Research Scientist

Country: Nigeria
Organization: European Management Solutions
Closing date: 15 Dec 2021

Duty station: Abuja, Nigeria

Contract Duration: 1 year with the possibility of renewal

Start date: 1 January 2022

We are recruiting on behalf of our client a Research Scientist, on behalf of a global research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. As its core business, the organization brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. The organization has conducted hundreds of randomized evaluations across sectors, learning both whether programs work, and how they can work better.

The RS will serve as an Investigator on research projects which seek to inform effective access to digital finance services, and women’s financial inclusion. The RS would work with government partners, non-profits, financial services providers and researchers to design and implement research projects, conduct data analysis and develop evidence briefs.


  • Conduct innovative and policy relevant research on financial inclusion, social protection, health, education, and agriculture, using cutting-edge research techniques.
  • Develop projects, including engagement with partners and policy stakeholders to demonstrate the organization’s research capabilities, research design, power calculations, proposal writing, etc.
  • Respond to and collaborate with partners to design and implement research projects, conduct data analysis, and develop evidence briefs.
  • Organize and lead convenings with partners to facilitate the successful implementation of the research projects.
  • Mentor and train organization’s staff and external partners on research design.
  • Analyze and report out on data and findings from the research projects.
  • Draft reports, working papers, briefs, blogs, and other materials to disseminate the findings of research.
  • Participate in conferences and dissemination events.
  • Support broader research agenda.


  • PhD in Economics, Development Studies, Public Policy or a related field.
  • Demonstrated research interests and experience in financial inclusion, behavioral economics, consumer protection, or related topics.
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce high-quality publications on digital financial services.
  • Experience working on both quantitative and qualitative data collection.
  • Knowledge of statistical packages such as STATA, R, Python.
  • Evidence of organizing and analyzing large data sets, in particular administrative data, financial data, and/or alternative data such as social media data.
  • Ability to present information in a structured and insightful way, both in writing and orally.
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and strong multi-tasking

Preferred additional experience and qualification

  • 2+ years of post-PhD experience relevant to the job.
  • Professional experience in financial services; international development; or financial sector policy, compliance, or supervisory experience.
  • Experience with gender intentional programming.
  • Experience with data visualization.
  • Experience managing complex partners with multiple stakeholders.
  • Significant applied econometrics skills.
  • Superior analytical, quantitative and conceptual thinking skills.
  • Passion for making data-driven decision making a reality in the development secto

How to apply:

Applications and updated CV should be submitted to [email protected], under the title: DRS ref. number 11190. Due to the high number of applications received, we can reply to shortlisted candidates only.