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Data Analyst – Graduate Intern

Closing Date: 
21 December 2018
Based In: 
Cape Town


The Nal’ibali Trust is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign that seeks to spark and sustain a culture of reading. Since 2012, Nal’ibali has trained adults and partner organisations to run reading clubs for children; produced and distributed bilingual reading materials; and run media campaigns.

As its network has grown – from just over 100 reading clubs in 2012 to more than 4 000 in 2018, and a network of more than 16 000 literacy activists – Nal’ibali’s need to analyse large datasets to support programme management, planning, and evidence-based decision-making has also increased.

The Data Analyst – Graduate Intern will be based in Nal’ibali’s Research & Innovation Team, where they will contribute to Nal’ibali’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Research activities. 

This position is based in Cape Town and starts in February 2019.


Key responsibilities


  • Developing and implementing an organisational data analysis plan, with guidance and support from M&E specialist and head of department.
  • Contributing to development of data collection instruments for research, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Developing sampling frames for quantitative research projects.
  • Analyzing primary and secondary data with descriptive and inferential statistics. Running regressions where appropriate. 
  • Supporting data analysis through data visualization. 
  • Supporting large-scale data cleaning, verification, auditing and quality assurance efforts to improve data quality and use.
  • Sharing findings with various Nal’ibali departments, and supporting use of data to more effectively inform campaign strategy, implementation, and public communication.
  • Contributing to capacity building within the research and innovation team and across different Nal’ibali departments.



  • Masters or honours degree in Economics, Statistics, Sociology, Computer Science, Information Science or other relevant field.
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills, including advanced MS Excel skills. Experience using Stata or R strongly preferred.
  • Qualitative research and data analysis skills desirable; experience using Nvivo or similar software a plus.
  • Experience using Salesforce cloud-based Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system strongly preferred.
  • Practical experience working with real-world datasets, particularly within non-profit organisations or the education sector, is advantageous.
  • Good English report writing skills and presentation skills.
  • Experience with data visualization is a plus, particularly where it relates to mapping data geographically. 


Person spec:


  • Independent and driven self-starter, able to work proactively and independently.
  • Focused, efficient person, able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment, with strong time management skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and meticulous attention to detail. 
  • A team player, with well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • An interest in addressing inequality in SA, or an interest in language/education, is preferred. 


To apply, please forward your CV and a brief motivation to work@nalibali.org by Friday 21 December 2018. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.