Title: Lacuna Fund Subcontractor

Location: Remote

About Lacuna Fund and Meridian Institute
Lacuna Fund is the world’s first collaborative effort to provide data scientists, researchers, and social entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income contexts globally with the resources they need to produce datasets for machine learning that address urgent problems in their communities. Meridian Institute, a non-profit organization, serves as secretariat and fiscal sponsor for Lacuna Fund.

Scope of Work

Meridian seeks a recent graduate with knowledge of data science and interest in collaborative problemsolving to provide support for an upcoming Lacuna Fund call for proposals and selection process for datasets to mitigate bias in machine learning and health or to enable machine learning to address a problem in health that disproportionately affects people of color. This person will work with a team of professionals and be responsible for a variety of tasks, including but not limited to: conducting online research; preparing correspondence; participating in interviews with experts and key stakeholders; taking detailed notes for calls and meetings; synthesizing key points from interview and meeting notes; drafting documents such as summaries of findings, interviews, and meetings, as well as surveys, slide decks, and social media posts; assisting with drafting and dissemination of a Request for Proposals (RFP), reviewing proposals; and preparing for and documenting meetings of a Technical Advisory Panel. Level of effort will fluctuate, but the work will require between 5-20 hours per week January-August 2021.

Subcontractor Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in data science or related field.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate complex information to an array of audiences.
  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Strong attention to detail, copy-editing, and note-taking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Enthusiasm for effectively working as part of a team. Ability to work with people from
    culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft O365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, OneNote,
    PowerPoint), Google, and other commonly used computer programs and technology as well
    as the ability to learn and deploy new and evolving technologies and tools.
  • Provide own equipment (e.g. computer, phone, and any other tools necessary to complete
    the scope of work).

To Apply

If you are interested in this part-time opportunity, kindly submit a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Pratt Miles at jprattmiles@merid.org.

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