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  • Data Research Analyst at Code for Africa (CfA)

  • Posted on: 6 September, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Code for Africa (CfA) uses technology and #OpenData to empower citizens.

    We give citizens actionable information for better-informed decision making and digital tools to amplify their voices, so that they can hold the authorities (both governmental and corporate) to account.

    We do this in a number of ways: firstly, by liberating the data currently locked up in governments and corporations, and using this information to build open data / open government digital "backbone"​ infrastructure.

    Secondly, we embed technologists into civic watchdogs, the mass media, public entities, and grassroots citizen organisations to help create the tools, skills, and data necessary to engage meaningfully with the power elite.

    Data Research Analyst


    Code for Africa (CfA) / ANCIR has an immediate vacancy for a Data Analyst & Researcher to join our main civic technology lab in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Minimum qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g., Statistics, Operations Research, Bioinformatics, Economics, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering) or equivalent practical experience.
    • 2 years of work experience in data analysis related field.
    • Experience with statistical software (e.g., R, Python, MATLAB, pandas) and database languages (e.g., SQL)

    Preferred qualifications:

    • Master’s degree in a quantitative discipline.
    • 4 years of relevant work experience, including expertise with statistical data analysis such as linear models, multivariate analysis, stochastic models, sampling methods.
    • Applied experience with machine learning on large datasets.
    • Experience articulating and translating business questions and using statistical techniques to arrive at an answer using available data.
    • Demonstrated leadership and self-direction. Willingness to teach others and learn new techniques.
    • Demonstrated skills in selecting the right statistical tools given a data analysis problem. Effective written and verbal communication skills.

    About the Role

    As a Data Analyst & Researcher, you will help track misinformation and disinformation online, including helping to identify the botnets and ultimate ‘puppet masters’ who are producing and disseminating the false content.

    You will also find & ‘liberate’ key datasets about Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and organised crime and corruption that is often needed to debunk false info.

    As an analyst, you will also work with newsrooms to help find the stories and trends hidden in the data.


    • Working with editorial, technology, data and design teams, develop research topics with clear hypothesis, output, data requirements, and timelines
    • Work with large, complex data sets. Solve difficult, non-routine analysis problems, applying advanced analytical methods as needed. Conduct analysis that includes data gathering and requirements specification, processing, analysis, ongoing deliverables, and presentations.
    • Build and prototype analysis pipelines iteratively to provide insights at scale. Develop comprehensive knowledge of Code for Africa adopted data structures and metrics, advocating for changes where needed for product development.
    • Interact cross-functionally, making business recommendations (e.g., cost-benefit, forecasting, experiment analysis) with effective presentations of findings at multiple levels of stakeholders through visual displays of quantitative information.
    • Research and develop analysis, forecasting, and optimization methods to improve the quality of investigative stories and Code for Africa / ANCIR’s user-facing products.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Code for Africa (CfA) career website on www.linkedin.com to apply

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