Junior Data Scientist, Accra, Ghana at IDinsight


Junior Data Scientist

Location: Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia; Rabat, Morocco; Manila, Philippines; or Delhi, India.

IDinsight is hiring full-time junior data scientists (0 to 4 years of relevant experience) to grow our machine learning and broader data science capabilities. In this role the data scientist will work with project teams and clients to use advanced analytics to drive social impact. You may build models that help locate out of school children, optimize routing of community health workers, identify infants with high mortality risk, or make credit scoring possible for the unbanked for the first time.

We are a social-impact oriented organization, so can guarantee incredibly meaningful work tackling some of the world’s most complex international development challenges around the world.

Grow as a data scientist while doing meaningful work

We are working to build IDinsight into a global leader in the use of machine learning to solve some of the world’s most urgent problems.

You’ll be joining a growing data science team and working on highly impactful and innovative projects with our partners. You’ll be joining an entrepreneurial team where you have a strong voice in how the team functions and grows. You’ll get to work on the full spectrum of the data science solution – from design to deployment. To be effective, data science products need to be contextually relevant and build on subject-matter expertise. You will get to work closely with our partners, our team of economists, social-sector experts, and public health specialists to build and test solutions.

Learning is a key part of being a data scientist. 10% of your time would be dedicated to learning new skills and side projects of your choice. You’ll have strong mentorship to guide your data science career and you’ll make interesting and valuable connections.

About IDinsight

We amplify social impact by partnering with leaders to develop tailored solutions. Our mission is to use data and evidence to help leaders combat poverty worldwide.

IDinsight is a mission-driven global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps global development leaders maximize their social impact. We tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. We work with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. Our work spans a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, financial inclusion, and other areas.

We have expertise in a variety of rigorous approaches and methodologies, which we tailor to each client depending on their needs and constraints. To achieve a positive social impact we:

  •  Support clients’ use of data and evidence for routine and major decision-making.
  •  Inform funding decisions – toward high-impact initiatives and away from less effective programs or approaches.
  •  Create and share tools, knowledge, and ideas that expand the use of data and evidence for social good.

Our diverse, growing team of roughly 180 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world. Learn more about our mission and values at www.IDinsight.org .

About the Junior Data Scientist role

We are seeking candidates with a strong background in Python and core data science skills and a passion for building solutions to difficult social problems. Most importantly, successful candidates should possess the ability to work independently to solve complex challenges related, both human and technological.

As a junior data scientist, the day-to-day work may include:

  •  Working with clients to understand their needs: Understanding their current processes and pain points and identifying which of these can be framed as a tractable data science problem.
  •  Wrangling/cleaning government or client data: from extracting data from SQL databases and making api calls to scraping websites and cleaning survey data.
  •  Designing, testing, improving various algorithms: From OOTB scikit-learn algorithms to bespoke ones.
  •  Synthesising, visualizing, and communicating results: Dashboards, plots, interactive viz, presentations and reports
  •  Working with other team members to test and deploy these solutions.

Required Technical Qualifications

  •  Proficiency working in Python is required. Please do not apply if you are not proficient in standard data science packages in Python (numpy, pandas, scikit learn, etc.). The application will ask you specific questions on your Python abilities.
  •  Proficiency in understanding and coding standard supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms and components of the data science pipeline – data cleaning, feature selection, cross-validation, parameter tuning, etc.
  •  Sound foundations in statistics and probability.
  •  Working knowledge of SQL
  •  B.S./B.S.E. degree in Applied Math, Data Science, Computer Science, Physics, or Similar Technical Field

Other required qualifications:

  •  Proven ability to work alone and with teams in a dynamic, multicultural environment.
  •  Passion for improving lives through evidence-informed policy.
  •  Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Fluency in languages spoken in countries where IDinsight works is a plus.
  •  Strong values aligned with IDinsight’s stated values .
  •  Ability and interest in sharing knowledge, mentoring others, presenting work and reviewing the work of others.
  •  Deeply passionate about global development and improving lives in disadvantaged populations
  •  Open-minded self-starter who will thrive while tackling new, unusual and unpredictable challenges

Preferred Qualifications

The most competitive applicants will also have experience in one or more of the following:

  •  Experience living and working in developing country settings.
  •  Experience working on optimization and unsupervised learning problem.
  •  Experience working with SQL, custom APIs and AWS products like RDS, EC2, and Lambda.
  •  Experience working with GIS software such as QGIS.
  •  Experience working with satellite imagery / remote sensing data.

