World Data Lab- Lead Data Scientist (Africa)
Data engineering
Data modelling
ML Application Deployment
Business/Data Analysis
AI infrastructure
Nairobi, Kenya· ~1 month ago


Founded by economic thought leaders and technologists, World Data Lab (WDL) is a data science SaaS enterprise that uses cutting-edge, peer-reviewed methodologies and AI to most credibly model and forecast spending power as well as demographic dynamics.

Our proprietary data models enable organizations, businesses, and the general public to make better decisions - from deciding which labor market policy has the biggest effect to entering a new market based on the next million consumers. In all we do, our ultimate goal is to create as much impact as possible. Our leading products like,,, and our World Data Pro tool have already reached millions of people across the globe, truly democratizing access to data.


Your contribution to World Data Lab:

  • Lead, build, and develop data teams
  • Build and give input on innovative data models tackling the biggest challenges of today’s societies
  • Conceptualize, plan, and lead implementation of new functionalities from the ground up
  • Provide strategic input to WDL’s data & product roadmap
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders on ongoing projects and provide estimations for future collaborations with private entities, national governments, and other international actors
  • Improve existing processes and enable efficient collaboration between internal teams, especially in tech


What we are looking for:

  • Skilled leader with strong analytical and communication skills with an ability to lead top performance data teams and innovative projects;
  • 8-10 years of experience in manipulating data and building statistical models, of which at least 1 year in a leading role;
  • At least a Master’s degree (PhD preferred) related to mathematics, statistics, or a relevant discipline is required;
  • Fluency in English is essential, additional languages are advantageous;
  • Excellent programming experience in R (and Python);
  • Experience in manipulating data and drawing insights from large datasets;
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical concepts and techniques (Bayesian model averaging, random forests, etc.);
  • Passion for clean code and focus on simplicity;
  • Experience working on topics such as ethics, gender, youth engagement, and impact or sustainability;
  • Ability to work and be flexible in a fast-paced scale-up environment;
  • Strong cultural awareness and high sensibility to deal with cultural and geographical diversity;
  • Ability to build strong client relationships and lead engagements;
  • Be open to learning something new each day.

Additional skills:

  • Background in Economics, the Digital Economy or Labor Economics;
  • Expertise with neural networks;
  • Experience with GitHub and RMarkdown.


What’s in it for you:

  • State-of-the-art equipment and tools that help you to perform at your best
  • The opportunity to have an impact in a fast-growing and well-established big data SaaS scale-up
  • Work with leading public and private institutions
  • Flexible working hours with high acceptance of home office
  • Be part of a multicultural team of highly motivated and like-minded individuals
  • Great individual development and growth opportunities Our mission is big: make everyone count!

We offer a competitive base salary and offer considerable overpayment based on previous experience. We strongly believe that people are a critical piece of the equation and essential to achieving long-term success. Our passion-driven team works tirelessly towards making everyone count, together! Above all, we value integrity, honesty, and creative thinking to achieve our goals.

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World Data Lab
Employment Type
More than 5 years
Kenya, Nairobi

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