Data Intern

Rising Academies

Rising Academies

Data Science
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2023


Across the developing world, more children than ever are in school – but they are not learning. A recent study estimated that less than 1% of school children in Sub-Saharan Africa attend a school where the teaching meets basic standards of quality. At Rising Academies, we’re changing that, and we want your help.

About us:

At Rising Academies, our mission is to create the best schools and the most powerful teaching and learning tools for the people that need it most. The goal is to unleash the full potential of every student, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and character to succeed in further study, work, and day-to-day life. We’re one of the fastest-growing quality-focused education companies in Africa, and a Certified B Corp®.

We own and operate our own great value private schools, partner with governments to improve the quality of public school systems, and use our content and technology to help other education providers. Founded in Sierra Leone in 2014, we provided emergency education to children kept out of school by the Ebola Epidemic before opening our first school in April 2015. Today, we serve more than 250,000 students across more than 900 schools in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and now Rwanda.

Through great curriculum, intensive teacher coaching and actionable data, we help teachers and school leaders bring quality to every classroom. And we get results: independent studies show Rising students make more than twice the progress of their peers in comparable schools. We continually evaluate our efforts to identify where we can improve our curriculum and coaching support for teachers and school leaders.

About the role:

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Data Intern to join our dynamic team. Our mission is to create schools that open doors and change lives. As a Data Intern, there is opportunity to gain hands-on experience and contribute to our daily operations. This internship will provide valuable insight into the world of data collection and analysis, and help you develop key skills for a successful career in the field. The ideal candidate will be responsible for supporting with collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data to help Rising and its partner schools make data-driven decisions that lead to sustained improvements in student learning outcomes.

The Data Intern will:

  • Oversee the planning and implementation of baseline, midline and end line student assessments.
  • Supervise/ assist in additional fieldwork/ data collection projects.
  • Work alongside the coordinate internal student exam results entry and attendance.
  • Ensure quality data entry of exam results.
  • Ensure data integrity across all areas of operation (i.e. Bambai attendance records, enrolment records, exam results and weekly reporting formats).
  • Assist the different Associate to prepare and review bank reconciliation and receipts.
  • Develop and deliver training and support materials to build data literacy across the organization.
  • Collaborate with other departments to support implementation of the organizational data strategy.

Location and Reporting:

This is an Internship position. The role will be based in our operating office in Sierra Leone.

Application Deadline: 10th November, 2023.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as statistics, data science, or education
  • At least 1 year experience in data analysis and management, preferably in an educational setting
  • Basic knowledge in statistical analysis software such as SPSS, Stata, or R is a plus.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present complex data in a clear and concise manner
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to achieve common goals

About You:

  • Passionate about Rising’s mission.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
  • You demonstrate people skills; must be able to collaborate effectively with diverse personalities and skill sets, and enjoy constructive conflict.
  • You have a strong track record of professionalism, trustworthiness and working independently sometimes.
  • You possess strong analytical and reasoning skills with ability to adapt to changes in a fast-paced environment.
  • You are proactive, self-driven and can take initiative and problem-solve.
  • You are comfortable working with senior leadership, reporting on data and outcomes.
  • You are willing to take risks, fail, learn, give and receive feedback, and try new approaches.
  • You are passionate about improving the quality of education across Africa.

Compensation and Benefits:

We offer a competitive benefits package. We regularly benchmark our compensation against comparable businesses, social ventures and non-profits.

Rising’s goal is to be transparent about salaries at all levels of the organisation and have a standard, global pay scale for all positions that is non-negotiable.

The benefits we offer are built to have a strong added value on our staff’s well-being and we are excited to discuss this further with you in the process.

Rising is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, national origin, family or parental status, veteran or disability status.

Rising is committed to creating a culture within the organisation, and its schools, that recognizes the importance of safeguarding children and prioritizing their rights and needs. We strive to uphold international safeguarding standards, and keep the safety and well-being of our students at the heart of what we do. All Rising employees are expected to abide by the Child Protection Policy, and to have the same level of commitment to protect children from harm. Safeguarding questions are part of every interview process and all Rising employees undergo reference checks before joining the organisation.