Data Storytelling Fellowship

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Global Programs | COVID-19 remote



The Global Programs team collaborates with each of our country teams to refine program strategy, support learning through grassroots experimentation and data, and develop new initiatives that strengthen our core areas of focus. We help teams harness data to generate insights and take action with communities, Namati program teams, and policymakers. We provide hands-on support while fostering comparative learning on legal empowerment across all of the places where we work. 

Namati is searching for a current law or graduate student to sit on the Global Programs team, collaborating closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team (part of Global Programs) and the Communications team.  The Fellow will have a specific focus on communicating data for action. They will support the team in the following ways: 

  • Synthesize learning and best practices about communicating different types of data to key audiences, including policymakers and community members. 
  • Contribute to the development of guidance documents and resource materials for Namati program teams on data literacy, data visualization, and engaging stakeholders for action with data. 
  • Collaborate with country teams on specific projects on program M&E and learning, data analysis and interpretation,  and/or data visualization and storytelling. 
  • Help organize group calls bringing teams together to share experiences in using data for action and distill comparative learning; help develop the agenda; take excellent notes and oversee follow-up from the meetings. 


About You

  • Experience and skills communicating data, and engaging others to interpret and use data for action: You have the ability to think in practical and creative ways about how people respond to and make sense of both qualitative and quantitative data. You love the idea of helping teams and audiences to use data to inform decisions and take action, and have supported a process like this in the past. 
  • Background in one or more fields, including communications, data journalism, organizing, or monitoring and evaluation: You may have worked in data journalism or communications, used data to support campaigns or organizing efforts, or come from a monitoring and evaluation background.
  • A creative, relentless problem-solver:  It’s in your nature to work tirelessly on a problem -- you don’t rest until you’ve identified a great solution. And although careful planning and execution define your work, when challenges arise you quickly reorient and identify the best new course of action. You’re well-regarded for your ability to make reasoned decisions, even in the face of limited or conflicting information. 
  • Flexible and independent: Although careful planning and execution define your work, you are positive and graceful when unexpected challenges arise. You thrive when working independently with minimal direct supervision.
  • Collaborative and service-oriented: You greet everyone you encounter with a collaborative spirit, kindness, and empathy. You are known as a team-player who brings an “all hands on deck” mindset to all projects -- you’re happy to contribute however you can to advance our mission.
  • Growth-oriented: You’re always seeking to better yourself and your work, and you will push yourself to the peak of performance to help fulfill our mission. In service of that growth, you welcome and delight in feedback from supervisors, peers, and anyone else.


Nice to have: 

  • Technical design skills for graphics and data visualization. 
  • Ability to use different methods and mediums for telling stories with data. You may have developed infographics, videos, or animations to tell stories with data.



This position is open to any location in the United States. Due to COVID-19, Namati remains a remote-first organization for the foreseeable future and until further notice. 

Fellowship length and eligibility

This is a part or full-time position requiring a minimum of 4 months.  Our preference is for a fellow who is available for full-time and longer than 4 months, and a full-year fellowship is possible. We are flexible with the start date. 

Please note at this time we are only able to accept applications from individuals whose fellowship will be paid for through their schooling (e.g. experiential learning for academic credit) or independent fellowship funding (e.g., scholarships, university-provided fellowship funding), and we’re unable to make significant changes to the scope of this fellowship based on individual funding requirements.

As appropriate, we’re happy to work with you and your institution so you can receive academic credit for this fellowship. While we do recognize that interested interns/fellows may approach us during the process of actively applying for external sources of funding, due to the high volume of interest in our opportunities we look for our finalists to demonstrate that they can be resourceful and creative in securing funding and will not make excessive requests of our teams for support.


To Apply

Please complete our online application form. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. Namati is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please note we strongly prefer for your application materials (resume and cover letter) to be uploaded in one PDF.