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Insights Strategy Lead



Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2023

The Company

Stears is an intelligence startup of 40+ people using data to answer questions about Africa. Our mission is to become the world's most trusted provider of African data & insight to global businesses, finance and policy professionals. We make this possible by integrating all our intelligence (news & analysis, proprietary data, aggregated public data, licensed data, forecasts and reports) into a searchable platform complemented by a rich mobile experience.

Our customers currently pay for access to Stears’ intelligence through a web platform that includes daily insight and data. Our experts are always ready to answer client data questions about any sector, market or African country.

We are seeking a Senior Insights Strategy Lead to manage the end-to-end production of all insights that come out of the Stears Insights team. This role involves maintaining project timelines, ensuring the quality of our work meets our gold standard, and using a content management system for effective project management.

The role

Why it’s important: The Insights team is one of the core intelligence teams at Stears. The research and analysis our team produces helps our customers prepare for opportunity and empowers them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions. Our insights provide quality and actionable intelligence to the public and private sector, which cuts across different economies on the African continent.

Our economists deliver deep insights into the themes that drive policy, financial markets, and capital flows.

What it covers: As the Senior Insights Strategy Lead, you will be responsible for intellectual guidance and leadership within the Insights team. You will oversee the organisation and review of content produced by our economists and analysts, ensuring accuracy, clarity, and adherence to Stears' quality standards.

How we work: The team produces high-quality insights that answer the most important questions about Africa for decision-makers. This role puts you in the perfect position to be the principal commentator on key macroeconomy issues for the Stears team.

The Insights team constitutes a team of economists and data analysts that provide best-in-class research, data-driven analysis and insights. Team members deliver tailored 1:1 presentations, participate in key industry forums, and contribute to thought leadership through thematic papers, events, and media. Our long-form insights cut across issues such as Should the CBN increase interest rates in Nigeria? and Why closing Nigeria’s land borders was a mistake. You may also spend some of your time working on special data projects like the COVID-19 in Nigeria: State Index. This is an exciting time to join the team as you will also lead our initial pan-Africa expansion to produce data-driven Insights across the African continent.

Who you will work with: This role is part of the Insights team. You will report to the Head of Insights. You will also work with other researchers, economists and consultants in the intelligence team. In addition, you will work with other internal stakeholders, including the Head of Intelligence.


Content Leadership:

  • Provide constructive feedback and guidance to enhance the overall process and quality of insights.
  • Collaborate with analysts to refine complex economic concepts into accessible and engaging content.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams for product and service delivery improvements.

Organisational Strategy:

  • Work closely with the Head of Insights to manage project timelines and deliverables.
  • Maintain databases and manage information resources efficiently.
  • Support the development of strategic initiatives and business plans by providing insightful research findings.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Strong leadership skills, a keen eye for detail, and the ability to ensure team success and coordinate members across multiple productive outcomes and deadlines.
  • Keen attention to detail and ability to improve the quality of other people's work.
  • Project management skills, demonstrated by previous experience defining project scopes, managing timelines, and internal and external stakeholders to deliver small to medium-sized research tasks and projects.
  • High intelligence and problem-solving skills. Must demonstrate the ability to apply mental models that lead to creative and critical assessment or analysis of trends and developments in Africa’s economy.
  • Experience with managing relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders, including consultants, regulators, expert sources, etc.
  • At least five years of work experience in economic research, project and client management, consulting, or other related role.
  • Exceptional communication skills in economic insights, both verbal and written and a confident public speaker.


  • Unlimited access to Stears Premium
  • Hybrid working (office and remote as required)
  • Stears branded merchandise and swag
  • Onboarding allowance to facilitate workstation setup
  • Access to Stears Employee Hardship Fund
  • Annual off-site team bonding
  • Special emphasis on learning and development
  • Comprehensive health insurance
  • Competitive salaries at junior, intermediate and senior levels
  • Paid time off - 25 days excluding public holidays and sick days
  • The Stears Experience - These are the top reasons analysts report having the best experience of their careers at Stears:
    • Deepen their analytical & critical thinking skills which apply beyond a specific domain
    • Develop strong writing skills that can be leveraged in other stages of their careers
    • Gain a high level of autonomy and responsibility by taking on responsibility for an entire industry
    • Do something meaningful by being part of a team making African data more widely available


Stears is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants regardless of colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, actual or presumed belonging to an ethnic group, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.