OKF Open Economics project coordinator

The Open Economics Working Group is looking for a project coordinator to lead the Open Economics project in the next phase. The Open Economics Project Coordinator will be the point of contact for the Working Group and will work closely with a community of economists, data publishers, research data professionals, lawyers and funders to make more data and content in economics open, coordinate the creation of tools which aid researchers and facilitate stakeholder dialogue. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the project through all phases of project development including initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the project

  • Representing Open Economics Working Group at local and international events, point of contact for the Working Group.

  • Leading communications:Responsible for communications with the Working Group members, the community, interested individuals and organisations, point of contact for the project PI and the Advisory Panel arranging the details of conference calls and leading communication with individual AP members and their participation in the workshop and other activities

  • Community coordinator: Writing news to the mailing list, and using social media to promote activities to the network and beyond, maintaining the website of the Open Economics project: planning design, content and presentation of the project and the Working Group, organising and coordinating online meetings / online sprints and other online communication

  • Maintaining the website: inviting and supervising contributions to the blog, actively searching authors, setting agenda for presented content and projects, blog author: putting together content for the blog: surveying relevant projects, publishing news about forthcoming events and documentation (slides, audios, summary) of past events and activities

  • Point of contact for the project, responsible for collaboration and communication to other projects within the Open Knowledge Foundation

  • Preparing reports: Writing both financial and substantive midterm and final report for the funder as well as weekly reports for the project team

  • Point of contact and support for the Open Economics fellows: Planning and supervising the recruitment process of the fellows, maintaining regular contact with the fellows, monitoring progress of the fellows’ projects and providing necessary support

  • Event development and management: concept, planning, research on invitees and relevant projects, programme drafting, sending and following up on invitations, event budgeting, organising logistics.

Person specification

  • Someone self-driven, organised and an excellent communicator. This person should be comfortable running a number of initiatives at the same time, speaking at events and travelling

  • Having background in economics and knowledge of quantitative research and data analysis

  • Preferably some knowledge of academic research and some familiarity with stakeholders in the area of economics research

  • Be comfortable with using online communication and working from different locations

  • Having ability to engage with community members at all levels – from senior academics to policy-makers, developers, and journalists


We will consider applicants based anywhere in the world; however a mild preference is given to those close to one of our hubs in London, Berlin or Cambridge.

Pay & closing date

The rate is negotiable based on experience. The closing date for applications is July 15, 2013.

How to apply

To apply please send a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, your CV and explaining your interest in the role to jobs@okfn.org

See current jobs at http://okfn.org/jobs/ 

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