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Data Science Specialist (Hybrid)

IT – Analyst, Data Management
Johannesburg – Gauteng

A national coalition of NGOs and partners seeks a Data Science Specialist to drive success by enabling informed decision-making through effective communication of prioritized data-driven analyses. This includes generating insights such as child-by-venue-modality figures, disaggregated by socio-economic factors. The role requires leading complex data projects collaboratively, leveraging expertise in quantitative analytics, statistical analyses, modeling, machine learning algorithms, and data visualization. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree or higher in data science, statistics, computer science, or related fields, with at least 5 years of experience in a data science role, including 2 years in a senior position.
Designing and Managing Data Projects collaboratively in service of strategy and operations
  • Co-conceptualise, prioritise, design, plan and adaptively manage data projects
  • Proactively and collaboratively identifying opportunities and/or improvements involving data
  • Co-developing and pursuing strategies and tactics to acquire, clean, analyse and interpret data (together with other functional teams)
  • Translating and communicating, as well as enabling & participating in conversations about sophisticated data concepts into appropriately accessible language
Conducting & Sustaining High-Quality Data Analyses, Analytics, Modelling, and Algorithms
  • Conducting exploratory data analyses to identify patterns, relationships, and anomalies etc.
  • Developing, validating, and maintaining advanced data models (incl. predictive models) and algorithms
  • Using analyses and models to Find and/or identify and/or generate and/or test assumptions and inferences
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Yield insights and enable learning
  • Using machine learning for predictive modeling, classification, and clustering
Performing & Developing Professionally
  • Delivering consistently high quality and proactive service .
  • Delivering an affordable and sustainable set of solutions and/or projects on time Estimating work accurately.
  • Ensuring code and delivery meet quality assurance standards for accuracy and performance.
  • Staying up to date with industry and/or other relevant practices, developments, and trends .
  • Identifying and completing relevant, valuable training and/or certifications as agreed.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Min. master’s degree or higher qualification in data science, statistics, computer science, or a related field
  • Min. 5 years’ experience in a data science role, incl. min. 2 years in a senior position
  • Track record of successfully managing and delivering data-driven projects
  • Advantageous: fluency in an African language
Technical Knowledge & Understanding and/or Skills & Abilities
  • Excellence in quantitative analytics, statistical analyses, modelling (incl. forecasting & predictive analytics), multivariate testing & analyses, and optimisation algorithms Strong experience building models collaboratively
  • Excellence in relevant programming languages, frameworks, and tools: e.g., Python, R, SQL
  • Experience using machine learning (frameworks and libraries) to create AI features
  • Using data visualisation tools (e.g., Tableau, PowerBI)
General Knowledge & Understanding
  • Clear curiosity and track record of learning, including openness to & appetite for feedback
  • Sophisticated critical thinking, especially about data-related questions
  • Ability to analyse / decompose complicated problems in developing solutions structure a solution, model the data, and design & build appropriate components scan & synthesize disparate sources of information
  • Commitment to international social justice and education equity
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Excellent professional communication skills, incl. communicating (incl. presenting) findings & insights, incl. experience
  • Good interpersonal skills, incl. teamwork & collaboration
  • Strong organisational and time management skills Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and adhere to tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail and quality of work
  • Strong drive to succeed  

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