Data Associate Job in Kenya

Location: Nairobi, KenyaDepartment: Data

Type: Full TimeMin.
Mid Level

Data Associate – CrossBoundary
Data Analytics

About the Firm

Founded in 2011, CrossBoundary is a mission-driven investment firm
committed to unlocking the power of capital to make a substantial return while
creating a lasting difference in frontier markets. We take a
transaction-centered approach to frontier markets. CrossBoundary provides
investment advisory services, having developed a specialized expertise in
unleashing investment across all sectors in fragile and frontier markets.

advisory clients include governments, development finance institutions, private
equity firms, Fortune 100 companies, and research institutions. Learn more at

Investment and management decision-making in emerging markets are
made challenging by the sparsity and fragmented nature of high-quality data. In
response to this, CrossBoundary Data Analytics was established in 2020 to
provide a suite of data analysis services to internal teams and external
clients, leveraging innovative techniques and diverse datasets to plug
information gaps. CrossBoundary Data Analytics enables data-driven due
diligence processes, grounds market-sizing approaches in facts not assumptions,
and helps companies draw insights from their data to thrive. CrossBoundary Data
Analytics provides a unique offering through its combination of (i) in-market
experience and on-ground presence, (ii) proprietary market and deal data, and
(iii) high caliber team members with commercial / private-sector oriented data

Job Description

CrossBoundary is recruiting a full-time Data Associate. We are
seeking candidates with experience working in data consultancy, with a
background in the investment sector preferred.

CrossBoundary is not a development firm and is not seeking typical
development skills. CrossBoundary Data Analytics combines domain expertise with
advanced analytical methods and techniques to facilitate investment in frontier
markets. As a Data Associate, you will be tasked with using data science to
inform CrossBoundary’s work providing transaction support to both investors and
capital seekers. Associate candidates should have 3+ years of experience
working in high caliber data consulting organizations and ideally experience
working in developing countries.

Who We Are

CrossBoundary operates in frontier markets that also hold immense
investment opportunities. The CrossBoundary team is a unique group made up of
people who are genuinely excited by the opportunity to make a difference in
some of the most challenging yet exciting markets in the world. Team members
come from diverse backgrounds, but share several qualities: curiosity,
humility, integrity, a drive for excellence, and a bias for action.

Who You Are

  • Self-starter who is passionate
    about creating lasting change in frontier markets

  • Enthusiasm for growing a
    nascent business line within an established company

  • Willingness to take on new
    types of work, even without prior experience or direct supervision

  • Willingness to work and live in
    a sometimes-challenging environment

  • Comfort with ambiguity; ability
    to operate effectively in a changing context


  • Use data science approaches to
    advance CrossBoundary’s mission of facilitating investment in frontier
    markets, working with large, complex data sets to support Advisory
    projects as well as other CrossBoundary teams internally

  • Develop creative new methods to
    use data for business and investment decision-making and strategy

  • Contribute data science
    solutions to proposals for new work, both in collaboration with Advisory
    teams and for stand-alone data science consultancy opportunities


The Ideal candidate will have the following skills and

  • 3+ years of experience in top
    tier data consulting, or similar

  • Programming experience in at
    least one of R, Python, SQL

  • Experience in geospatial
    analysis, using ArcGIS or similar

  • Experience applying data
    science methods to business problems, making use of predictive analytics,
    machine learning, and other areas of analysis

  • Experience in applying advanced
    analytical and statistical methods in the commercial work

  • Excellent analytical ability
    and discipline; ability to think clearly, structure problems logically,
    and then design and implement solutions that focus on the core issues

  • Excellent presentation and
    communication skills; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with
    diverse audiences unfamiliar with data science

  • Strong project management

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Experience working in
    developing countries; experience in Africa is particularly relevant

  • MSc, MBA, or other advanced
    degrees will be regarded favorably


Nairobi, Kenya (preferred); other global CrossBoundary offices
will be considered

Equal Opportunity

CrossBoundary is an equal opportunity employer

How To Apply

Apply for the Data Associate Job here
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