Data analytics lead

About Ona

The world’s leading humanitarian, development and global health organizations rely on Ona to improve their impact and accountability. We build technology that affords new opportunities for governments and development organizations and actors to be increasingly collaborative, data-driven, and accountable to the people they serve. We also make tools that provide opportunities for organizations to make better use of their data to help address some of the world’s greatest challenges, including: maternal and child health, education, community resilience, agriculture, environmental sustainability, access to infrastructure and government accountability.

Ona works with its partners to develop data solutions based on technologies Ona develops. These include Ona Data ( - a mobile data collection and visualization platform, Canopy - our new enterprise analytics solution and OpenSRP ( a mobile health platform Ona is developing with the World Health Organization.


We are looking for a data analytics lead to help build out our enterprise anaytics tools and support our clients in making data driven decisions. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the design, implementation and development of data analytic solutions for our clients across Ona's data solution and global health projects. He/She mush have a strong understanding of data analytics and visualisation techniques with the ability to deliver engaging, informative data stories using a varitey of techniques and tools. He/She should be capable of working under minimal supervision.

Lastly, the ideal candidate should be able to combine a strong understanding of how technology can best be used to address problems with deep understanding of global development issues in the humanitarian or health sectors.  We are looking for people who are passionate about the potential of technology to drive positive change.  We work globally on some of the world’s hardest problems partnering with organizations like the WHO, UNICEF and DFID.

This role will report to the Director of Client Solutions

Key responsibilities

  • Create dashboards, automated reports, report templates and presentations by analyzing client data using Ona’s suite of data visualization and analysis tools.
  • Influence client decisions through state of the art analytics and helping our clients to identify understandable, actionable, data-driven insights and quickly identify key themes from their data.
  • Work with other data solutions team members to understand, clarify and document client data analysis and reporting needs. Provide guidance and insight on data visualization options for dashboard design.
  • Work with the support and M&E teams to enhance data collection structures and procedures to include information that is relevant for building analytic systems.
  • Apply data mining techniques, do statistical analysis, and build high quality prediction systems integrated with our product (Canopy). Doing ad-hoc analysis and presenting results in a clear manner.
  • Recommend data architecture and engineering structures necessary to support reports and dashboards
  • Works autonomously and with little direction to complete assignments, coordinating business processes, programs and projects based on the outlined strategies and defined directives.
  • Aggregates large data sets in R, Excel and other analytical tools for analysis. Develops data strategies specifically around data structures, identifying critical information, as well as the tools used to retrieve and analyze the data. Performs research and analysis on large data sets - data exploration, trending, modeling, etc.
  • With minimal supervision, take the lead role in tasks/projects assigned to you, ensuring task/project timelines are met, and ensuring clients kept informed while doing necessary follow-up.
  • Assist in the definition of project scope, objectives and functional requirements, including writing project proposals and budgets, while involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility.
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget at the highest attainable quality standards.
  • Have the technical understanding to translate program requirements into technical requirements, communicate and work closely with our engineers.
  • Write software specifications, manage project execution, review UI/UX wireframes and mockups, and define product roll-out strategy, including writing product development timelines.
  • Work with engineering, design and marketing team members to plan, build, launch, assess impact, and write about high quality products that solve pressing global and humanitarian data issues.
  • Communicate project progress in a timely manner to Ona’s senior management team and project stakeholders.
  • Attend stakeholder meetings, workshops, and conferences and present Ona’s products and work to diverse audiences (health, technical, etc).
  • Analyse user feedback and ensure the application continuously improves and optimizes client satisfaction.


  • Able to prioritize dozens of high value tasks simultaneously, in an environment where priorities are constantly changing. Able to stay organized in this environment.
  • Self-starter and motivated to move ahead without direct instruction on each step of a project.
  • Motivated to complete projects in a fast-paced environment, and will get things done quickly and efficiently, regardless of the obstacles.
  • Able to take big, sometimes nebulous tasks and break them down into the right sequence.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with and lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Excellent attention to detail and orientation toward meticulous work
  • Ability to communicate accurately, clearly, and effectively in written and spoken English.

Key requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. Computer Science, Data Science, Business Intelligence,  IT, Economics, Social Science or Engineering, etc.
  • At least 6 years work experience in data analysis, data mining, BI and Analytics development or other related analytical projects with recent proven experience developing data visualizations, dashboards, and reporting in Superset.
  • Familiarity with or experience using widely-adopted data analytics and business intelligence platforms a plus (e.g. Superset, Tableau PowerBI).
  • Experience working with large datasets (on relational as well as non-relational data stores) and excellent understanding of metadata
  • Possess sharp analytical skills and problem-solving abilities especially with data forecasting, cleansing and transformations
  • Strong proficiency in query/reporting tools, SQL, Advanced Excel, Superset (or similar visualization tool), R/Python or other statistical tools.
  • Comfortable working with modern data technologies. Familiarity with database modeling and data warehousing principles
  • Ability to work effectively with data science and engineering colleagues to meet the data needs of the clients, translating needs into analytical requirements.
  • Ability to communicate the results of analyses in a clear and effective manner with product and leadership teams to influence the overall strategy of the product
  • Knowledge and experience working with agile methodologies
  • Willing to travel globally (potentially up to 20-30% of time).
  • Knowledge of project management tools a plus (e.g. GitHub projects, Harvest, Trello).


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics, Business Intelligence, MBA, Social Science etc.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Experience preferred.
  • Additional qualifications in public health, health informatics, and international development will be an advantage.
  • Experience in exploratory data analysis and familiarity with advanced quantitative analysis and statistical techniques
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving, and communication and collaboration skills
  • Skilled at translating business requirements into data requirements with a deep understanding of project objectives and available data
  • Comfortable with advanced analytics tools such as Advanced SQL, Pandas, R, and Spark
  • Experience in data preparation tools like Tableau Prep or Alteryx a plus
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills including use of macros/advanced formulas
  • Interest and deep familiarity with ICT4D.
  • Experience working with international companies
  • A team player who enjoys interacting with people of all levels in a multicultural environment
  • Prior experience living or working in a foreign country.
  • Ability to speak other international languages including French a strong plus.
  • Right to live and work in Kenya preferred
ONA Kenya
Nairobi, KE