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  • Posted: Nov 25, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • IDinsight is an international development organization that helps policymakers and managers make socially impactful decisions using rigorous evidence. We carefully tailor a wide range of analytical and quantitative tools to enable our clients to design better policies, rigorously test those ideas, and take informed action at scale to improve lives. Our servi...
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    Project Budget Specialist

    About the Project Budget Specialist role

    The Project Budget Specialist will prepare all IDinsight project budgets and will assist with project forecasting and financial reporting.

    This position will report to the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.

    Responsibilities

    Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

    Project Budgeting & Forecasting

    • Prepare final project budgets for all IDinsight projects in the IDinsight template based on inputs from and in collaboration with client development team members
    • Own the project budget template and process and make improvements on an ongoing basis
    • Develop and populate a database to record typical costs in locations where we have run projects and for which we have submitted budgets, to facilitate accurate and efficient budget preparation
    • Liaise with the FP&A Lead who will review each project budget
    • Convert approved budgets to client templates as and when needed
    • Prepare quarterly budget estimates to complete for each project based on inputs from and in collaboration with client development team members
    • Provide global and specific training to project teams on the high level elements of budget preparation

     

    Reporting & Analysis

    Project level:

    • Contribute to the monthly process of updating the budget monitors (i.e. budget vs. actual reports)
    • Prepare project-level financial reports for the internal management use of IDinsight project teams and contractual obligations for external clients Prepare monthly staff utilization reports

    Global:

    • Assist in the preparation of standardized monthly reports for donors in order to keep them updated on IDinsight’s financials
    • Prepare analysis and commentary on monthly functional dashboards
    • Assist in the preparation of ad hoc global reports for grant proposals
    • Contribute to the preparation of quarterly Finance Committee Documents

    Other:

    • Support other global financial and related tasks as and when required

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Commerce, Financial Management, Economics, Public Administration, or other relevant areas required. Master’s degree in one of the above fields is helpful, but not required.
    • Professional qualification - CPA/ACA/ACCA part I or equivalent preferred.
    • 5+ years of work experience in budgeting and/or financial planning and analysis for a mid-size (or larger) organization.

    Skills and attributes:

    • Possesses honesty, integrity, strong work ethic, and team skills.
    • Strong problem solving and communication abilities; is organized and efficient.
    • Excited by and open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.
    • Proven ability to meet deadlines in a high-paced work environment.
    • Strong Project Management skills and ability to coordinate work of cross-functional teams.
    • Proactive and works with minimal supervision.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and QuickBooks (or other accounting software).
    • Willingness to take on all kinds of tasks and areas of responsibility, including at short notice.

    Professional development

    Skill and career development are core to IDinsight's values and long-term impact strategy, and have been noted highlights of teammates’ experiences. IDinsighters receive significant mentorship from IDinsight leadership, support from talented peers, and are given considerable autonomy when ready. They maintain professional development plans and are given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen a variety of skills. Real-time feedback is embedded in our culture and formal structure enables maximum professional growth. Additionally, teammates have access to an annual professional development stipend that they are encouraged to utilize to explore their career interests and develop their skills.

     

    Nuts & bolts

    Location

    This position is based in the following IDinsight’s offices:

    New Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia; Dakar, Senegal and Rabat, Morocco

    Start date

    The start date of this position is as soon as possible, with preference for candidates that can start immediately. We expect a 2-year minimum commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

    Work authorization

    IDinsight is not able to sponsor work authorization for this role. Successful candidates will not require IDinsight to sponsor their work authorization in the office in which they'll be based.

    Compensation

    Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the qualifications and experiences IDinsight is hiring for, and competitive within the global development sector. We are especially proud of the people-focused benefits we offer including comprehensive international health insurance, including mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; relocation benefits; a travel stipend; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

    Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations.

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    Front End Engineer

    IDinsight is hiring a front end engineer to grow our software engineering capabilities. In this role the front end engineer will work closely with IDinsight’s Data on Demand team to develop our in-house software product aimed at improving management of our primary data collection activities across India. The front end engineer will work with a growing team of data engineers and data scientists to design and build out the front end web interfaces for the application using React.

    About Data on Demand

    Data on Demand (DoD) intends to amplify social sector impact worldwide by making accurate data on hard-to-reach, low-income populations an order of magnitude faster and cheaper. Our platform represents over 60 million people in India and we hope to expand our operations to more geographies. 

