Job Opportunity: Land data researcher and advocacy consultant | Land Portal

How land is owned and managed impacts all areas of social, economic, and political life. Increasing effective access to land-related data is a key part of building an information ecosystem for land governance that can support better informed decision and policy making. Data can be used to better understand patterns of land ownership and land use, to track changes, and to address the practice of hiding illicit financial flows in land transactions. It can help secure land rights for the most marginalised and can support the fight against land-related corruption. 

The State of Open Data project launched in 2019 includes a specific chapter describing the current situation regarding the access to land data, and outlining the two types of data needed to understand land ownership: cadastres, which record the boundaries (both formal and informal) of land parcels and land registries, which record property rights and interests. In early 2020, Land Portal and the Open Data Charter (ODC) partnered to identify key core data types that should be considered for an effective land governance framework. 

The Global Data Barometer, a project aiming to map the landscape of data for public good, will be launched in mid-2021 and expects to include a specific thematic module on land ownership. The GDB land module will build upon the Land Portal State of Open Land Information (SOLI) research project -which was piloted in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan- and previous collaborations between the Land Portal and the GDB -  and will be branded as the Global State of Land Information Report covering all GDB countries.

In the context of the significant economic and food security challenges brought about by COVID-19, and the potential for increased corruption risk, alongside the ongoing pressures on land as a result of climate change, it is more important than ever that there are well governed, equitable and appropriately open, data infrastructures in the land sector.


Objective of the consultancy

The Land Portal and ODC are looking for a land data expert with strong knowledge of open data and advocacy skills to support the development of an Open Up Guide on Land Governance. He/she will carry out research to identify key data types and good land data governance practices in few pilot countries, as well as put together a first draft of the Guide, including helping both organisations with the resource mobilization needed to scale up their collaboration in target countries.



  • Hold at least 5- 6 interviews with key stakeholders informed by the outcomes of the online workshop developed in March 2020 and the online discussion focusing on the role of open land data in the fight against corruption.

  • Based on the above,  prioritize key datasets for land management accountability. 

  • Review the Global Data Barometer research framework and  land indicators previously identified by the GDB team..

  • Identify good policies and practices on data use according to the key data types previously selected, including metadata, standards and governance frameworks if available, and pointing to existing gaps or challenges.

  • Develop a first version of the Open Up Guide for Land Governance according to the Guide’s methodology, existing resources and previous research.

  • Develop a 2-pager project brief, identify potential funders and help mobilize resources to pilot the Open Up Guide for Land Governance with potential interested governments.



  • Set of concrete recommendations on Global Data Barometer research framework and Indicators identified to be included in the 2021 Global Data Barometer, 

  • Draft Open Up Guide for Land Governance with a list of recommended data types, use cases, standards, safeguards and a governance model for open and accountable land data.

  • 2-pager project brief, including list of potential governments to pilot the Guide and mapping of donors and their areas of interests to explore expanding the funders for this work.


Desirable skills

  • Solid background on land governance data 

  • Experience in working on open data and data governance frameworks

  • Active researcher with policy orientation


Duration and consultancy cost

The consultancy will start on November 1st and last 4 months with a total cost of approximately 5,000 Euros (with the possibility to continue the collaboration if resource mobilization is successful).

How to apply

Please send a CV and cover letter to by September 30th.

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