ObjectivesThe African Development Bank places research and knowledge sharing at the center of its activities, as sound economic analysis has the potential to play an important role in the transformation of African economies towards sustainable development and poverty reduction. In 2007, the AfDB established a Development Research Department as part of the Bank’s reform process. The Department’s activities focus on devising and undertaking a program of research and analysis on priority social and economic development issues that support the Bank’s policy and operations agenda.
The Department comprises about 25 researchers in two Divisions. The Research Partnerships Division is seeking to strengthen its team of researchers by recruiting a Principal Research Economist with expertise in the areas of impact evaluation with strong quantitative background, good analytical and writing skills.
Principal Research Economist
Duties and responsibilitiesUnder the general supervision of the Division Manager, the incumbent is expected to play a major and visible role in carrying out the Division’s work program:Lead empirical research in impact evaluation of development projects:Conceptualize, carry out, and publish research papers in professional journals, collective volumes, and the Bank’s Working Paper Series.Participate actively in conferences, seminars, and other learning events.Contribute technical and analytical inputs to the work of the Bank’s Operations Complexes:Provide input into Country Strategy Papers.Participate in Economic Sector Work.Peer review project, program, and policy documents.Provide support to Senior Management:Prepare statements and policy briefs on economic development issues of current interest.Perform other duties as required.Selection CriteriaIncluding desirable skills, knowledge and experience(including desirable skills, knowledge and experience):A Ph.D. in Economics or a related discipline with proven track record of publications in referred journals. A Master’s degree complemented by a strong research background and proven record of publications in refereed journals may be acceptable.At least six (6) years of relevant professional experience in development policy research and analysis and the study of economic conditions in developing countries, notably Africa. For Master’s degree holders, a minimum of ten (10) years of pertinent experience is required.Publication record in the areas of impact assessment and related areas in peer reviewed journals is an advantageSound knowledge and background in the use of statistical and econometric methods and packages.Evidence of the ability to design and manage research projects from conceptualisation to publication.Ability to communicate and write effectively in English and/or French; a good working knowledge of the other language is desirable.Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work in teams and in an interdisciplinary environment, and sensitivity to cultural diversity.Method of Application
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