Busara Center NGO Jobs for Statisticians and Data Analysts



The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics is an advisory and research organization focused on evaluation and implementation of behavioral interventions in understudied countries and populations. Busara’s mission is to work with researchers and organizations to advance and apply behavioral science in pursuit of poverty alleviation. This involves the application of research and rigorous methods to enable partners to improve program design, evaluate existing programs, and optimize internal processes. To this end, Busara has worked with a variety of organizations in an advisory capacity to apply behavioral insights, build analytical models, and develop new products. In addition, in its research center capacity, Busara operates a Nairobi-based lab capable of implementing advanced experiments in psychology, behavioral economics and other academic disciplines.

  1. Research Analyst

Job Description: The Research Analyst will support both the consultancy and research arms of Busara in making informed decisions and setting priorities on projects.

The RAs will be expected to have accurate knowledge of a situation, a market, an issue or a social context that is often useful in accessing project parameters.

The RAs will engage in a variety of research activities both qualitative and quantitative and is required to have a  high level of self-motivation and energy, an optimistic, “can-do” attitude, and very strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Additionally, the research analyst should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.


The Research Analyst will work closely with the Busara-Kenya Office and occasionally directly with researchers (academic researchers) to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Engage in multiple large-scale research and consulting project at a given time.
  • Managing external and internal engagements independently and with limited supervision.
  • Interprets, evaluates and clarifies research requests to determine potential data sources and informational resources; identifies and discusses research needs.
  • Provides customized research reports, highlighting main findings and key points, and effectively communicate the results to the user both orally and in writing.
  • Identifies, troubleshoots and resolves inquiries on external and internal research data and acts as research resource person for internal faculty, senior administration, staff and external parties.
  • Recommends data sources and database design as well as makes recommendations on all phases of research projects.
  • Help in designing effective survey instruments and coordinates all activities associated with the survey study including formatting, scanning, analyzing, summarizing and presenting results; writes reports highlighting key findings and makes presentations of results.
  • Be detail oriented while sustaining a global focus and vision for institutional planning and decision making.
  • Strong qualitative, quantitative, research, and data analytic skills
  • General Logistics planning; including but not limited to pre and post planning of field activities to ensure the smooth running of the projects.
  • Perform any other duty as maybe assigned by your supervisor

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy, or related fields.
  • Strong qualitative, quantitative, research, and data analytic skills.
  • Extensive experience managing large scale research and consulting projects in Kenya.
  • Demonstrates the ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player.
  • Interest and experience working in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Fluency and excellent communication and writing skills with a mastery of English language.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials-preferred.
  • Familiarity with STATA.
  1. Data Analyst

Responsibilities For The Data Analyst

  • Data entry, data cleaning, data entry management and database design.
  • Lead data downloading and data warehousing from mobile devices such as PDAs, Netbooks and Smartphones.
  • Collate, query and clean data coming in from field and lab projects, including flagging out inconsistencies and/or errors arising from data obtained from the field as part of routine data checks.
  • Participate in requirements gathering, support development of various internal and external platforms.
  • Lead the design of data collection tools.
  • Data cleaning, high frequency checks, error checking, and documentation.
  • Diagnosing and solving data entry, storage and quality problems that may arise.
  • Extensive and exhausting data cleaning on STATA platform for incoming data.
  • Designing and maintaining data flow patterns for ongoing projects and advising projects on optimal systems to minimize error.
  • Basic data analysis, sample size calculations.
  • Data back-up management.
  • Collaboration with diverse teams; including field teams, research staff, data team, and operations team.
  • Perform additional duties in support of Busara’s expanding data capabilities.

Data Analyst Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, social sciences or related fields. Other fields will be considered.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with some preliminary quantitative skills.
  • 1 to 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Proficiency with STATA, preferably experience with R.
  • Strong working experience with MS Excel, MS Access, MySQL and other databases.
  • Knowledge of survey design, experiencing designing and implementing data collection tools.
  • Ability to wok well in a team.
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English.
  • Interest and experience working in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player.
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.
  • Experience conducting or supporting field research.
  • Advanced knowledge of STATA and R.
  • Demonstrated working experience with any of the following: Python, Clojure, Pig, Hadoop, MangoDB, Hive, MapReduce, HBase.
  • Experience developing and implementing data collection systems and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and data quality

**This position is open to Kenyan candidates only**

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected][email protected] and ensure that the subject line reads: Analyst REF NO: BU-2017-02-07 OR Data Analyst REF NO: DA-6-2-2017

Deadline to apply is 21st February 2017.