    Traditionally, high-quality data collection approaches are expensive and slow for policymakers and program implementers, while more immediate data sources like MIS data are often highly unreliable. Data on Demand combines rigorous academic methods, cutting edge technological innovations and strong field networks to revolutionize data collection.

    The software that powers Data on Demand aims to advance DoD’s broader goals by enabling seamless and scalable management of our remote workforce of surveyors.

    About the Role

    We are seeking candidates with a strong background in HTML, CSS, JavaScript (React), and a passion for building solutions to difficult social problems. Most importantly, successful candidates should possess the ability to work independently to solve complex challenges, both human and technological.

    As a front end engineer, the day-to-day work may include:

    • Working with DoD team members to understand their needs: understanding their current processes and pain points and identifying how these can be supported through user-friendly web interfaces.
    • Coordinating with back end data engineers on the design of API’s provided through the Flask back end of the application.
    • Building and maintaining the React application.
    • Working with other team members to test and deploy these solutions.

    Career development

    Professional development for our technical roles is essential for IDinsight’s long-term impact. With support from IDinsight leadership, the employee will maintain self-directed professional development plans and will be given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen their professional skills. Real-time feedback and structured reviews are regularly provided to maximize each data team member’s expertise. IDinsight’s entrepreneurial culture allows roles and career progression to be tailored to individual strengths, interests, and goals.  Employees have the opportunity to increase responsibilities, and high performers will have the opportunity to move up in the organization along technical, managerial, or client-facing paths.

    Required Technical Qualifications

    Front End Engineer:

    • Proficiency working in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. 
    • Proficiency building data-intensive React applications in a production setting.
    • Proficiency integrating with internal API’s.
    • Understanding of security best practices in web application design.
    • Proficiency using git and GitHub for version control.
    • B.S./B.S.E. degree in Applied Math, Computer Science, Physics, Engineering or Similar Technical Field

    Other required qualifications:

    • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience developing React applications.
    • Proven ability to work alone and with teams in a dynamic, multicultural environment.
    • Passion for improving lives through evidence-informed policy.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Fluency in languages spoken in countries where IDinsight works is a plus.
    • Strong values aligned with IDinsight’s stated values.
    • Ability and interest in sharing knowledge, mentoring others, presenting work and reviewing the work of others.
    • Deeply passionate about global development and improving lives in disadvantaged populations
    • Open-minded self-starter who will thrive while tackling new, unusual and unpredictable challenges

    Preferred Qualifications

     The most competitive applicants will also have experience in one or more of the following:

    • Experience working with Python and SQL.
    • Experience working with Flask.
    • Experience working with a cloud hosting platform, preferably AWS.
    • Experience working with Docker.
    • Experience working with R and R Shiny.

    Locations

    The position is located in New Delhi, India, with travel dependent on project needs.

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are currently “working from home” globally. As such, successful candidates would be expected to work from home until it is possible to safely and responsibly work from an IDinsight office.

    Compensation

    Compensation is commensurate with relevant experience and background, and competitive within the social sector. Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading technology firms.

    Start Dates

    The start date of this position is flexible, although there is the potential to start almost immediately. We expect a minimum one-year commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

    References

    Applications should include three references, including email, phone, and title. Briefly state in what capacity you worked with each reference.

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    Data Visualization & Dashboard Specialist

    IDinsight is hiring a full-time data visualization and dashboard specialist (2 to 4 years of relevant experience) to grow our dashboarding and broader data presentation capabilities. In this role the specialist will work with project teams and clients to build dashboards that facilitate data-driven decision making leading to social impact. This could include, for example, building interfaces to help manage on-the-ground efforts to locate out of school children, to introduce greater accountability and effectiveness into social safety net programs, or to deliver socioeconomic data to high level decision-makers in the social sector.

    We are a social-impact oriented organization, so can guarantee meaningful work tackling some of the world’s most complex international development challenges around the world.

    Grow as a data professional while doing meaningful work

    We are working to build IDinsight into a global leader in the use of innovative data tools to solve some of the world’s most urgent problems.

    You’ll be joining a growing data science and engineering team and working on highly impactful and innovative projects with our partners. You’ll be joining an entrepreneurial team where you have a strong voice in how the team functions and grows. To be effective, dashboards need to be contextually relevant and build on subject-matter expertise. You will get to work closely with our partners, our team of economists, social-sector experts, and public health specialists to build and test solutions.

    Learning is a key part of being an effective data professional. 10% of your time would be dedicated to learning new skills and side projects of your choice. You’ll have strong mentorship to guide your career and you’ll make interesting and valuable connections.

