Data & Product Strategist Job in Kenya

Data & Product Strategist

You will report to the Director of WRI Africa Cities and work with the global manager of Cities Data and Tools and the Global Network Lead for WRI’s Data Lab.


Guide Strategic Direction of Data Products and Programs (40%):

Develop a cohesive strategy for urban data and associated tooling in partnership with managers and technical teams

Contribute to the design of new data applications and products, ensuring they stay true to a cohesive overall strategic direction and are responsive to user needs

Manage small, matrixed teams of analysts, coordinators, and specialists, both internal and external resources, to achieve projects with oversight from managers

Stay up to date with developments and changes in the landscape of data for African sustainable development, and ensure WRI’s strategy remains aligned. This will involve conducting market research for new tools and programs

Work with senior staff from the Cities and Data teams on the strategic development and management of urban data work in Africa

Support fundraising, including encouraging new project opportunities and prospective donors and preparing proposals

Partner with internal staff to coordinate fundraising opportunities within the Africa Cities team related to urban data

Project and Product management (30%):

Initiate new projects, creating initial work plans, budgets, and organizational structures designed to align the project to goals and main success criteria

Guide the delivery of large-scale products through the whole product lifecycle through best practices in technical delivery.

Maintain clear and comprehensive project documentation

Communicate work to non-technical, senior audiences internally and externally to ensure clarity and understanding

Work with Monitoring and Evaluation teams to define methods and metrics for measuring product success. This can include product analytics and Indicators

Oversee vendor procurement and relationship management, including contracts, creating work plans, and managing deadlines and budget

Relationship Management, User Research (20%):

Develop relationships with stakeholders and current and prospective product users

Collaborate with communications colleagues to lead outreach to reach target audiences and initiate opportunities for collaboration and engagement with partners

Work with the Data Lab’s User Research Lead to organize and run events for user research and engagement, such as interviews, training or workshops

Design and manage user research activities, with User Research Lead, to support the development and testing of products and services

Monitor user engagement throughout the lifecycle of a product or service. Use these findings to inform ongoing development, engagement, continuous improvement, and measurement, evaluation, and learning

Communications (10% of the time):

Communicate to internal and external audiences using clear writing, data visualization, and presentation skills

Guide analysts in developing analyses and data communications materials required to meet project needs

Lead the drafting of blogs, technical notes, and papers

Apply basic knowledge of frontend frameworks for data visualization

Apply basic knowledge of cartographic principles and map design tools and practices


Education: A BA or BS degree in a relevant field 

Experience: Minimum 5 years of full-time work experienceImplement user research best practices.

Experience Lead technology product development, working with external vendors

Coordinate partnerships of partners, donors, and governments

Facilitate vendor procurement processes

Experience with project management practices.

Past work in an urban policy or planning context or with urban data.

Languages: You have verbal and written proficiency in English  and additional fluency in more or more languages spoken in WRI Africa focus countries

Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization

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