Open Data Project Manager

●   Are you passionate about open data and growing the open data movement in Myanmar?

●  Are you an awesome project manager who wants to help with the upcoming 2020
Myanmar Election?

●  Do you want to promote the use of data in policy-making processes?


Phandeeyar (“creation place”) is an innovation lab that is spearheading the use of technology
to accelerate change and development in Myanmar. Phandeeyar invests in local technology
startups, trains new entrepreneurs and builds the pool of tech talent. Phandeeyar also helps
civic and social entrepreneurs, CSOs and independent media use technology to increase their
impact and runs a co-working space out of its 10,000 square foot space located in the heart of
downtown Yangon. Including Digital Rights Forum, StartUp Challenge and Accelerator
Program, Phandeeyar hosted 251 events total in 2017 with more than 4,000 attendees.

The Role

Phandeeyar is looking for a talented professional to serve as its Open Data Project Manager.
You will take a lead role in growing the open data movement in Myanmar. You will be leading a
team of 5-6 data analysts and data scientists. The main project is related to the upcoming
Myanmar election. You will build and maintain relationships with organizations that collect and
publish data, and develop ways to communicate publicly available data in Myanmar to a broad
audience. You will also develop other programs to help improve the capacity of local
organizations to analyze data and communicate using data. Overall, you will be responsible for
developing resource for open data in Myanmar for journalists, researchers, civil society
organization, businesses, and the general public. This role is a great path to becoming a
thought leader around data/civic tech in Myanmar.

Key responsibilities include:

Project Management
● Managing a team of data analysts and coordinating with cross-discipline team
members to make sure that all parties are on track with project requirements, deadlines,
and schedules.
● Liaison between data scientists, CSOs, NGOs, and the government.

Developing partnerships and Data Design
●  ● Work with NGO/CSO/Government partners and design how to use data to improve their
program. Support Myanmar Data tada program (
● Communicate with potential partners on the power of data for meeting their own goals.
● Taking a leading role in growing and building Open data community and foster the
technology ecosystem for social good
● Promoting the idea of open data to a wide range of groups in Myanmar, ranging from
NGOs, CSOs, businesses, and government organizations, to journalists, researchers,
and technologists
● Designing, organizing and conducting workshops on open data and data literacy for
civil society and media organizations.

Essential Requirements

Excellent Project management and people management skills – You have at least 3 years
of experience in project management. You are great at getting things done. You’re a
self-starter who takes the initiative and can mobilize resources and solve problems. You can
juggle multiple projects and you have good attention to detail.

Project management skills – You are great at getting things done. You’re a self-starter who takes the initiative and can mobilize resources and solve problems. You can juggle multiple projects and you have good attention to detail.

Design thinking skills – You enjoy working with people. You’re curious and great listener. You
want to help NGOs, CSOs, and Government think about how data could improve their program
and create impacts.

Communication skills – You’re a good communicator and are fluent in Burmese and English.
You are able to communicate technical concepts effectively and concisely to non-techies. You
are able to write articles in Burmese and English that appeals to a broad audience.
Passionate about technology and data – You don’t need to have a background in
quantitative data analysis, but you should be comfortable with numbers and datasets. You are
passionate about continually learning new skills in technology, data science and data
Excited about our mission – We want to work with people who are excited about what we’re
doing. You need to be excited about using technology and open data to improve Myanmar.

Bonus skills:

Data analysis, Mapping and Data Visualization skills – Experience with STATA, R or
mapping technologies such as GIS, Tableau, etc
Knowledge on Myanmar election – Experience on election work is highly desireable.
Sectoral experience – It would be highly useful to have experience working in development,
social science research, environmental research, and/or investigative journalism. This could be
at local or international NGOs, think tanks, market research companies, academic institutions
or news media organizations.

The Details

Location: This role is based in Yangon. It may involve some travel around the country.
Hours: Phandeeyar is itself a start-up. Many of its activities happen outside standard office hours (9am-5pm). You will need to work some evenings and weekends, however there is a “time off in lieu” policy.
Remuneration: Will be based on experience and qualifications and will be competitive for the sector.
To apply: Please send an email to explaining why you are perfect for this role and attach a CV/resume (not more than two pages long).

For more information please visit:
Twitter: @Phandeeyar
Instagram: @phandeeyar