5 Apr 2018

Contract Data Fellow

Data Zetu – Posted by TAYOADar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Job Description

Position: Data Fellow
Project: Data Zetu
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (with in-country travel likely)
Reports to: Capacity Director Jumanne Mtambalike
Date updated: 4 April 2018
What is the role?
The Data Zetu program seeks a Data Fellow to foster a culture of data-driven decision-making within
local organizations in Tanzania.
The Data Fellow is a part-time position for a data technician with experience driving institutional change
regarding perceptions, sharing, and use of data within organizations. Ideal candidates are skilled in
building capacity among individuals in Tanzania to manage, share, use, and clean data. This is a unique
opportunity for a driven individual to join a flexible, exciting, and dynamic team to solve specific,
tangible problems shared by Data Zetu stakeholders.
The project intends to hire more than one Data Fellow, to include at least one Fellow with expertise in
data-driven journalism and media production. Candidates with experience in applying data skills and
tools for media or journalism are therefore encouraged to apply.
This is a part-time consultancy role. The position will begin in or around May 2018 with an end date of
December 31 2018. The minimum level of effort will equate to roughly three days a week.
What is the project?
The Data Zetu ( www.datazetu.or.tz ) program aims to foster the use of data to improve decision-making
among various stakeholders including local government, NGOs and CSOs, media organizations, and
others. Data Zetu achieves this outcome through building skills in engaging with data, as well as through
digital and offline tools, including civic technologies like citizen feedback tools. It operates in priority
sectors including health, gender, and economic growth, within three priority districts in Tanzania ( Kyela,
Mbeya City, and Temeke). The program began in January 2017 and is expected to conclude in January
Data Zetu is part of the Data Collaboratives for Local Impact ( DCLI ) program, funded by the President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Its sister
initiatives include the Data for Local Impact ( DLI ) Innovation Challenge and Data Lab . The Tanzania
Data Lab as an entity has already been established to sustained operations after DCLI concludes. The
candidate might have an opportunity to continue working with the Tanzania Data Lab after the conclusion
of the Data Zetu project, if and when they arise.
Who is Sahara Sparks?
Sahara Sparks is part of Sahara Ventures, a group of companies focusing on building innovation
ecosystems and managing for impact projects. Sahara Sparks is an implementing partner of Data Zetu.
How will I know if I am a good fit?
This position is a strong fit for anyone who is:
● Passionate about the role that data- and evidence- based decision making plays in improving
development outcomes in Tanzania;
● Experienced in training individuals and groups on concrete data skills, including accessing,
sharing, producing, cleaning, and visualizing datasets;
● Driven by opportunities to power meaningful, lasting change within organizations towards a more
data-centric approach to decision-making;
● Eager to contribute to sustainable development through better use of data in Tanzania.
What will this person do?
The Data Fellow will conduct a variety of critical and support activities to support Data Zetu’s efforts to
build a culture of using data among its stakeholders. These include:
● Conduct workshops, one-on-one sessions, office hours, and other mechanisms to train
stakeholders on data-related skills, including in-country travel between Dar es Salaam and Mbeya
Region to reach organizations where they are;
● Coordinate with the Tanzania dLab to rehearse, produce, and align curriculum with dLab data
● Attend regular (monthly) meetings with dLab Lead Trainer Mahadia Tunga to ensure continued
coordination with and awareness of dLab training efforts;
● Maintain familiarity with existing data resources and tools, such as the Tanzania Open Data
Portal, openAFRICA’s data portal, Hurumap, and the dLab open data portal, to integrate them
into data trainings;
● Conduct research and feasibility assessments on potential data sources and data sets, including
“wrangling” them through engagement with key stakeholders who might possess that data;
● Advise Data Zetu implementing partners on ways to integrate data-related tools from various
Data Zetu initiatives into their programming;
● Build long-term relationships with key community organizations in Data Zetu target wards,
including with non-specialists;
● Work with Technical Advisors to develop a deep understanding of relevant national and
subnational databases, data initiatives, policies, etc.;
● Suggest potential local organizations to engage in order to identify data-related pain points or
challenges that could be addressed by better use of data;
● Contribute to communications efforts of the Data Zetu team, including to record and amplify
● Coordinate directly with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist to ensure
that target indicators are reported and achieved.
What Data Zetu will do:
Data Zetu has been in implementation for almost 12 months. This means that the program team has
already established strong relationships with local stakeholders who have specific, tangible, actionable
problem statements that can be addressed through data
The team will therefore:
● Rapidly onboard the successful candidate;
● Introduce the successful candidate to stakeholders who are currently being engaged to secure and
clean data for use by the DZ team and/or community;
● Fully support the successful candidate throughout implementation, including coordinating with
other Data Zetu partners to ensure cohesive integration across the program;
Skills and qualifications
The list below is a suggested list of skills and qualifications; however, we recognize that conventional
metrics and achievements are not necessarily commensurate with the type of dynamic role that this
position requires. All candidates are welcome to apply even without strict adherence to this list –
particularly candidates with data journalism backgrounds.
Candidates from Mbeya Municipal Council, Kyela District Council, and Temeke Municipal Council are
highly encouraged to apply.
● Minimum 2 years’ experience working with data and open data in Tanzania’s ecosystem;
● Technical proficiency with data wrangling, cleaning, and visualizing, ranging from spreadsheet
tools to data visualization tools;
● Deep understanding of open data tools, platforms, and techniques to support the use of statistical
and geospatial data;
● Proven experience with fostering positive experiences with data among various stakeholders
including government, civil society organizations, academia, innovation community, and others;
● Experience training individuals on proper data management techniques, standards, licenses, etc.;
● Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in English required, as is
fluency in speaking, reading, writing, and working in Swahili;
● Familiarity with Tanzania’s data ecosystem, stakeholders, and priorities as they relate to data (e.g.
SDGs, Five Year National Action Plan);
● Experience in exposing journalists and media organizations to data tools and skills are optional
but highly valued.
How to apply by 11:59pm EAT, 20th April 2018.
Individuals are requested to submit a CV and cover letter to jobs@datazetu.or.tz with Subject line:
“ Data Fellow Application ”. Candidates who submit other material will not be considered.
Only successful candidates for interviews will be contacted. The hiring organization reserves the right to
make hiring decisions on its discretion.

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