Data Science Specialist at Human Capital Development Intercontinental Platform (HCD+)

Human Capital Development Intercontinental Platform (HCD+)

Africa (HCD+) is a platform funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and will have the capability to serve as an African voice for advocacy. accountability and transparency on HCD. It will seek to accelerate political commitments, decision-making and funding for key priorities towards realising SDGS #1-6 in Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to incubate regional advocacy and technical assistance hub on Human Capital Development towards increasing African Government’s commitment, funding, and accountability to HCD. The platform, through increased HCD advocacy, focuses on three pillars: (i) Health and Nutrition; (ii) Education, skills and labour participation; (iii) Entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and digital economy.

Also, HCD sits across multiple Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in many African governments. Hence, no organisation holds an integrated vision for HCD. An HCD-focused institution can further help the HCD agenda on the continent. It will focus on four missions: (i) Create transparency on the HCD performance across the continent; (ii) Advocate with heads of state and decision-makers to make HCD a priority; (iii) Ensure effective coordination and collaboration with stakeholders and decision-makers; (iv) Selectively drive the implementation of flagship programs in education, health and economic inclusion. The programme has since commenced its activities in Abuja.

We now seek to engage a qualified professional to fill the position below:

Job Title: Data Science Specialist

Location: Abuja
Reports to: The Program Manager

Job Description & Responsibilities

  • The primary objective of the Data Science Specialist is to extract data from multiple sources, using machine learning tools to organize, process, clean, validate and analyze the data for information purposes.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Provide balanced analytical research by turning raw data into valuable insights that help to drive actions and strategies.
  • Interprets and analyses data from multiple sources to develop imaginative solutions to problems.
  • Conduct analysis, formulate insights, and summarize and synthesize findings for presentation to the line of business management.
  • Develop timely, innovative, and objective analysis, which leads to fact-based solutions for strategic business issues.
  • Maintain an understanding of general business trends and requirements support area and understand the link between analysis and project impact.


  • A minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Statistics or a related field.
  • 4 – 6 years of working experience as a data scientist or business data analyst.
  • Maintain knowledge in statistics, mathematics and/or comparable quantitative area of expertise.
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with reporting packages (Business Objects etc.), databases (SQL etc.), programming (XML, JavaScript, or ETL frameworks) and using statistical packages for analysing datasets (Excel, SPSS, SAS etc.)
  • Technical expertise in data models, database design development, data mining and segmentation techniques.


  • Fluency in English language is required.
  • Knowledge of the French language is an added advantage.

Application Closing Date
30th November, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.


  • Women, people with disabilities and young people who meet the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  • Only candidates who are successful at the pre-qualification stage will be contacted for interviews.


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