Make Data Count is seeking a part-time Communications Consultant to support the initiative’s outreach and dissemination of our work on data metrics with the community. 

Make Data Count is a global, community-driven initiative focused on establishing standardized metrics for the evaluation and reward of research data reuse and impact. Make Data Count facilitates the recognition of data as a primary research output, promoting data sharing and reuse across the community.

The Communications Consultant will work with the Make Data Count Director and the Make Data Count Advisory Group to communicate events, resources and activities related to Make Data Count and data metrics.


The Communications Consultant will handle a diverse set of communication tasks based on the strategic direction set by the Make Data Count Director, including: 

Drafting and editing

  • Blog posts
  • Make Data Count newsletter
  • Social media posts for X/Twitter, Mastodon and LinkedIn

Community engagement

  • Post on X/Twitter, Mastodon and LinkedIn, as well as relevant Slack groups, responding to replies and engaging the community
  • Develop Make Data Count’s presence on these and other relevant networks

Events coordination

  • Support the organization of webinars or other virtual events
  • Communications and coordination of preparations for the Make Data Count Summit 

This is a remote contractor position. The work is expected to be around 14 hrs/week. Compensation is expected to range 35-50 euros/hour or equivalent currency, depending on experience. Expected start date can be as early as 3 June 2024.

Desired skills

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Experienced in outreach, event organization and/or community management
  • Proficient in a variety of communications tools, including WordPress, Mailchimp, etc
  • Experienced managing social media accounts
  • Passionate about open science and interested in driving positive change in research culture and research evaluation practices
  • Familiar with the open research data ecosystem, including recent trends and developments 
  • A strong writer and verbal communicator. Other proficiencies (e.g. video, audio, illustration, etc) will be an advantage

How to apply

Please send a short cover letter, resume/CV, and three work samples (these could include blog posts or other similar articles, videos, illustrations, etc) to with the words “Communications Consultant” in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis.