Acumen is looking for a dynamic self-starter with 2-4 years’ experience who has strong project management abilities, superior attention to detail, and a demonstrated commitment to tackling global poverty. You will join our exciting London Lean Data team to support our Associate Director of Impact & Lean Data in delivering on Lean Data services in the off-grid energy sector.

About Acumen

Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $106 million in 96 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.

About the Role

In addition to investing in companies, Acumen also works with companies to support their growth and their ability to have a meaningful impact to low-income consumers. One of the ways we do this is through the implementation of our cutting-edge social performance and customer insights data service called Lean Data.

Lean Data, an approach to measurement designed specifically for social enterprises, helps build more impactful businesses by providing them with data on social performance, customer feedback and behaviour. Using low-cost technology and methods, Lean Data gathers high-quality data quickly and efficiently, directly from end-customers. To date, the Lean Data team has surveyed over 30,000 customers across 13 countries globally.

The Lean Data Associate will support our Associate Director of Impact & Lean Data, and focus on our energy work; that is, further understanding the impact of decentralized off-grid energy access across Africa, Pakistan and India.  The role will afford opportunities for front line data collection, project management, and interaction with some of the world’s most exciting and impactful social enterprises and funds working across the developing world, with a specific focus on off-grid energy. It is also a unique opportunity to be involved in leadership of social impact metrics and research in this space. 

Specifically, the Lean Data Associate will:

Manage execution of Lean Data projects in energy:

  • Draft survey scripts and incorporate feedback from client companies
  • Create data collection tools with the correct logic flow, instructions, options and quality control functions (or delivering in a way that fits our new processes)
  • Create budgets and track expenses carefully for each project
  • Conduct detailed reviews of databases every week to ensure data quality

Data analysis, interpretation and storytelling:

  • Conduct basic analysis on qualitative and quantitative data
  • Create draft presentations that tell a compelling story and spur actionable insights
  • Conduct additional analysis to answer questions or focus on themes for learning, as needed

Support growth and development of Lean Data energy work:

  • Partnership Development: Support proposal development, reporting, project management, and communication of existing partnerships to ensure client satisfaction
  • Learning & Communication: Monitor energy-related investing activity within Acumen and in the broader sector, draft updates for monthly and quarterly internal and external communications
  • Experiment & Iterate: Help the Lean Data team to deliver on our goals, test and iterate our assumptions and delivery models, contribute to discussions for improvement and opportunities

About You

First and foremost, you are eager to learn and you are an enthusiastic team player. You enjoy a fast-paced work environment and the careful management and execution of multiple projects at a time. You are able to follow processes carefully and implement new ones when necessary but you are also sufficiently confident to spot areas for improvement and act on your initiative. You are energetic and passionate about Acumen’s mission, and you are excited to grow by working in an innovative, collaborative work environment.

More specifically, you bring:

  • 2-4 years’ professional experience; bachelor's degree is required
  • Superior detail orientation; proven success in detail-demanding roles
  • Experience analyzing qualitative or quantitative data, synthesizing information
  • Proficiency with Excel is required; proficiency with PowerPoint is a plus
  • Curiosity and coachability; someone who is self-motivated and hungry to learn
  • Comfort in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Demonstrated interest in or commitment to tackling poverty, off-grid energy, and/or social enterprise
  • Authorization to work in the U.K. on a permanent basis


Candidates are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline to apply is Monday, June 26th, 2017.

We’re excited to hear from you.


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