    About the Data Visualization & Dashboard Specialist role

    We are seeking candidates with a strong background in dashboarding tools like Tableau, PowerBI and Google Data Studio, ability to code dashboards using R Shiny, and a passion for building solutions to difficult social problems. Most importantly, successful candidates should possess the ability to work independently to solve complex challenges, both human and technological.

    Responsibilities

    As a data visualization and dashboard specialist, the day-to-day work may include:

    • Working with clients to understand their needs: understanding their current processes and pain points and identifying which of these can be addressed through informative dashboards.
    • Designing visualizations and dashboards that cater to audiences ranging from on-the-ground implementers to executive reporting for both internal teams and external clients.
    • Collaborating with client teams to set up, test and deploy dashboards, and ensure timely maintenance.
    • Collaborating with the data engineering team on data pipeline requirements.
    • Helping develop the organization's strategy on dashboarding solutions for internal and external clients. This will involve developing and institutionalizing best practices on design, execution and management of dashboarding initiatives.

    Required Technical Qualifications

    • 2+ years of experience designing and building data visualizations
    • Bachelor's degree in design, information science, engineering, social science or related fields
    • Demonstrated understanding of design principles and aesthetics of business dashboards, data visualization and reports
    • Passion for UX principles and ability to work with stakeholders to understand their needs in the design process
    • Experience working with popular data visualization and dashboarding platforms like PowerBI, Google Data Studio, Tableau
    • Experience building dashboards in R Shiny.
    • Fluency with a git/GitHub version control workflow (though not primarily a coding role, you’ll work closely with our team of developers)
    • Experience with SQL and related database systems such as PostgreSQL or BigQuery.

    Other required qualifications:

    • Proven ability to work alone and with teams in a dynamic, multicultural environment.
    • Passion for improving lives through evidence-informed policy.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Fluency in languages spoken in countries where IDinsight works is a plus.
    • Strong values aligned with IDinsight’s stated values.
    • Ability and interest in sharing knowledge, mentoring others, presenting work and reviewing the work of others.
    • Deeply passionate about global development and improving lives in disadvantaged populations
    • Open-minded self-starter who will thrive while tackling new, unusual and unpredictable challenges

     

    Professional development

    Skill and career development are core to IDinsight's values and long-term impact strategy, and have been noted highlights of teammates’ experiences. IDinsighters receive significant mentorship from IDinsight leadership, support from talented peers, and are given considerable autonomy when ready. They maintain professional development plans and are given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen a variety of skills. Real-time feedback is embedded in our culture and formal structure enables maximum professional growth. Additionally, teammates have access to an annual professional development stipend that they are encouraged to utilize to explore their career interests and develop their skills.

    Location

    This position is located in one of IDinsight’s existing offices, with possibility of extensive travel dependent on project needs. The most likely offices for this position are New Delhi, India; Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; or Lusaka, Zambia. Preference will be given to those with pre-existing work authorization in these countries; however, IDinsight will seek work permits where possible for exceptional candidates.

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are currently “working from home” globally. As such, successful candidates would be expected to work from home until it is possible to safely and responsibly work from an IDinsight office.

    Start date

    The start date of this position is flexible, although there is the potential to start almost immediately. We expect a minimum one-year commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

    Work authorization

    IDinsight is able to sponsor employment visas for all nationalities in these locations; however, we will prioritize candidates who do not require IDinsight to sponsor work authorization in the aforementioned countries. All candidates who are not currently located in our country offices listed above will be expected to relocate to their office locations at the onset of their employment.

    Compensation

    Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the qualifications and experiences IDinsight is hiring for, and competitive within the global development sector. We are especially proud of the people-focused benefits we offer including comprehensive international health insurance, including mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; relocation benefits; a travel stipend; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

    Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations.

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    Senior Data Scientist - Multiple Locations

    IDinsight is hiring full-time senior data scientists (4 to 10 years of experience) to grow our machine learning and broader data science capabilities. In this role the data scientist will work with project teams and clients to use advanced analytics to drive social impact. You may build models that help locate out of school children, optimize routing of community health workers, identify infants with high mortality risk, or make credit scoring possible for the unbanked for the first time.

    We are a social-impact oriented organization, so can guarantee incredibly meaningful work tackling some of the world’s most complex international development challenges around the world.

    Grow as a data scientist while doing meaningful work

    We are working to build IDinsight into a global leader in the use of machine learning to solve some of the world’s most urgent problems.

