Junior Researcher/Journalist with a strong technical background (Product Owner) in the H2020 EU Project: OpenBudgets.EU

  • Part-Time (50%) limited term: 14 months
  • Salary: depending on experience
  • Start: asap
  • Application deadline: 10 August 2015

The Open Knowledge Foundation Germany is one of the leading NGOs in the field of Open Knowledge, Open Data and Transparency in Germany. We support the Open Data community in Germany, run innovative projects such as OffenerHaushalt, CodeforGermany and Jugend hackt, and provide expertise to users and providers of open data, in the government, civil society, and media. We are now hiring for one of the H2020 EU projects: OpenBudgets.EU.

OpenBudgets.eu is a platform for fiscal transparency in the EU and its member states. Open Budgets develops a Software as a Service platform for budget and spending data. The project focuses on the development easy-to-use, flexible and attractive tools for comparative analysis and visualisation.

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland is responsible for ‘Communication and Dissemination’ of Open Budgets. We mainly focus on three stakeholder groups: journalists, policy makers (MEPs), and participatory budgeting organizations. For specific tools that cater to Journalists, we are looking for a junior product owner with an interest in journalism, or a researcher/journalist with a technical background.

Tasks

Your tasks will consists of the development of user requirement workshops and reports, testing tools and contribute to the development of new tools around Budget and Spending data for Journalists. It is not a traditional role as a product owner, as you will be working in a large consortium building a platform and tools together. The emphasis lies with the gap analysis, stakeholder workshops (with training elements), creating personas, detailed user stories and requirements. In addition, you can be asked to contribute to broader stakeholder outreach and training on the OpenBudgets platform and its tools.

What we offer

  • An exciting research project on the crossroads of journalism and technology development;
  • Experience in working in an EU research consortium;
  • Room for initiative and contribution to the design of the research;
  • Becoming part of a dynamic and innovative NGO;
  • A welcoming and motivated team;
  • Office in Berlin, flexible working hours, friendly office atmosphere
  • Access to and close cooperation with the (international) networks of investigative- and data-journalists and open data organizations.
  • Travel and conference visits.

What we expect

  • Recent graduate (approx. 1 year of working experience)
  • Experience with with user-requirement research and gap analysis, experience with product development itself is a plus.
  • Experience with research, report writing and documentation (in English)
  • Experience as or affinity with data-journalism and/or with Fiscal Transparency and Open Spending data.
  • Team-player and willingness to work in the Berlin Office
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English. Good knowledge of German.
  • Affinity with Open Data, Transparency, and Accountability and identification with the [Open Knowledge values][]

Please apply by sending your CV and Cover Letter (in English) to: getinvolved@okfn.de and anna.alberts@okfn.de.

For more information, please contact: anna.alberts@okfn.de

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