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Global Data Science Associate job at UpEnergy

About the Organization

Whether it’s protecting the local environment, delivering health benefits, or providing financial savings and employment opportunities, our projects sustainably benefit and enable people to live better lives within climate resilient communities.

Livelihoods - Over 90% of the UpEnergy Team is based on the ground within project countries. From local manufacturing and distribution to customer support and monitoring teams, we actively create a range of long-term employment opportunities with every new project.

Health - We seek to deliver meaningful health benefits, improving quality of life for end-users from reducing indoor air pollution using electric pressure cookers to removing the risks of contaminated drinking water from households and schools with water filters.

Financial - Our projects reduce fuel needs, lessening the financial burden on families and provide savings that can be repurposed towards other meaningful needs e.g education and health.

Gender - Providing women access to modern energy, such as cleaner cooking can reduce exposure to household air pollution; cut down cooking time and save time to engage in productive economic and educational opportunities.

Job Description

UpEnergy delivers high-impact, emission-reducing projects that accelerate decarbonization and create long term benefits in local communities. We do so by making life-improving clean technologies available to local communities and environments across Africa. Whether it’s protecting the local environment, delivering health benefits, or reducing poverty through financial savings and employment, our projects sustainably benefit and enable people to live better lives within climate resilient communities.
To date, UpEnergy has delivered over 95 emission reduction projects, impacted over 4 million lives, and reduced over 4 million tons of CO2 Emissions across 7 countries. UpEnergy prides itself on deep local knowledge and established teams on the ground to ensure the highest impact and results. The UpEnergy team continues to grow, across multiple countries and continents, and seeks diligent, entrepreneurial, fun, and motivated talent who are excited to join us in delivering even more impact. Learn more here:
About the role:
UpEnergy seeks a Data Science Associate familiar with Customer & Market Research, behavioural science and impact evaluation within the retail industry. The main objective for the role is to enhance our ability to design and execute tests of products, distribution methods, communications and any other initiatives within the Go-to-market activities to improve interactions and outcomes for the users of our products that will impact the overall performance of the business metrics.
UpEnergy runs both large scale distribution, tests and pilots across 7 African markets and will expand to new markets and products in the coming years. For UpEnergy to generate the maximum possible impact, we constantly seek new methods to increase the adoption and usage of our products as well as testing methods that will help us to distribute cost efficiently on each market.
Occasionally, The Data Science Fellow or Data Science Associate will also partner with researchers to facilitate the implementation of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) on UpEnergy interventions, entrepreneurial and proactive attitude is key to always maintain a culture of improvement.
As a Data Science Associate, you will have the exciting opportunity to design and execute tests and trials to continuously improve the efficacy of interventions and products we deploy in households and schools across Africa and soon on other continents. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of continuous testing and optimization methodologies including A-B testing frameworks to deliver actionably, statistically significant insights. You’ll be using data science to tackle one of the world’s most pressing challenges – alleviating energy poverty and ensuring that a climate transition helps those most affected by climate change.
Why Join Us?
Not your average 9-to-5
UpEnergy encourages teamwork, creativity, and we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty. We stay close to our market, understand our customers, and have a lot of fun while doing our work! If you’re looking for a conventional 9-to-5, you’d be missing out on our adventures!
Opportunity to do things in a new way
As one of the largest compliance credit issuer in Africa, we need to be constantly improving and rethinking our way of work. This means endless opportunities for a self-starter to initiate new ways of doing things or experimenting ways to help us improve.
Personal and Career Growth
Wouldn’t it be a pity to spend so much time working but not growing and learning? At UpEnergy we value both personal and professional growth, and we want to grow as a team. From classroom training to coffee chats to performance review, we want to support every team member to grow into the best version they can.
Create Lasting Impact
Our clean energy products bring positive impact to both our planet earth and for the low-income communities we work in. We don’t just focus on sales – we follow up and truly understand our customers to make sure that they continue to benefit from our products. Your work will create much longer-lasting impact than what you can see!

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Duties and Responsibilities

Research and Documentation

  • Lead the research efforts to improve the understanding of end users of Upenergy’s products across different markets.

  • Conduct literature reviews and staying up to date with relevant research advancements in the clean cooking, safe water, and other relevant focal areas.

  • Documenting experimentation methodologies, procedures, and findings for internal and external stakeholders.

  • Develop an internal strategy for rigorous, powered, and publishable RCTs including serving as principal investigation.

  • Analyzing and interpreting RCT data to drive the global conversation on clean cooking and provide actionable insights and recommendations.

  • Publish and communicate the results of evaluations and RCTs

Pilots, Intervention testing and methodologies.

  • Work with implementation teams to design testing, sampling, data collection, and protocols that balance experiment quality, feasibility and economic viability of implementation at scale.

  • Design and develop continuous testing and optimization methodologies including A-B testing frameworks to drive the continuous testing of hypotheses and evaluation of interventions and treatments.

  • Collaborate with product and in-country teams to identify suitable research questions and objectives for implementing interventional tests and pilots.

  • Build and support a culture of smart experimentation with UpEnergy and partner organizations such as Community Carbon

  • Develop and implement statistical analyses for evaluation and inference in experiments.

  • Collect, clean, and process datasets for experiments using appropriate software tools.

  • Collaborate with the country field teams to ensure high-quality implementation of experiment protocols and procedures and to rapidly respond to inevitable issues and errors

  • Support the design and development of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with leading global academic micro-economists

  • Support the design and development of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to test hypotheses and evaluate interventions or treatments

  • Conducting data audits and quality assurance checks on collected data.

  • Structure the learnings on end-users and testing (any type) in a manner that can help the business to make informed decisions that affect country-related business metrics.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • Degree in Data Science, Statistics, Economics, Data-Driven Marketing, or similar

  • Experience in developing rigorous RCTs and with statistical software packages (Open Data Kit and/or Salesforce preferred)

  • Preferably with experience working in retail companies (FMCGs, general merchandise, appliances, etc)

  • Ability to communicate effectively with field teams in Sub-Saharan Africa to design and implement trials

  • Strong desire to work on climate justice and climate solutions in low-income contexts

  • Living in Africa

  • Fluent English

How to Apply

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