Lead Analyst, East Africa

Development Initiatives Poverty Research
Nairobi, Kenya
Apply by 23 August 2018
Posted on 1 August 2018

Job Description

The Lead Analyst in East Africa has management and technical responsibility for all analytical work delivered by DI’s Africa Hub. The successful candidate provides expertise to shape DI analysis and ensure high quality is delivered across the Africa Hub analysts. The Lead Analyst is responsible for managing and developing analytical staff based in Kampala and Nairobi. Research assignments are allocated as part of grant-maintained work and consultancy contracts awarded to DI; the post-holder ensures balanced priorities across these portfolios. The Lead Analyst reports to the Research & Analysis Department Head based in Bristol to ensure coordination across all DI’s work and is part of the senior team lead by the Head of Africa who also provides pastoral support for this role.

Duties & Responsibilities

Technical Duties

  • Lead in the effective delivery of DI projects as assigned to the Hub analysts to meet DI quality standards for internal and external audiences.
  • Generate high-quality research and analysis using in-depth quantitative or qualitative research methods.
  • Contribute to the development of research ideas and methodologies for strategic priorities drawing on knowledge of global, regional and national themes.
  • Build and maintain ongoing strategic relationships with key stakeholders in government ministries, donor country offices, research organisations, NGOs and other relevant organisations in Africa, while working closely with the engagement team.
  • Represent DI externally at a senior level by presenting, facilitating or participating in events.
  • Hold and build knowledge of best practices and industry standards and applies these to analytical work to ensure knowledge-sharing across the team.
  • Maintain a well-informed up-to-date knowledge of economic development topics and a contemporary understanding of the global environment and communicates this among Hub analysts.
  • Carry out other reasonable duties and responsibilities from time to time as may be assigned.

Strategic Scope

  • Oversee the design, management and delivery of DI Africa Hub’s analytical content and ensure continuing development and relevance to DI’s strategic priorities.
  • Provide strategic expertise in at least one area of humanitarian analysis, development finance and / or national government spending and budgets to develop bodies of analytical work and ensure the wider DI strategy remains relevant to the African context.
  • Input into organisational strategic thinking and application of strategy.
  • Lead and inspire Hub analysts to drive forward the organisational strategy.
  • Support the Head of Africa office in scoping funding opportunities and submitting proposals.

Management Duties

  • Manage, lead and motivate the Kenya and Uganda analyst team , ensuring line reports are delivered to a high standard across their objectives, and oversee performance or up-skilling when appropriate.
  • Lead meetings of the analyst team in the Africa Hub, play a proactive role in DI-wide research and analysis meetings and provide updates for Directors’ meetings as required.
  • Work with the Research & Analysis Department Head and Head of Africa to ensure skills and expertise of the African Hub’s analytical capacity are sufficient to meet demands and opportunities through use of in-house research personnel and external consultants when appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for health, safety and security obligations for team members.

Organisational Responsibilities

  • Provide policy advice and technical assistance on implementation of strategy as directed by the Head of Africa and Executive Director.
  • Implement and manage strategic projects and activities in line with DI’s vision, mission, values and goals.
  • Manage and deliver work against research elements of both grant-maintained and consultancy portfolios.
  • Assist in the development of new projects and in the identification of new and emerging opportunities.
  • Provide content expertise across a range of projects and deliver projects directly.
  • Develop long-term strategic relationships with stakeholders and project partnerships. Lead Analyst, East Africa
  • Manage a project budget, an element of a project budget or resources.
  • Represent DI externally across multiple areas of expertise.
  • Work across teams managing capacity, checking quality of outputs and providing quality assurance on area of expertise while ensuring delivery of content within budget and time constraints.
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation in applying solutions.

General Responsibilities

  • Be aware of and take personal responsibility for any health and safety issues and obligations; will uphold all aspects of company policies, procedures and legal requirements in relation to personal conduct.
  • Maintain personal professional development and personal development plans.
  • Be willing and committed to take on new work as required and to be proactive.

No job description or role profile can encompass all tasks and duties that may be required, and we will expect the postholder to carry out other duties and tasks from time to time that are broadly consistent with those in this document.

Person Specification


  • Bachelors and Masters degree in Economics, Mathematics, Statistics or a related field such as International Development or Development Studies.
  • Any other academic or professional qualifications that will enhance the role including short courses in developmentrelated work, research skills, standards and guidelines and project and people management

Personal skills/qualities

  • Impeccable analytical and interrogatory skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including experience of working effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences
  • Proven staff management experience, strong people management and leadership skills with the ability to develop others and impart knowledge and experience in an accessible and clear manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure yet deliver multiple tasks on time with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to lead teams and processes ensuring timely delivery of work to meet the highest quality standards expected from DI
  • Ability to professionally represent DI in a variety of meetings and other external fora, engaging with all levels of seniority.
  • Ability to interact with employees at all levels of the organisation.
  • Able to work independently with minimal support but can also work well in a team environment.

Knowledge/technical competencies


  • Minimum of five-years’ experience in a similar role.
  • Strong background working in international development in East Africa. Specifically, the applicant should demonstrate a thorough understanding in at least one of the following areas of international development: policy and finance, humanitarian and crisis response, and / or government revenue budgets and spending for poverty reduction. Expertise should focus in developing countries within and beyond East Africa
  • Excellent data analytical skills with a proven track record of using quantitative research methods and advanced knowledge of data analysis tools.
  • First-rate written skills with the ability to present complex issues clearly to a wide audience, evidenced in authoring international development reports and funding proposal development
  • Track record in quality assurance of research and publications.
  • Familiarity with both national and international institutions, mechanisms and a wide range of actors across the development sector, with experience of working with government and/or civil society organisations
  • Experience in contributing to the strategic direction of an organisation and leading and managing teams.


  • Knowledge of a second working language such as French or Arabic
  • Qualitative research methods including primary and secondary research.
  • Experience of working in a matrix or project-based environment.
  • Experience in implementing programmes at the sub-national level.

Contractual details

Start date: September/October 2018

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Length: Fixed term contract for 12 months

Hours: 35 hours a week

Probation: 3 months

Leave: 25 days pro rata, plus all bank/public holidays

Application details

Your CV (no more than two pages) and cover letter, which should detail your skills and evidence of experience and how it relates to the job description, should be emailed to: Connie Fitzgerald (Human Resources Officer) at HR.Africa@devinit.org, quoting reference: Lead Analyst EA in the email subject line. Your letter should also include your salary expectations, notice period/available start date and where you saw the job advert.

Closing date: 23 August 2018, 5pm EAT

First interviews: To be advised

Second interviews: To be advised

About the Organization

Development Initiatives (DI) is an independent international development organisation working on the use of data to drive poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Since DI was established in 1993 our expertise and passion has been rooted in the role data can play in development. We are focused on getting better data on poverty and vulnerability, so we know where need is greatest and whether efforts are working. We are dedicated to improving information about resources so that they can be targeted effectively – and we want to help others use data to improve decision-making and drive better results.

We work to ensure that decisions about the allocation of finance and resources result in an end to poverty, increase the resilience of the world’s most vulnerable people, and ensure no one is left behind. We want these decisions to be underpinned by good quality, transparent data and evidence on poverty and resources, and lead to increased accountability and sustainable long-term outcomes.

We believe there are enough resources in the world to consign extreme poverty to history, but poor or inaccurate information means these resources are not reaching those who most need them. While data alone will not end poverty, it is a vital catalyst for increasing knowledge, providing clarity and improving decision-making at local, national, regional and global levels.

More information

Lead Analyst EA Recruitment Pack.pdf

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