Research Fellow – Developing Data Project

6 days left

Location
Edinburgh, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jun 08, 2020
Closes
Jul 08, 2020
Ref
052280
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Research Fellow on the GCRF funded Developing Data project in the Centre of African Studies, School of Social and Political Science. The project focuses on economic and political uses of data in African contexts. It brings together researchers from the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at the University of Edinburgh, the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University's Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in Kampala.

This is a part-time position for 14 hours per week, available from 1 July 2020 to 30 April 2021.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum, pro rated
Closing date: Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 5pm (GMT)

Section 1: Job Details

Job Title: Research Fellow - Developing Data Project
School: School of Social and Political Science
Unit: Centre of African Studies
Line Manager: Thomas Molony

2: Job Purpose

The post holder will assist project partners in the production of a research landscape analysis, organise two virtual workshops, and participate in drafting a proposal for phase two of the project.

3: Main Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

Co-produce a research landscape analysis with researchers from the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University's Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in Kampala. This will involve reading the latest literature and synthesising it into a co-authored summary. (30%)

Organise two virtual workshops, due to take place in August and October, which will have approximately 20 participants each. (30%)

Participate in drafting a proposal for phase two of this project, which is scheduled to begin in May 2020. (30%)

Project communications, including updating the project website and running the project's Twitter account. (10%)

4. Planning and Organising
The postholder is expected to work with a level of independence, plan and organise their own workload.

5. Problem Solving
The postholder is expected to resolve issues, only escalating to the PI in exceptional circumstances. They should use creativity and initiative to develop ideas and solve problems.

6. Decision Making
The postholder will be required to operate at a level of independence and make decisions as required, with a responsibility for the management and prioritisation of their own work schedule. They will also contribute to decisions affecting the work of the team for the timely project completion and contribute to decision-making with members of the project team.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships
The postholder will liaise with project partners (from the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University's Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in Kampala), colleagues in the Centre of African Studies (CAS) and the Research Office.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential
• PhD in African Studies or related discipline, with a focus on East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and/or Uganda).
• Experience of writing literature reviews.
• Demonstrable knowledge of digital data in African contexts.
• Experience of writing funding applications.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a range of audiences
• Ability to adapt according to different situations, including home working during lockdown
• Ability to work to timescales
• Excellent IT skills

Desirable
• Experience of project management
• Evidence of publication record

9. Job Context and any other relevant information

'Developing Data? Markets and Politics in a Digital Age' is a GCRF Digital Innovation for Development project. Under the leadership of Principle Investigator Thomas Molony, it focuses on economic and political uses of data in African contexts. The project team includes researchers from the Centre of African Studies (CAS) at the University of Edinburgh, the Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) at Strathmore University's Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) in Kampala.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.
The closing date is 5pm on 23rd (GMT) June 2020.

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