A Career with ATA’s Analytics Team
A career with ATA’s Analytics Team is extremely fast-paced and varied, and often quite challenging but also very rewarding. As an important part of the team from your first day, you will have the chance to gain diverse project experience learning to apply top analytical and consulting approaches, and to drive change at a national scale and impact millions of farmers. You will work with extraordinary Ethiopian and international colleagues, learn from top experts from around the country and the world, and interact with senior leaders at a range of government, private and development sector organizations. You will also receive highly competitive compensation, best-in-class training and professional development opportunities, and regular feedback and coaching based on your individual development goals and needs.
At the same time, you will be expected to proactively drive your own work and produce high-quality output, and quickly take on more responsibilities and more challenging assignments. You will therefore need to muster your intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills every day, and be able to articulately communicate complex ideas to your team members, and junior and senior stakeholders. If you perform well, you can progress to increasingly senior roles through our accelerated career path, all the way up to Senior Director of the team. At a minimum, you will develop a unique and highly-demanded set of skills and experience that will serve as a major asset throughout your career.
Roles, Recruitment & Professional Development
Analyst / Senior Analyst
Most team members join Analytics as new graduates, through our two-year Analytics Program. After an intense three weeks of onboarding training, and an initial project experience in which Analysts work within a case team to understand the case and team process, over the next two years new Analysts are staffed to a wide range of case involving different types of analysis, operational activities, and stakeholder engagement. Cases often involve frequent exposure and interaction with senior leadership at ATA and partner organizations even at the Analyst level. Analysts also receive intensive training, and can participate in rotations with other teams at ATA.
Analysts are recruited into our two-year program through extremely competitive university recruiting focused on the top talent in Ethiopia. Each year we recruit both on-campus at select universities as well as through our website. Recent recruits have come from various backgrounds including business, economics, policy analysis, engineering, agriculture, development, management, political science, law, and other fields. This broad mix of backgrounds allows the team to bring diverse perspectives and skillsets to bear when working closely with clients and stakeholders across the agriculture sector.
After approximately two years, high-performing Analysts can progress to the Senior Analyst role, where they take on more substantial and challenging work areas within cases, develop relationships with external stakeholders at a more senior level, and in some instances start overseeing the work of junior team members. Analysts and Senior Analysts that are able to show consistent strong performance across cases are encouraged to take off one or two years to undertake graduate study with financial support from ATA, before returning to the organization. Some of the universities where staff have gone to pursue graduate studies include Columbia University (US), University of California at Berkeley (US), Princeton University (US), Tufts University (US), Bradford University (UK) and Vanderbilt University (US).
Successful Senior Analysts progress to the Case Team Leader role. ATA is also supportive of Senior Analysts who may decide to leave the organization and pursue opportunities in other organizations and sectors to continue to driving impact. In the past, Senior Analysts have moved on to roles in Ethiopia and internationally at organizations like General Electric, Unilever, Diageo, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the African Governance Initiative supporting the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office.
Case Team Leader
Client engagements are led and managed by Case Team Leaders, with support from more senior members of the team. Case Team Leaders are accountable for all aspects of case delivery, including everything from understanding the client’s issues and determining what kind of support the Analytics team is best placed to offer, identifying the level and type of staff required, structuring the case and individual work streams, managing client relationships and the team’s activities on a day-to-day basis, coaching and providing feedback to team members to ensure high-quality output as well as rapid staff development, and effectively escalating any major issues to senior management, to delivering the final output to client and following up with them to support implementation of recommendations. The Case Team Leader role therefore provides an excellent opportunity for high-performing staff to quickly take on a client, project and people management responsibilities. To support them in this role, Case Team Leaders also receive regular training as well as coaching and feedback from the team leadership.
In addition to internal promotions and local recruiting of Case Team Leaders, the Analytics team also hires a limited number of international Case Team Leaders. These staff join ATA with several years of international work experience in strategy consulting, comparable to the experience local staff gain as Analysts and Senior Analysts. Like local Case Team Leaders, they also lead and manage client engagements, and support Analysts and Senior Analysts to develop their skills and take on increasing seniority and responsibilities on a highly accelerated timeline. This is therefore a very unique opportunity for young, high-performing international staff to step up and lead challenging cases in a developing country government environment.
International Case Team Leaders who have worked in Analytics in the past have either returned to their previous firms to move into the engagement manager role, started entrepreneurial ventures, joined other organizations in the private or development sectors, or attended MBA, public policy, law and PHD programs at Harvard University (US), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US), Yale University (US), Stanford University (US), University of Chicago (US), University of Pennsylvania (US), Oxford University (UK), Cambridge University (UK), INSEAD (France / Singapore), and other schools.
Principals play a critical role in the Analytics team, overseeing three to five client cases at a time. They work closely with Case Team Leaders who are leading and managing these engagements, providing thought partnership, guidance and support on client, project and team management, as well as analytical approaches, content development and quality control of outputs. They also manage more senior client and stakeholder relationships, and occasionally may lead high-priority projects themselves, working directly with Analysts and Senior Analysts to deliver for clients.
In addition, Principals support the Senior Director of Analytics to drive the growth and development of the team, through taking on strategic initiatives, leading recruiting, professional development and training activities, and inputting on project prioritization, staffing and other key decisions. Strong experience leading and delivering high-impact, analytically challenging projects for senior clients either at ATA or at global strategy consulting firms is therefore an important prerequisite for candidates applying. Similar to the Case Team Leader position, we recruit qualified international candidates for Principal roles.
What We Are Looking For
Across all the roles described above, we are looking for individuals who are highly motivated, energetic, committed and passionate about making a difference in the lives of Ethiopian smallholder farmers, their families and communities, and the broader country. Candidates should also have excellent critical thinking and analytical skills, a strong record of performance and achievement in their previous endeavors and organizations, and a clear desire and humility to continue to learn and rapidly develop.
To succeed in our high-performance and team-oriented culture, candidates should also have a strongly collaborative mindset, a team player attitude, and an interest and experience in working in a highly multicultural environment. We frequently hold team events to support team members to get to know each other outside the office and develop real camaraderie and team spirit that also helps them to be more effective in client work.
Finally, we expect candidates to perform up to expectations once in the organization, and in the case of Ethiopian applicants, to stay with ATA for at least two years and ideally much longer. In exceptional cases we will consider applicants who would like to join for a shorter period than outlined.
We are currently recruiting for the following positions. Please see the position summary, duties, and qualifications at each link below, and follow the instructions provided to apply. Our application process includes a written exam, consulting-style case interviews, as well as behavioral interviews.
Analyst Program, Analytics Team – Apply here
Case Team Leader (International), Analytics Team – Apply here
Principal (International), Analytics Team – Apply here