Research Lead

Recruiter / Employer: Baraza Media Lab
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Expired

About Baraza Media Lab:

Baraza Media Lab is a new and exciting space for networking, collaborating, and

experimenting among Kenya’s media practitioners — journalists, bloggers, writers, artists,

filmmakers, cartoonists, social media experts, technologists, and other cross-disciplinary

collaborators. The Vision of the Lab is to create a conducive environment for public interest

media to thrive.

Our mission is to build a strong collective voice among Kenyan media practitioners and

storytellers, providing workspaces, carefully curated events, and projects to spark

cross-disciplinary collaborations, and nurturing the kinds of alternative media ventures that

present new opportunities for financial sustainability.

Job Description:

The Research Lead will be responsible for leading and conducting research, producing user-friendly reports and creative outputs, and managing research partnerships related to the Creative Economy sectors and related trends.

The successful candidate will have experience managing applied research projects in a formal context and will need to show evidence of experience in managing at least two research projects outside their academic research.

Objectives for this role:

  • Application of research skills and mine datasets to create impactful analyses and visualizations on Baraza’s key projects
  • Review large amounts of data from multiple sources and curate the relevant facts
  • Perform statistical analysis using R/Stata and Qualitative analysis tools
  • Leverage analytical techniques and technologies to interrogate, visualize and understand data sets
  • Support data and design production to research, scrape, refine, verify and interpret data to serve Creative Economy’s portfolios 
  • Work proactively and think critically to improve data and study design components of projects, tools, and data stories created by the team
  • Project-manage research projects, including creating and managing plans, schedules, budgets, deliverables, and stakeholders’ contributions
  • Manage the process and ensure research findings/reports/presentations are announced and distributed. Seek and manage the development and distribution of new/innovative methods for sharing the finding with internal and external stakeholders
  • Directly contribute to and manage the creation of research reports and presentations including drafting the findings report and presentation and collaborating with stakeholders on design and production 
  • Lead a portfolio of impactful research projects, from design to data collection, analysis, and follow-through
  • Contribute to the development of project reports and other knowledge products including research articles, briefings, and presentations 
  • Provide any other necessary support as needed. 

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Post graduate's degree in Statistics, Economics, or Development Research or related field; continuing postgraduate students with capacity to take on the role will be considered
  • At least 4 years of working experience in a research field or as a data analyst
  • Experience undertaking research in a Creative Economy sector is strongly desirable
  • Knowledge and skills in Qualitative and Quantitative research methods. 
  • Experience in writing proposals, research write-ups
  • Experience in developing research tools for qualitative and quantitative analysis 
  • Experience using statistical languages such as R/Stata
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including proven success in present ideas and concepts effectively and persuasively 
  • Strong analytical skills, numerical confidence, and ability to translate numbers into clear insights and recommendations
  • Knowledge and experience in human-centered design
  • Demonstrated experience in managing research projects
  • Solid project management skills to oversee a portfolio of projects at different stages in the research lifecycle 
  • A critical thinker, who is curious, intuitive, and pays attention to details 
  • Innovative with ideas on approaches to collecting, evaluating, and modeling datasets that will be used as the foundation for the company’s future solutions
  • Strong work ethic and thrives on working across multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge and experience of the Creative Economy is desirable


If this sounds like you, please submit your application no later than 27th September.

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