Call closure: March 22, 2020

I. About the project

The Open Data Barometer is a project led by the Web Foundation, which seeks to understand the global open data situation at the government level. In this 2020, ILDA, in collaboration with the Caribbean Open Institute, have planned to conduct the Latin America and the Caribbean edition as part of being a node of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) network.

This time, the Barometer will include a total of 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Barometer seeks to understand the status of open data in the region and seeks to offer guidance to those who make public policy decisions regarding transparency and information technology.

The Open Data Barometer (LAC edition) will be a key input to understand the value produced by open data at the social, economic, and political level in the region. Through quantitative and qualitative studies, the barometer seeks to help explain how the opening of government data is having an impact on different key areas of government and society, the evolution of this opening in the region, and its challenges in the present.

As part of the project, we are hiring one person for the role of lead researcher at each of the following 23 countries

Latin America

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • México
  • Nicaragua
  • Panamá
  • Paraguay
  • Perú
  • Uruguay


  • Belize
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidad & Tobago

People in the role of lead researcher will be in charge of data collection in their countries, conducting a combination of desktop research and consultations with key people. They will then participate in a cross peer review process to try to maintain the quality and reliability of the collected data.

II. Tasks 

The Country Lead Researcher will be under the coordination of David Zamora (Regional Open Data Barometer Coordinator), and the supervision of Silvana Fumega (Director of Research and Policies of ILDA) and Fabrizio Scrollini (Executive Director of ILDA).

The consulting requires to:

1- Become familiar with the tools and methodology of the Open Data Barometer, with the support of the ILDA team.

2- Complete an expert survey using the data collection instrument according to the methodology, gathering information through desk research and consultation with key people. 

3- Complete the evaluation of 15 key datasets using the survey instrument according to the methodology.

4- Collect specific secondary data for your countries available in global reports that present important aspects that are not covered in the expert survey.

5- Participate in a crossed peer review to try to maintain the quality and reliability of the collected data.

This work will be carried out in the next 4 months as a part-time job, with a data collection method that requires a combination of desktop research and consultation with key people inside the country. One same researcher can work in more than one country as long as he/she meets the conditions to do so.

The remuneration is a fixed amount per country, defined according to the estimated time of dedication. A single payment will be made at the end of the research and after the approval of the deliverables.

The lead researcher must have a clear commitment to the established delivery times and dates. This point is crucial to join the project.

III. About the candidate


  • Leadership and experience in working in distance.
  • Professionalism and ability to conduct independent research, interpret and analyze a wide variety of data and regulations.
  • Ability to conduct teamwork and collaborate with the other members of the project.
  • Commitment to continuous learning, to learn from others, and to learn and improve from feedback provided by colleagues and supervisors. 

Education and experience 

  • Research experience and use of related qualitative and quantitative methods (essential), experience on digital research methods, and data collection via social media and visualization (desirable).
  • Knowledge on open data policies; interest in international development issues, digital platforms, and civic technology (essential).
  • Proficiency in the official language of the country for which the candidate is applying (essential), and knowledge of English or Spanish (essential) if any of these two is not the language of the country for which the candidate is applying.

Call closure: March 22, 2020

To apply, complete the following form with your CV.