Code for Africa (CfA) has an immediate vacancy for a Data Programme Manager to join our main civic technology lab in Nairobi, Kenya. The Data Programme Manager is responsible for coordinating people and processes across a range of data journalism projects, as well as optimising the admin tasks related to them.

CfA’s data team is involved in a set of activities including the production of cutting-edge data visualisations and data-journalism projects; teaching data journalism and the maintenance of a data journalism Academy and co-creating content with thematic data journalism communities, such as WanaData (the first female data journalism community in Africa).  

About the Role

You will be supporting CfA’s Chief Data Officer (CDO) to supervise, implement and monitor streamlined tasks across the data team and help handle its HR and admin tasks. You will make sure that programmes and projects are being developed smoothly, on a timely manner and in respect of CfA’s budgets. You will help the data team to keep pace with other CfA teams and adopt the agile methodology. You will remove roadblocks and solve problems in cooperation with CfA’s teams. You will check the quality of the team’s outputs and help improve it.

Who You Are

You are an excellent data-savvy problem-solver. You are precise and well organized. You are familiar with admin tasks such as budgets, HR and contracts. You might already have managed projects in the data/tech space, which would be a big advantage. You are looking for a new challenge and an opportunity to advance your skills in an international team of professionals. You are an amazing multi-tasker and know how to work under pressure.

The data team uses tools like Slack, Trello, Github and Google Drive to manage the work, and Infogram, Carto, Adobe Illustrator, QGis, Shorthand, OpenRefine, D3JS and others to package the storytelling. Some familiarity with all of these tools would be helpful, but the main requirement is knowing how to manage complex, multidisciplinary projects. CfA values clarity, precision and concision in our teams and are looking for someone who has strong administrative skills.

What You’ll Do

  • Support the CDO in developing and implementing data journalism projects, including multimedia and investigative projects on health, gender and development issues
  • Work on data-driven research and statistics alongside visualisers who create the interactive and static charts and maps and developers who create data-driven interactive content
  • Detect and remove roadblocks and solve problems related to data research, analysis, design and visualisation and interactions with other teams
  • Monitor processes and liaise with the production managers to synchronize on what is working or not working and help the team to document best practices
  • Liaise with the Academy’s team to assure all data journalism training events happen on a timely basis and run smoothly, and help improve the training modules and MOOC
  • Assist the CDO to check budgets, help manage human resources and handle contracts on a timely basis
  • Assist the CDO to facilitate the work of thematic data journalism communities, such as WanaData and Hacks/Hackers
  • Research latest trends and industry standards to ensure developed methodology meet global standards

What You’ve Got

  • Strong organisational skills and ability to deliver results within deadlines
  • Strong administrative skills and precision in handling budgets and contracts
  • Demonstrable project management skills
  • Design aesthetics and attention for details
  • Data literacy and proficiency in dataviz tools
  • Excellent knowledge of proper compositional practices to aid in writing and proofreading
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, with English as your primary work language  
  • Critical thinking & diplomacy
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Proficient in using Google Drive, Trello and Slack
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment distributed across Africa

Extra Points If…

  • You’ve got 5+ years work experience
  • You have a scientific background

How to Apply:

Fill in this form and select the job position you want to apply for by 31 August 2018

About The Federation:

Code for Africa (CfA) is the continent’s largest federation of data journalism and civic technology laboratories, with labs in four countries and affiliates in a further six countries. CfA manages the $1m/year and $500,000/year, as well as key digital democracy resources such as the data portal and the election toolkit. CfA’s labs also incubate a series of trendsetting initiatives, including the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative in East Africa, the continental africanDRONE network, and the African Network of Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) that spearheaded Panama Papers probes across the continent. CfA is an initiative of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).

At CfA, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. CfA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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