Data Lead

Big Win Philanthropy partners with visionary African governmental leaders to deliver on initiatives that have the potential to positively and dramatically enhance the life outcomes of their people and the trajectories of their countries. We focus our efforts on the big wins of our partners – not on managing and evaluating our own ‘projects’. We recently adopted a new strategy with a clear accountability target: Over the next five years, we want to have played an integral role in substantially and tangibly improving 23.5 million lives.

We are recruiting a Data Lead (1) to establish and manage an internal monitoring framework that tracks whether we are progressing towards our target – and helps us course correct if we’re not; (2) to provide strategic advice to our governmental partners on their data management and visualization needs, which are key to advancing their human development agendas; and (3) to think critically about how we track results in our leadership development work. The goal of the Data Lead’s work is to set up data systems that help drive our and our partners’ success.

Location: Based in London with travel to sub-Saharan Africa

Hours: Full time

Salary: Based on experience

Main accountabilities

  • Establish monitoring frameworks across Big Win-supported initiatives to track progress towards the organization’s strategic goals.
  • Working with our Programs team, support our partners to establish data platforms that provide strategic information for decision making and that can be sustained by countries or regions.
  • Work with our Programs team to advise our partners on their specific data needs (indicator selection, pipelines, visualization, dashboard management, etc.) and enable rapid deployment of the appropriate tools.
  • Support our Programs team and partners to interrogate and analyze data to enable our partners to course correct their implementation strategies and resource allocation.
  • Research and identify vendors and consultants who can provide technical support where necessary.
  • Build relationships with data and tech leads in like-minded organizations to inform our approach and spread best practices.
  • Contribute to the structure of data-heavy interventions such as baseline studies so that they enable actionable interventions.
  • Think critically about how to collect and use meaningful data in our leadership development programs.
  • Contribute to our trustees report and yearly impact reporting.
  • Provide analytic support to Senior Management and Program Directors as needed.

Candidate profile


  • Graduate degree in relevant field.
  • Extensive experience with integrated monitoring frameworks and the use of data to drive government decision making.
  • Familiarity with relevant subfields, such as labor market information systems; health data systems; or education data systems.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and/or experience working in sub-Saharan Africa.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Excellent data management and analysis skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex data clearly and to use it to drive decision making.
  • Exemplary work ethic with a drive for concrete results in a complex environment.
  • An eye for detail and an understanding of the high standards required by Big Win and its partners.
  • Substantive knowledge in a field related to international development or human capital development appreciated.
  • Fluency in French and/or widely spoken African languages is desirable.

Personal qualities and attitudes

  • Team player with excellent people skills and highly developed presentation skills.
  • Purpose driven and ability to maintain focus on the big picture, even when discussing technical questions.
  • Full alignment with the Big Win ethos of supporting the ambition of policy champions at national level without prescribing external agendas.
  • Passion to use evidence to drive better decision making.
  • Willingness to understand partners’ contexts and political constraints.
  • Discipline to complete projects independently.
  • Ability to collaborate well with external partners.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest and relevant experience, together with a full current CV, to Please include “Data Lead” in the subject line.