Kimetrica seeks an Economist with a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world. The major focus of the position will be to support Kimetrica’s USAID-funded Famine Early Warning System Network Technology Support Contract (FEWS NET TSC) project in East Africa and other projects for Kimetrica’s Research Division.
Kimetrica is a social enterprise on a mission to increase the effectiveness of spending in the social sector. We provide software, research, advisory and training services for evidence-based decision making and learning. We help governments and non-profit organisations increase the impact and efficiency of their social investments, enhance accountability, manage critical risks, and build donor or taxpayer confidence. Kimetrica’s Research Division is headed by Dr Helen Guyatt who leads an enthusiastic team of experts in qualitative and quantitative methods, which they apply to solving a range of research problems.
FEWS NET is the leading provider of information and analysis on food insecurity created by USAID (https://www.fews.net/). The aim of the FEWS NET Technology Support Contract is to assist FEWS NET in identifying and implementing new technologies for enhancing early warning collaboration, analysis, and dissemination capabilities, and expanding FEWS NET’s ability to gather new and better food security information and data.
The Economist is an expert on a range of food security related issues, including monitoring and analytical work. The Economist is expected to work in collaboration with our highly talented team of food security specialists, agronomists, GIS-specialists, and data analysts in managing data capture, analysis, and reporting, as well as coordinating project activities and partnerships. S/he is responsible for generating monthly and occasional reports on food security conditions in countries monitored. The Economist will be supervised at project level by the FEWSNET TSC Technical Manager for Remote Monitoring, and, for other work, by the Head of Kimetrica’s Research Division, based in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Contribute to methodological decisions for remote food security monitoring and economic livelihood analysis;
- Update (and develop, when necessary) data collection tools and data analysis plans for quantitative data (monthly, market, quarterly, and rapid needs assessments), regular monthly and ad hoc qualitative data collection including gap analysis
- Oversee the implementation of the analytical plan by the project’s data management team; in particular, ensure the development of accurate scripts to structure, clean, document and archive data, as well as generate tables and charts from incoming data; and Analysis, Report-writing and Visualizations
- Analyze data by integrating the qualitative data and quantitative information coming from others in this team. Triangulate all information sources (monthly, market, quarterly and ad-hoc assessments, qualitative information);
- Select and ensure accuracy of visualizations (tables, maps, charts) to be used in reports;
- Draft monthly reports based on those analyses and visualizations; respond to internal and external reviewer comments and oversee finalization of reports for submission to client;
- Draft ad hoc analyses and reports related to rapid needs assessments, humanitarian assistance and other topics;
- Draft and maintain project documentation related to i) data processing and data management procedures, ii) background information and area profiles, iii) project handover notes;
- Assist in design and review of reference manuals for i) operational procedures, ii) data collection and training procedures for this project; and
- Provide inputs into website and report visualizations and design. Update website monthly with new findings.
- Maintain overall work plan and coordinate team meetings. Draft meeting notes/brief summary and post to common workspace;
- Collaborate with partners and field staff to stay up-to-date on breaking developments;
- Provide technical support to members of the team responsible for client and local partner relations, including efforts to build consensus with partners on key parameters and development of collaborative frameworks for the joint analysis of food security conditions;
- Represent the project as required at partner and client meetings (as directed by supervisor) and prepare and deliver presentations for partners/ clients on an ad hoc basis; and
- Maintain key project documents including contextual background manual and data cleaning and analysis manual
- Archive all historical project documents.
Supervision and Mentoring
- Provide project-level supervision to Kimetrica staff responsible for data management, qualitative data collection, and quantitative analysis. At present, the analysis team consists of:
- One senior analyst (part-time on this project) — project level guidance
- Two junior analysts (part-time on this project) — project level guidance
- One junior analyst (full time on this project) — direct supervision
- One intern (full time on this project) — reports to the project-level junior analyst.
- Master’s degree in a field related to food security or other relevant areas, such as economics, agricultural economics, development economics or health economics;
- Minimum of three years of professional experience related to food security, agriculture, markets, livelihoods analysis, nutrition, economic development, humanitarian needs assessments, or related programming;
- Strong background in qualitative and quantitative analysis, and survey design;
- Proficiency in R Studio/Python;
- Proven ability to maintain confidentiality;
- Attention to detail and accuracy;
- Minimum of two years of experience working in developing countries strongly preferred;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with field-based, local staff and partners via telephone and e-mail;
- Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills and experience in graphics/ data visualization; and;
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity.
- Member of Nairobi-based Research Division, but may be based remotely; and
- Willing to engage in extensive travel in East Africa.
- Competitive salary package;
- Health benefits, retirement options;
- Generous vacation, (4+ weeks a year), holiday and sick leave; and