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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

How to Apply:

Fill in this form: https://forms.gle/y9p78c46NTxeJXqm9 by 20 September 2019.

About Code for Africa / ANCIR:

Code for Africa is the continent’s largest federation of independent civic technology and data journalism laboratories, which build digital democracy solutions giving citizens unfettered access to actionable information that empowers them to make informed decisions and that strengthen civic engagement for improved public governance and accountability.

The African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) is an association of the continent’s best investigative newsrooms, ranging from large traditional mainstream media to smaller specialist units. ANCIR member newsrooms investigate crooked politicians, organised crime and big business. The initiative is incubated by Code for Africa (CfA) with support from the International Center for Journalists. ANCIR seeks to strengthen newsrooms’ own internal capacity, by providing access to the world’s best whistleblower encryption and investigative semantic analysis technologies, as well as forensic research support, and seed grants for cross-border collaboration.


More About Code for Africa:

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 innovateAFRICA.fund and $500,000/year impactAFRICA.fund, as well as key digital democracy resources such as the openAFRICA.net data portal and the GotToVote.cc election toolkit. CfA’s labs also incubate a series of trendsetting initiatives, including the PesaCheck fact-checking initiative in East Africa, the continental africanDRONEnetwork, 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).


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