Call For National Researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa

The Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) is seeking independent, country-level researchers in 24 countries for the position of national researchers for the first edition of the Global Data Barometer (2020–2021). LDRI is Sub-Saharan Africa’s Regional Hub for the Global Data Barometer project and is responsible for research in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, and Uganda. The Call is open both for individual researchers as well as independent civil society and research organizations from the 24 countries.

The Global Data Barometer is a new study of data for the public good that builds on the foundation of the Open Data Barometer. The pilot edition of the Global Data Barometer receives core funding from Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC.ca) under grant 109517-001 as part of the Data for Development (D4D.net) program of work. 

We’re looking for national independent researchers or civil society, research organizations with experience in one or more of the following fields: open data; open government data; data for public good; the use of data for monitoring or evaluating public service delivery; training or capacity-building around the use of data; the use of data to create socially valuable applications; or promoting the use of data among governments, CSOs, private sector, the developers community, or in investigative journalism. 

The selected national researcher or organization will be responsible for completing a detailed expert survey that looks at policies, practices, datasets, and research related to the governance, capability, availability, and use of data in their respective country. Responses will be peer-reviewed, with researchers asked to respond to reviewers’ feedback and update responses as appropriate.

Applicants should be well-known and credible in their respective country, recognized for their independent work, without government/political affiliation.

NOTE: Researchers may be invited to be involved in regional dissemination activities. For example, writing a country summary for a regional report, or taking part in regional dissemination webinars.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants are requested to go through the additional requirements, complete, and submit their application here by February 16, 2021, at 12.00 Midnight EAT. 

Download the French version of the call for regional researchers here

NOTE: Application deadline has been extended to February 26, 2021, at 12.00 Midnight EAT.