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Data Analyst

  • Full Time
  • Remote

Website CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES (CRS)

JOB DESCRIPTION

NOTE: This is a global remote position; CRS will only consider candidates who are based in countries where we have existing offices. CRS does not sponsor visas for telecommuting employees.

 

About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary

The Data Analyst is responsible for the development of appropriate data products for CRS’s program and sector teams, in line with industry best practices. They work as part of cross-functional teams, identifying data sources, supporting the preparation of data, and developing and maintaining relevant data products. They also deploy ML and geospatial algorithms, providing technical assistance and leading capacity strengthening to project and sector teams in interpreting and using the results of the analyses through effective engagement and communication. The role advises on hardware and software requirements for data analytics and contributes to CRS’s strategic priority to advance data-informed decision-making within the agency.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain relationships with program and global sector teams to identify opportunities to leverage advance analytics approaches and strengthen capacity around leveraging data for increased programmatic quality, impact, and reach
  • Develop appropriate data products for CRS’s program and sector teams, following industry best practices and through engagement with sector teams. Support the maintenance of these products, ensuring both data and models are functioning properly, and are cataloged, accessible, and used appropriately.
  • Lead data identification and preparation, by providing technical assistance for the search and identification of new data sources, as well as the ingestion, preparation, and onboarding of data. Maintain relationships with third party data providers as appropriate.
  • Provide technical assistance and lead capacity strengthening to sector/project teams for data analysis, visualisation, cleaning, and interpretation, as well as deriving actionable insights from data analyses.
  • Develop robust technical documentation around CRS’s data products, enabling replication and scaling and ensuring best practices are continuously followed.
  • Contribute to the agency’s knowledge management and learning agenda in data science through helping implement conditions for collective learning that ensure the capturing, documenting, and sharing of key successes, promising practices, and lessons learned, as well as support development of communication products highlighting key findings and data insights.
  • Advise on the hardware and software requirements for impactful and cost-effective data analytics to be implemented through engagement with relevant teams across the agency.

Key Working Relationships: 

Internal:

  • Members of the ICT4D team
  • PIQA staff
  • Programme teams
  • Sector leads
  • Data-aligned staff within GKIM

External: 

  • Vendors of data and data analysis software
  • Peers in other agencies, including through NetHope
  • Staff among data partner organizations
  • Consultants, as relevant

QUALIFICATIONS

Basic Qualifications (BQs)

  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or data science or similar field
  • Minimum five years of experience as a data analyst
  • Experience with linear algebra, probability theory, and statistical inference
  • Demonstrable programming experience with Python or R
  • Familiarity with databases and SQL
  • Experience with machine learning algorithms
  • Experience with geospatial data analyses
  • Experience with creating forecasting algorithms

Required Languages – English; French and/or Spanish is a plus.

Travel– Must be willing and able to travel up to 35%.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with understanding of the complexities associated with work in humanitarian and development contexts
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly in terms of communicating data insights and complex technical approaches to non-technical audiences
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Preferred Qualifications – (If applicable)

  • Master’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or data science
  • Experience working in international development and humanitarian assistance, ideally with an international NGO
  • Experience working in Snowflake, Clarista, and ArcGIS

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff) 

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Personal Accountability – Consistently takes responsibility for one’s own actions.
  • Acts with Integrity – Consistently models values aligned with CRS Guiding Principles and mission. Is considered honest.
  • Builds and Maintains Trust – Shows consistency between words and actions.
  • Collaborates with Others – Works effectively in intercultural and diverse teams.
  • Open to Learn – Seeks out experiences that may change perspective or provide an opportunity to learn new things.

Supervisory Responsibilities: none

If applicable: Work Conditions/Environment Conditions

What we offer

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

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