Development Initiatives Lead Analyst Jobs in Nairobi

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.

Our work focuses on three key areas:

  • Measuring the progress of people out of poverty Our work on poverty is about driving commitments and investment towards improving
    poverty data and drawing on existing data to start building a clearer and more
    accurate picture of poverty.
  • Investments to end poverty and build resilience Our work on resources is about informing national, regional and international actors on how to mobilise, track and improve the targeting and effectiveness of the many
    different resources that can address poverty, vulnerability and crisis.
  • Data use and sustainable development Our work on data use is about breaking down barriers to data use, improving data
    availability and usability, and helping people use data effectively to drive efforts to
    end poverty and build resilience.

    Duties and responsibilities

    Technical duties

    The Lead Analyst will:

  • 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
  • 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

    Lead Analyst, East Africa

    Strategic scope

    The Lead Analyst will:

  • 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

    Management duties

    The Lead Analyst will:

  • 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
  • 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

    The Lead Analyst will:

  • 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

    The Lead Analyst will:

  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Experience in contributing to the strategic direction of an organisation and leading and managing teams.
  • Experience of working in a matrix or project-based environment.
  • Experience in implementing programmes at the sub-national level.
  • 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.

    Skills and abilities

  • 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.
  • Qualitative research methods including primary and secondary research.
  • Impeccable analytical and interrogatory skills.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including experience of working effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences.
  • 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.

    How to Apply

    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, 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: 23rd August 2018, 5pm EAT
    First interviews: To be advised
    Second interviews: To be advised

    For more information and job application details, see; Development Initiatives Lead Analyst Jobs in Nairobi

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