Lean Data Senior Associate: Agriculture

Nairobi or New York
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Acumen is looking for an action-oriented self-starter with 4-5 years’ experience who has strong project and stakeholder management abilities and a passion for using data to tackle global poverty.  In this role, you will deliver Lean Data services in the Agriculture sector for Acumen investees and external clients, and execute on a key grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About Acumen

Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $113 million in 108 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.

About Lean Data
In addition to investing in companies, Acumen also works on initiatives that create wider change in the social sector. One of our leading initiatives is the development, execution and promotion of our cutting-edge social performance and customer insights data service called Lean Data. We built Lean Data to help companies more effectively listen to customers and to incorporate impact measurement and customer-centricity into business as usual. Using low-cost technology and methods, Lean Data gathers high-quality data quickly and efficiently, directly from end-customers. To date, Acumen has spread Lean Data across the whole of its own portfolio and since 2016, we began implementing Lean Data for external clients such as Omidyar Network, DFID/CDC, Injaro, SEDF, The Gates Foundation and others.

About the Role
The Lean Data Senior Associate will support our Manager of Lean Data in managing activities related to a multimillion dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) , and through this work and beyond in furthering our understanding of the impact of agricultural businesses across geographies. The role will afford opportunities for project and stakeholder management, development and execution of a first of its kind approach to performance measurement for agri-businesses, front line data collection and interaction with some of the world’s most exciting and impactful social enterprises, funds and foundations working across the developing world.

Specifically, the Lean Data Senior Associate will:

Manage activities under the grant from BMGF to Lean Data:
+       Develop a plan and work with stakeholders within and outside BMGF and Acumen to ensure timely execution of the grant activities including Lean Data projects within BMGF, impact evaluation and technical assistance support to the World Poultry Foundation grantees.
+       Manage communication with all stakeholders involved with the grant at regular intervals and meet reporting requirements (financial and otherwise) related to the grant, including monthly, quarterly and annual updates to the Gates Foundation and its grantees.
+       Coordinate with regional Lean Data teams to develop a clear process to oversee training, quality data collection, and analysis and insights generation for all BMGF Lean Data projects. For each project, present the insights in a compelling way that helps the BMGF grantee understand their impact and make decisions based on the data.
+       Synthesize the insights from all projects at BMGF into meaningful cluster-level insights to help the foundation teams see performance trends and identify ways in which they can improve.

Support growth and development of Lean Data insights in Agriculture & beyond:
+       Learning and Communication: Develop ideas to collect and synthesize informative and actionable insights in Agriculture. Work with the local and global communications teams at Acumen and our partners to share these insights and raise the visibility of Lean Data.
+       Experiment & Innovate: Help the Lean Data team to constantly innovate our methods and approaches, for example testing new data collection methods to reach farmers in remote areas in effective ways or R&D projects and experiments to increase the effectiveness of Lean Data in leading to business outcomes such as increased sales, customer satisfaction, and impact.
+       Lean Data for Agriculture: Support the execution of Lean Data projects within Acumen’s Agriculture portfolio and with other external clients.
+       Partnership Development: Support business development for Lean Data in Agriculture with impact investing funds and foundations looking to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of their investees or projects.

About You
You are hardworking, entrepreneurial, and excited to join a global team that is developing a bold new approach to data collection and impact measurement. You quickly get your head around new business models and cut through complexity to isolate key business drivers and the levers for creating social impact. You have a good knowledge of the theory and application of research techniques and a hunger for creation of original knowledge. You are a relationship-builder and a good listener, and have the operational experience to consistently be a resource to our investment professionals and to our companies. You are also a go-getter with excellent instincts for opportunities to bring in new clients. Above all else you’ll love getting into the weeds of data in order to generate new ideas and insights for the social sector!

More specifically, you bring:
+       At least 4 years’ professional experience in a data-oriented position in a management consultancy, development consultancy, enterprise or equivalent
+       Bachelor\’s degree is required; masters is preferred
+       Experience with client and project management, especially in multi-stakeholder multi-cultural settings
+       Proficiency with Excel is required; proficiency with PowerPoint is a plus
+       Professional fluency in Spanish is a plus
+       Demonstrated interest in and commitment to tackling poverty, farmer welfare and/or social enterprise

Acumen offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, including full benefits.

Nairobi or New York – with flexibility to travel within Africa.
(Subject to Permanent Work Authorization for each location)

Additional Information

Please follow this link to apply: http://bit.ly/2u4NOXd

Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2018.