Professional development

Skill and career development are core to IDinsight’s values and long-term impact strategy, and have been noted highlights of teammates’ experiences. IDinsighters receive significant mentorship from IDinsight leadership, support from talented peers, and are given considerable autonomy when ready. They maintain professional development plans and are given “stretch” opportunities designed to strengthen a variety of skills. Real-time feedback is embedded in our culture and formal structure enables maximum professional growth. Additionally, teammates have access to an annual professional development stipend that they are encouraged to utilize to explore their career interests and develop their skills.

Nuts & bolts

Location

This position is located in one of IDinsight’s existing offices, with possibility of extensive travel dependent on project needs. The most likely offices for this position are New Delhi, India; Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; or Lusaka, Zambia. Preference will be given to those with pre-existing work authorization in these countries; however, IDinsight will seek work permits where possible for exceptional candidates.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are currently “working from home” globally. As such, successful candidates would be expected to work from home until it is possible to safely and responsibly work from an IDinsight office.

Start date

The start date of this position is flexible, with preference for candidates that can start immediately. We expect a 2 year minimum commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

Work authorization

IDinsight is able to sponsor employment visas for all nationalities in these locations; however, we will prioritize candidates who do not require IDinsight to sponsor work authorization in the aforementioned countries. All candidates who are not currently located in our country offices listed above will be expected to relocate to their office locations at the onset of their employment.

Compensation

Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the qualifications and experiences IDinsight is hiring for, and competitive within the global development sector. We are especially proud of the people-focused benefits we offer including comprehensive international health insurance, including mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; relocation benefits; a travel stipend; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations.

How to apply

Please click the “Apply for this job online” button at the top right. Applications are rolling and considered as they are submitted. The application asks various questions in order for us to get to know you, and

requires a CV and cover letter .

Please ensure that your CV includes relevant professional and personal experience as well as details on academic qualifications. CVs can range from one to two pages. Please note, headshot photographs, parental details, birth dates, marital status and other personal information not relevant to the application do not need to be included in your CV. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to use your cover letter to highlight why you want to work for IDinsight specifically, and what has prepared you to succeed in the role you’re applying for. A customized cover letter is an important part of IDinsight’s recruiting process as it allows us to understand your motivations for the position, relevant skills, and clarity of writing.

More information, including details on I

Dinsight’s hiring process and

frequently asked questions , can be found online at IDinsight Careers . Any questions should be directed to careers@IDinsight.org .

IDinsight’s commitment to reducing power asymmetries

IDinsight is committed to

reducing power asymmetries in the social sector . Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects our understanding of the need for the sector to abandon unhealthy practices of the past. We wish to be part of a new generation of international NGOs who are honest about this history and transparent about our role in the present. Our commitment is also aligned with the impact of our work.

We seek a workforce that is inclusive of a variety of perspectives that will help us refine and improve our methods and relationships, and strengthen the services we provide our clients and their communities or constituencies. The following commitments represent our vision for the IDinsight team:

  •  IDinsight will have greater representation from the

populations with whom we work and

clients we serve .

  •  IDinsight will have greater representation from the

countries in which we work .

  •  Across all countries in which we recruit, we will seek

greater representation from historically excluded communities .

  •  IDinsight will foster an

inclusive work culture that empowers a diverse team to do their best work.

IDinsight is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a diverse and supportive workplace.

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