects (including contracts management, payments management, and deadline management)
· Designing outreach and dissemination activities, including public workshops, to promote uptake of published projects
· Representing the organization at conferences and networking events as necessary
Location: Washington DC
Ideal Skill Set
Global Integrity attracts employees from the most distinctive professional and academic backgrounds. There is no cookie cutter ideal candidate for any position at Global Integrity. We are instead more interested in an individual’s drive, professionalism, and entrepreneurial energy. For this particular position, the following factors will strengthen an applicant’s candidacy:
· 5-10 years of relevant experience in journalism, international affairs, and/or political science
· 5-10 years of experience developing survey questionnaires and ensuring consistent application of research methodologies
· Command of transparency, accountability, governance and development issues at the national, sub-national, and sector levels
· 5 years minimum experience in project management, including tracking contracts, payments, deadlines, workflow design, and virtual management of large teams of researchers
· Excellent writing and editing skills, preferably with experience in both short and long form (from blog posts to white papers)
· Excellent English required; other language desired (particularly French and Spanish)
· Resourcefulness performing online research and disposition to provide guidance to others
· Existing networks of professionals around the globe that can be leveraged for recruiting purposes
· Attention to detail, ability to perform on tight deadlines, and proven ability to communicate clear and concise instructions to team members
· Proven ability to set priorities, manage time effectively, handle multiple on-going projects
· At least a graduate degree in a relevant area of study, including, but not limited to, journalism, public policy, international relations, comparative politics, or development studies.
· Comfort in a perpetual start-up environment requiring extensive “self-starter” and “problem-solver” skills with minimal bureaucratic safety nets or backstopping
Our office environment (now spread between Washington, New York, and Cape Town) requires openness, collaboration and flexibility. Our staff has an uncommon diversity of responsibilities: from high-level strategy to online messaging to logistics issues (we book our own travel and fix our own computers), everyone contributes. You will develop new skills in this job; expect to learn and adapt constantly. We are very much a learning organization.
We have a “no jerks” policy; you will be supported by results-oriented yet frequently cheerful coworkers whose primary mode of social engagement is based on trust and respect.
International literacy and cross-cultural sensitivity are considered core competencies.
Global Integrity provides full health and disability benefits, as well as a modest life insurance policy, to all full-time employees and currently pays 100% of the premiums associated with those benefits. Holiday and sick time are also provided. Compensation package will be commensurate with the successful candidate's experience..
How to Apply
We will only be accepting applications for this position online via the following web form:
After reviewing submitted applications, we anticipate calling back a small number of potential candidates for individual interviews via phone or in-person (if possible). A final short-list of candidates will ideally be interviewed in person in Washington DC in mid-March. We are happy to answer additional questions directly (see Contact Information below), but all interested applicants must use the online form to apply for the position.
Deadline for Application: This position is open indefinitely until filled.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am not an American citizen but I’m interested in applying for this position. Will you sponsor a work visa for me?
A: Possibly. We do not want immigration issues to stand in the way of a great match for this position. Apply and let’s see where the discussion goes.
Q: You use the word “data” often in describing your work. Do I need to have statistical and/or econometric skills to apply for this position?
A: No, though familiarity with and/or command of basic statistical and econometric skills is welcomed. We tend to view the data we generate as an entry point to what are often highly political, qualitative discussions and policy choices around governance reform. We have less faith in the ability of multivariate regressions or factor analyses to shed meaningful light on those discussions in practice.
Q: Do I need to be an anti-corruption “specialist” to apply for this position?
A: No, though familiarity with issues of governance, transparency, and corruption are necessary.
Hazel Feigenblatt, Managing Director