Research Analyst

Platinum Careers

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Welcome to Platinum Careers, leaders in professional HR Services. Over the years we have supported many of the country’s top organizations to recruit, source and manage the highly-skilled talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.

We are a Human resource consulting company with head office in Ikoyi, Lagos. Platinum Careers is a Uniquely African and proudly Nigerian Company offering support and services in the area of Human resource solutions with service offerings which include world-class personnel outsourcing, recruitment, headhunting, training and development.


The Role

The Associate will support Departmental Leads towards the achievement of our client’s strategy by conducting analysis, providing strategic planning support, and supporting delivery of programme activities.


The research conduct insightful and compelling analysis to provide Departmental Leads with relevant information that can be used to promote financial inclusion in Nigeria. He/she will also support implementation of financial inclusion strategies through day-to-day project management of our client’s activities. The analyst will have foundational business skills, a strong analytical mind and the desire and ability to quickly learn about our client’s strategic areas.


The successful applicant will have a demonstrated track record of success and a passion for social impact. He or she must have good project management skills, be a proactive problem solver, and be able to engage with external stakeholders. The successful applicant will be results driven and committed to high standards of performance. He or she will be adaptable, creative, and accustomed to delivering results in a dynamic, fast-paced and fluid working environment.


Our client currently has three Lead roles driving the organisation’s strategy: Digital Financial Services Lead who oversees the Electronic Payment and Agent Networks team; Programmes Lead who oversees the Innovation Fund and Inclusive Products; and the Policy Lead who oversees Research and Communications. Our client is seeking an Associate to support the Programmes team.


Primary Relationships

Reports to:    Programmes Lead (hereafter referred to as the “Line Manager”)


Department: Programmes


Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities

The role will include, but not be limited to the following responsibilities and accountabilities:

Strategic Support

Conduct in-depth analysis to support the Programmes Lead in developing specific strategies for our client’s  strategic areas and cross cutting themes

Keep abreast of relevant developments related to our client’s strategic areas and cross cutting themes, including policy/regulatory changes

Provide the Programmes Lead with relevant information related to financial inclusion in Nigeria as well as globally

Contribute to the writing of relevant reports to assist the Programmes Lead in the development of their focus areas

Project Management and Execution

Support the Programmes  Lead in delivering approved strategies

Conduct project management for the Programmes Team, which includes conducting detailed work plans, tracking progress against agreed plans, managing vendors as needed, identifying and recommending solutions to issues, and reporting on project status

Actively support the planning and management of our client’s events (workshops, innovation fora and breakfast series)

Stakeholder Engagement

Help the Programmes  Lead identify relevant stakeholders whom our client can engage to promote financial inclusion

Support the Programmes Lead in managing working groups or other relevant industry bodies, including convening stakeholders, providing logistical support, writing minutes and circulating information to working group members

Additional Responsibilities

Take responsibility for own continuous professional development by proactively identifying and participating in formal/informal learning opportunities

Contribute input to quarterly reports and provide other status reporting as requested by the Programmes Lead

Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager

Job Competencies and Capabilities


Qualifications & Experience


Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Economics, Anthropology, International Development, Public Policy or related field, from a reputable institution

Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Development Economics, Social Sciences, or related field, from a reputable institution, preferably International

Minimum two years (post NYSC) work experience

Experience conducting desk research, handling a variety of information sources and producing relevant reports

Proven ability to analyse large amount of data

Experience of working on multiple projects and project management


Prior experience in financial inclusion and/or the Nigerian financial sector

Knowledge of socio-economic trends in Nigeria


Advanced level competency in the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Strong analytical skills with the ability to evaluate and synthesise information

Ability to collate and interpret large amounts of data

Proven ability to produce concise, well-structured, and high quality reports and presentations

Strong project management, time management and planning skills

Ability to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Works well independently and as part of a team

Ability to deliver results with low levels of supervision

Very high level of attention to detail and accuracy

Very strong verbal and written communications skills

Strong interpersonal skills

Highly numerate

Personal Qualities

  • Passionate about social issues
  • Energetic, proactive approach to work
  • High levels of initiative
  • Enterprising attitude that is quick to search out alternative solutions to needs or problems
  • Committed to delivering high quality results, with cost-effective use of resources
  • Positive, flexible, supportive attitude towards work
  • Can-do approach
  • Driven and a self-starter
  • Exhibits helpful behaviour beyond strict job requirements
  • Works well under pressure and meets deadlines
  • Multi-tasks effectively
  • Integrity and high personal ethical standards
  • Innovative
  • Confident
  • Resilient and able to work well under pressure

Remuneration: Competitive

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Platinum Careers

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)





Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

1 - 3 years