    You’ll be joining a growing data science team and working on highly impactful and innovative projects with our partners. You’ll be joining an entrepreneurial team where you have a strong voice in how the team functions and grows. You’ll get to work on the full spectrum of the data science solution - from design to deployment. To be effective, data science products need to be contextually relevant and build on subject-matter expertise. You will get to work closely with our partners, our team of economists, social-sector experts, and public health specialists to build and test solutions.

    Learning is a key part of being a data scientist. 10% of your time would be dedicated to learning new skills and side projects of your choice. You’ll have strong mentorship to guide your data science career and you’ll make interesting and valuable connections.

    About the role

    We are seeking candidates with a strong data science skills and a passion for building solutions to difficult social problems. Most importantly, successful candidates should possess the ability to work independently to solve complex challenges related, both human and technological.

    As a senior data scientist, you’ll also be across multiple projects and bring technical expertise to the team. In addition to the tasks above, you’ll be:

    • Working with clients to understand their needs: Understanding their current processes and pain points and identifying which of these can be framed as a tractable data science problem.
    • Providing technical oversight on multiple project.
    • Designing, testing, improving various algorithms: From OOTB scikit-learn algorithms to bespoke ones.
    • Writing articles and blog posts to share our work for technical and non-technical audiences.
    • Synthesising, visualizing, and communicating results: Dashboards, plots, interactive viz, presentations and reports
    • Writing test cases, setting up CI/CD, and deploying solutions using cloud resources.
    • Ensuring business problems are framed correctly: Not everything is a data science problem and a senior data scientist would have the expertise to make this judgement.
    • Ensuring appropriate methods are being used to tackle the problem: Having a broad knowledge of methods would allow a senior data scientist to pick the one best suited for the task.
    • Establishing standards and best practices: The senior data scientist will bring experience writing quality code and project management best practices.
    • Doing code reviews: Every piece of code we write should be reviewed. Senior data scientists would often be a reviewer and also establish best practices for reviews.
    • Provide mentorship to junior data scientists.
    • Provide expertise in one or more of the following:
    • Deep-learning: image classification/segmentation, sequence models
    • Optimization under constraints: linear programming, evolutionary algorithms
    • NLP: sentiment analysis, text summarization
    • Other: performance tracking, on-line learning, contextual bandits, survival analysis

    Required Technical Qualifications

    • Intermediate to advanced Python skills. Please do not apply if you are not an expert in standard data science packages in Python (numpy, pandas, scikit learn, etc.).
    • Hands-on experience building and deploying supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms in production.Degree in Applied Math, Data Science, Computer Science, Physics, or Similar Technical Field.
    • Strong foundations in statistics and probability.
    • Minimum 4 years experience working as a data scientist in Python or R.
    • Experience with version control and code management in git.
    • Knowledge of good software engineering principles.

    Other required qualifications:

    • Proven ability to work alone and with teams in a dynamic, multicultural environment.
    • Passion for improving lives through technology.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Fluency in languages spoken in countries where IDinsight works is a plus.
    • Strong values aligned with IDinsight’s stated values.
    • Ability and interest in sharing knowledge, mentoring others, presenting work and reviewing the work of others.
    • Deeply passionate about global development and improving lives in disadvantaged populations
    • Open-minded self-starter who will thrive while tackling new, unusual and unpredictable challenges

    Preferred Qualifications

    The most competitive applicants will also have experience in one or more of the following:

    • Advanced degree (Masters or Phd) in a technical field.
    • Experience living and working in developing country settings.
    • Experience working on optimization and unsupervised learning problems.
    • Experience working on natural language processing problems.
    • Experience working with SQL, custom APIs and AWS products like RDS, EC2, and Lambda.
    • Experience with other programming languages especially R or Java.
    • Experience working with GIS software such as QGIS.
    • Experience working with satellite imagery / remote sensing data.
    • Experience with Docker.

    This position is located in one of IDinsight’s existing offices, with possibility of extensive travel dependent on project needs. The most likely offices for this position are New Delhi, India; Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; or Lusaka, Zambia. Preference will be given to those with pre-existing work authorization in these countries; however, IDinsight will seek work permits where possible for exceptional candidates.

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are currently “working from home” globally. As such, successful candidates would be expected to work from home until it is possible to safely and responsibly work from an IDinsight office.

    Compensation

    Compensation and benefits are commensurate with relevant experience and background, and competitive within the social sector. Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations.

    Method of Application

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