Data Lab Documentation and Knowledge Management Consultant

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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7 days ago

Program Overview:

The Data Lab exists to inspire and fuel data innovation, product development, and technical infrastructure for WRI and our community. We help our partners use advances in data and technology to improve lives, protect nature, and ensure just transitions. The Data Lab is composed of WRI’s core Engineering, Product, and Data teams. The Data Lab supports a wider network of quantitative researchers, data scientists, and product managers embedded across the organization.

Job Summary:

WRI intends to award a short-term, time and materials contract to a consultant to produce clear, concise, and engaging documentation for technical processes and systems across its Data Lab.

Job Responsibilities:

The Data Lab seeks one or more consultants to support an upcoming documentation sprint. Our organization is growing rapidly and to keep pace, we need to expand our technical documentation. The purpose of this sprint is to upgrade WRI’s technical documentation to support the quality and efficiency of quantitative research and product development across teams. The consultant(s) will report to the Global Director of the Data Lab. The consultant(s) will complete five tasks (1) collaborate with the Global Director to develop a knowledge management strategy for the Data Lab; (2) review a list of documentation tasks collected by the Data Lab team and help to prioritize based on importance and feasibility; (3) conduct research including interviews with WRI staff, review of existing documentation, and review of external documentation; (4) draft documentation; and (5) test documentation with WRI staff and revised based on feedback. Types of documentation and knowledge products include: descriptions of common technical workflows and procedures; quick-start guides for internal tools, cloud systems, and analysis platforms; other types of documentation on mutual agreement. We expect over the course of the engagement the consultant(s) will draft roughly 50 pages/22,500 words of documentation.

Job Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience writing clear, concise, and user-friend technical documentation for quantitative research, data science, and data infrastructure teams.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing knowledge management strategies for technical teams.
  • Ability to efficiently review and distill information from a range of sources including internal interviews, existing documents, and external best practice.
  • Knowledge of common data science tools, cloud computing/storage platforms, and software practices. Specific knowledge of geospatial analysis tools and practices preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in using data and technology to support social and environmental impact.
  • Experience using Confluence, Github, Asana and/or other technical documentation platforms.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit the following: • Your resume; • A brief statement indicating your interest, hourly rate, and availability through August, 2022; • Three examples of technical documentation work. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.


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