Data Analyst Consultant

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 January 2020

Job Description

Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is delighted to announce that we are looking to recruit a Consultant to join our Data & Statistics Portfolio. The Data & Statistics team is a quantitative research team that has a number of core areas of focus including:

  • The delivery of impact evaluations involving experimental or quasi-experimental methods, including randomised controlled trials, propensity score matching, synthetic control, regression discontinuity, difference-in-difference, and interrupted time-series techniques;
  • The delivery of quantitative Third Party Monitoring and Verification to provide high quality evidence on the quality and efficacy of programme implementation in support of adaptive management;
  • A Data Innovation Hub that seeks to test and introduce data innovations across the data cycle, including exploiting big and non-traditional data sources and exploring the use of analytical techniques derived from modern data sciences; and
  • To support survey teams based in our International Offices to ensure that quantitative data is collected using state-of-the-art techniques and provides data that is robust and is appropriate to inform both research requirements and to inform policy decisions.

OPM has undertaken quantitative analytical work across a range of thematic areas including education, social protection, nutrition, health, water and sanitation, climate change, and resilience and livelihoods. In fact a core competitive advantage is that OPM also has a large range of thematic teams with whom we work in close collaboration for the delivery of robust and policy relevant quantitative analytical work.

The majority of our research is designed within a mixed-methods framework. The integration of qualitative research in our analytical approaches helps understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions and provides a more holistic understanding by addressing gaps that purely quantitative methods cannot fill.

Our quantitative analytical practice is growing and this is an exciting opportunity to join our Data & Statistics Portfolio. This role will suit someone with post-graduate level training and advanced technical knowledge in quantitative analysis for Monitoring and Evaluation.

About OPM Globally

OPM is committed to helping low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform.

We are driven by development impact and our belief that good public policy can transform the lives of millions of people. That’s why we work with governments in low- and middle-income countries to help enable change where it’s needed most. We do this by working hand-in-hand with our clients and partners to help shape projects and policy making in a way that maximises lasting, positive change and builds local capabilities over the long term.

Since our beginnings in 1979, we have grown into a global organisation with a network of offices supporting policy making around the world. We have expanded our capabilities over the years to take an integrated approach across the policy cycle, allowing us to make the most pragmatic recommendations. Today, we work in all areas of social and economic policy and governance, including health, finance, education, water, energy, climate change and public sector management.

OPM’s approach is rooted in a thorough understanding of the complete policy cycle. We work with policy makers to research evidence, develop public policy, support its implementation and evaluate its impact. This holistic view enables us to provide integrated support which is both practically and politically feasible – essential ingredients for long term change.

We are both thinkers and doers, meaning that we combine our academic thinking with concrete experience. Analytical rigour is in our DNA, and is focussed on real-life application and delivery. We learn from real-world effects and build evidence to inform choices.

Key Responsibilities for the Job

  • Lead the technical delivery of quantitative Monitoring & Evaluation projects
  • Work across the full monitoring and evaluation cycle including defining analysis plans, leading scoping visits, designing sampling strategies, developing instruments, overseeing data collection, designing and carrying out analysis, and disseminating results through written reports, briefing notes, and presentations.
  • Provide technical quality assurance to quantitative monitoring and evaluation projects being led by other teams in OPM.
  • Contribute to the Portfolio’s intellectual capital development activities, including developing technical resources such as standardised approaches and tools.
  • Provide support and on-the-job learning to more junior team members, and deliver internal training seminars to contribute to the wider company’s technical development in quantitative analysis.
  • Contribute to the Portfolio’s intellectual reputation development activities, including developing academic journal articles out of project work, presenting at academic conferences, and actively engaging with the global monitoring and evaluation community.
  • Lead proposal development in support of new business, including writing the technical and management sections, review draft proposals, identifying experts and team leaders, and creating proposal budgets.
  • Maximise OPM’s social (i.e. non-profit) impact objectives through the delivery of monitoring and evaluation projects.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Existing right to work in the UK
  • Degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (economics, development economics or other appropriate social science discipline)
  • Graduate level training and advanced quantitative technical knowledge preferably including in experimental and quasi-experimental designs and econometric analysis
  • Experience leading or conducting quantitative monitoring and evaluation projects
  • At least 3 years of quantitative monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Fluency working in Stata
  • Experience working in developing countries
  • Ability to travel overseas for short-term assignments

Preferred skills and experience

  • Familiarity with qualitative and mixed-methods designs
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering training on quantitative impact evaluations and other quantitative analysis techniques.
  • Fluency working in other statistical packages such as R and Python.
  • Experience in using and applying innovative data science techniques in areas relevant to OPM’s work, such as e.g. machine learning methods for predictive analytics, wrangling and analysis of large datasets using cluster computing, and creating interactive and shareable dashboards for data visualisation.
  • Ability to work in at least one relevant language other than English
  • Experience of project management, including the management of project teams

The position is full-time and based in our offices in Oxford with some overseas travel. If you would like to work in a supportive environment that values collaboration, integrity, and empowerment we would love to hear from you. OPM offer a competitive salary, a contribution pension scheme, and generous holiday entitlement.

About the Organization

We are an international development consultancy committed to helping low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage through public policy reform.

Working in all areas of social and economic policy and governance, we seek to bring about lasting positive change through analytical and practical policy expertise. Through our global network of offices, we work in partnership with national decision makers to research, design, implement, and evaluate impactful public policy in over 100 countries.

We draw on our local and international sector experts, alongside a network of expert associates and dedicated support staff, to provide the very best evidence-based support.

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