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Program Analyst Job in Kenya

Dispensers for Safe Water is an initiative of Innovations for Poverty Action

Job Title: Program Analyst 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya with travel domestically & regionally
Reporting To: Director of Programs
Start Date: 15 July 2013
Deadline: 9 June 2013 – Applications considered on a rolling basis 

About Dispensers for Safe Water

Each year, over 1.8 million children under the age of five die from diarrhea, a leading cause of which is unsafe drinking water.

Dispensers for Safe Water (DSW) is an entrepreneurial team tasked with scaling the Chlorine Dispenser System (CDS) – a proven innovation that dramatically expands access to water treatment at an extremely low cost.

DSW is growing rapidly: we currently serve more than 640,000 people in Kenya, and by May 2013 will be serving 100,000 people in Uganda – our two primary countries of operations. 

We have also piloted the CDS through key partnerships in Haiti, Peru, India, Somalia, and Swaziland and we are currently in the process of looking to establish operations in 1-2 new countries.

DSW has global reach - our goal is to serve 5 million people in the next 3 years.

About the Position

The Program Analyst will synthesize, analyze and share data and information across DSW’s country programs, fueling the rigorous approach and data-driven decision making at the core of our work.

This role will be part of a team which supports all of our country programs, and will provide a unique, broad vantage point on DSW’s operations.

The role will require an individual who is excited to make connections across programs while supporting teams advancing DSW’s mission in a variety of contexts.

The ideal Program Analyst will be extremely intellectually curious, service-oriented and able to apply a complex set of data and research toward real-world improvements in our service delivery to millions of people.

Importantly, the perfect-fit candidate is excited to have a real influence on decision-making around program targeting and implementation strategy.

About Innovations for Poverty Action

The DSW initiative began and was incubated within IPA - a rapidly growing, global organization with operations in over 40 countries.

IPA designs innovative, cutting-edge approaches to solving development problems, rigorously evaluates these programs, and works to scale up programs with proven impact.

As the program grows, DSW is transitioning into a newly-established organization, which will provide a platform for the long-term scale and sustainability of CDS operations.

Goals and Responsibilities Monitoring and Evaluation

The Program Analyst will provide M&E support and guidance to all DSW country programs, ensuring we employ world-class M&E systems and data-driven decision-making:
  • Develop program-wide M&E guidelines to ensure consistent and effective data collection across DSW country programs, and migrate these best practices to new countries as the program scales
  • Lead data analysis and desk research on key topics to inform programmatic decision-making
  • Collaborate with country teams and the information systems team to manage DSW’s master database with evaluation and operations data for all chlorine dispensers
  • Support field staff implementing evaluations by assisting with survey design and coding, treatment assignment and randomization, and the design of the interventions themselves as needed
Operations Analytics 

The Program Analyst will coordinate data analysis and reporting for all of DSW’s program offices in Kenya, Uganda and new countries. This area of responsibility includes:
  • Contribute to new country and region expansion decisions by collecting and analyzing key demographic and geospatial data
  • Create and maintain cost and impact models for key program decisions and metrics
  • Design and maintain program dashboards to provide real-time feedback and analysis on operations activities
Data and Knowledge Management
  • Coordinate use of all program data for internal and external purposes
  • Establish new country program data and analytics strategies and gradually transition country-specific data management responsibilities to country staff through training and mentorship
  • Generate visual representations of program data that provide intuitive presentations of detailed program results
  • Create and maintain internal knowledge repository and sharing system to ensure key program information and historical data is readily available to all DSW team members when needed
Communication and Dissemination
  • Communicate evaluation findings to the DSW team at large and assist in the dissemination of these findings to external audiences through the preparation of presentations, articles, and memos
  • Lead specific dissemination projects, such as making presentations and authoring articles for external publications
Qualifications, Experience and Skills
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field with strong economics, statistics or other quantitative training
  • Strong interest in research on water, sanitation, diarrheal disease and public health; prior knowledge of the associated literature a plus
  • A minimum of 1-2 years work experience in a highly analytical and quantitative role
  • Strong familiarity with Stata, SPSS or other advanced statistical analysis software (this will be tested during the recruiting process), Excel, familiarity with database systems, working knowledge of geospatial analysis
  • Mobile phone survey programming experience in Open Data Kit preferred; at minimum, strong motivation to learn and develop new technical skills
  • Significant work experience in entrepreneurial or start-up environments and a developing country context
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills to work effectively with a team that is geographically dispersed
  • Self-directed/self-motivating personality, with proven ability to manage demands from multiple supervisors while adhering to program deadlines and priorities
  • Strong critical and analytical thinking skills
  • Intellectual flexibility and willingness to form and adjust opinions based on evidence

Please specifically illustrate the above desired qualifications in your cover letter by giving examples from your experience. In addition, this position requires a candidate to:
  • Be inspired by DSW’s mission of bringing safe water to millions of people
  • Have a strong commitment to evidence-based practice and policy in the development field
  • Be enthusiastic to develop personally and professionally as part of a growing global team
  • Possess a strong attention to detail and a genuine love of working with data
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit – DSW is a dynamic program, with many opportunities for growth and leadership
To Apply Please follow the application instructions below. 

Any applications or CVs submitted outside this process will not be considered. 

Note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Send a CV and a cover letter to and cc 
  • In the subject line: Copy exactly the following position line: 100921 IPAKenya, Program Analyst
  • In the email body: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name
  • Attachments: Please attach your CV and cover letter. Optionally, include a work sample which highlights your analytical and written communications skills.
Please do not include any text besides the position line(s) in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a decision may be made before the deadline.

IPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer: 

All persons shall have the opportunity to be considered for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, alienage or citizenship status, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 

IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. 

If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the Program Analyst. 

The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. 

Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. 

Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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