Vacancy: Senior Coordinator, Data Insights

Vacancy: Senior Coordinator, Data Insights

Data is at the heart of sustainability standards and certification. ISEAL is looking for a senior coordinator to help strengthen the capacity of its members to create insights and value from their data, improving their ability to achieve sustainability impacts. If you have solid experience in data analysis and data management and are passionate about helping organisations improve their use of data to drive sustainability, this is an exciting opportunity for you to apply and develop your skills.

ISEAL supports ambitious sustainability systems and their partners to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges – from the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis to human rights and persistent poverty. ISEAL members cover many sectors and include many of the leading standards and certification schemes worldwide. Sustainability systems have been improving how they use data effectively to inform their business practices and programmes.  ISEAL has supported them on this journey by developing resources and leading projects on data governance, metrics and measurement, data analytics and data visualisation.  The Senior Coordinator will play an instrumental role in supporting members build their capacity in maximising insights from their existing data.

The Senior Coordinator will be part of a small data team that supports ISEAL members to improve their management and use of data to power innovations and deliver better information and greater value for their stakeholders.  The team facilitates peer-to-peer learning through a Digital Innovations Working Group and involves members in data analytics activities related to specific sustainability issues and in data-driven innovation projects across touching on assurance, monitoring and evaluation, and communications.  The role will work with members to understand where they are on their data maturity journeys and support them in adopting and building on specific pieces of ISEAL work such as a core metadata set and geospatial analysis. A key component of this role will be to guide sustainability systems in their use of data through workshops, collaborative projects, guidance documents, and technical briefings to build their capacity to generate and communicate insights and results for relevant sustainability issues. 

Here are some links to relevant work created at ISEAL:

The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of and experience with data management, analytics, visualisation, and communications, as well as a solid grounding in data science and statistics to inform the appropriate use of data. They will be confident in facilitating a community of data practitioners in projects and learning workshops focused on extracting insights from the data they collect and manage.   An ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders and to manage a varied portfolio of activities through internal teamwork and external collaborations is also an important asset. This role could suit someone who has worked in data analytics but has an aptitude toward broader application.

An interest in sustainability and the impact of sustainability systems will round out the profile.


Member engagement or relationships

  • Establish and build relationships with ISEAL members’ data teams to understand their current capacities and identify priority topics for cross-learning related to data analytics
  • Facilitate members’ understanding and self-assessment of relevant data maturity themes and topics and support them to strengthen their data governance and management
  • Support in the design, content development and facilitation of engagement opportunities that feature member exchange and learning about data analysis techniques 
  • Research, evaluate and make recommendations for a variety of data assessment tools and approaches

Collaborative member data projects

  • Identify and assess ISEAL community-wide data analysis objectives, requirements, challenges, and processes to determine options for potential collaborative projects
  • Build understanding of members' and external stakeholders’ data needs and work with members to enhance their data analytic capabilities
  • Facilitate collaborative projects with ISEAL members that trial approaches to data analysis and communication
  • Capture and synthesize learnings from projects and communicate them to stakeholders within and outside the ISEAL community in the form of guidance documents, technical briefings or articles

Information management

  • Manage GitHub repository
  • Maintain and update resources and web pages related to data governance and information management on the ISEAL online platform
  • Facilitate peer exchange and knowledge sharing on priority topics through the ISEAL online platform
  • Support ISEAL staff to assess ISEAL’s data systems and provide advice on how data can be organized, accessed, and analysed to create new value for operational efficiency and project implementation  


  • Contribute to ISEAL’s wider work on data and information management, especially with the ISEAL community and its members
  • Support grant-related reporting, including project and budget tracking
  • Help shape and participate in strategic discussions related to the data and information management programme of work   
  • Actively participate in Impacts & Innovations team and organizational work planning activities
  • Participate in internal staff management processes such as staff meetings, performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Undergraduate degree (or higher) in relevant field (data sciences or other specializations with a strong focus on data government, management, analysis, and use), or equivalent work experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with people across cultures and time zones
  • Experience coordinating or facilitating group discussions and delivering webinars
  • Demonstrable experience and skills in problem-solving using data interpretation and data analytics.
  • Proven data visualisation and presentation skills, incl. geospatial data and tools (e.g. ESRI ArcGIS)
  • Strong applied knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analyzing datasets
  • Good familiarity with data systems development, maintaining databases, and data life cycle management
  • Experience managing and working in digital collaborative environments (e.g. Git Hub)
  • Knowledge of how to acquire and assess primary and secondary data sources
  • Basic understanding of project management skills including effective time & task management, budget and resource management
  • Confidence using virtual meeting tools (e.g. Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc), use of contact management databases (e.g. Salesforce) and proficiency in MS Office 365

Additionally desirable

  • Experience using statistical computer languages (e.g., Python, SQL, etc.) to manipulate data
  • Knowledge of a variety of business intelligence tools (e.g., Tableau, Looker, SAP, etc.)
  • Interest in and knowledge of sustainability tools, standards, and reporting frameworks

Other relevant information

Deadline:                      31 October 2022

Term:                             Initial 12-months fixed term contract

Salary:                            £33,500-38,000 p.a. depending on experience

Working Hours:            Full time, 37.5 hours per week.

Location:                        London, but other locations will be considered for exceptional candidates, in particular Belgium, and Netherlands or cross-border employment for these two countries. Applicants will need to provide evidence that they are entitled to work in the relevant location

International Travel:   The post holder may be required to undertake occasional international travel.

Annual Leave:               25 days / year for a full-time position (including office closure Christmas/New Year)