Country Economist (Ethiopia)
Salary from £29,000 net of taxes depending on experience and local market conditions plus an annual retirement contribution supplement of 10% net salary.
The International Growth Centre (IGC) works with policymakers in developing countries to promote inclusive and sustainable growth through pathbreaking research. We are a global research centre with a network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams and initiatives working across Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. Based at LSE and in partnership with the University of Oxford, we are majority funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). We work to improve the productivity of people and firms as the key driver of sustainable economic development.
Our core thematic areas in Ethiopia include Jobs and industrial transformation, Microeconomic underpinnings of macro imbalances and Sustainability including in Energy/Environment and Cities.
The IGC is currently seeking a Country Economist based in Addis Ababa for one year, with the possibility to extend the assignment. The Ethiopia team consists of two Senior Country Economists, a Junior Programme Officer, non-resident Country Director and two Lead Academics. The focus of this assignment would be on growing the Energy and Cities research portfolios in particular.
Country Economists work with the country leadership team in implementing the country strategy, identifying and developing opportunities for policy influence, connecting researchers with policymakers, undertaking economic analysis in collaboration with senior researchers, and working on policy briefs and synthesis/research papers. They support researchers in facilitating research projects; track and report on the portfolio of research projects, manage country programme activities including country visits and events as well as regular reports on research and policy developments; contribute to the ongoing evaluation of the programme; support the dissemination of research outputs to maximise policy impact; and can potentially work on IGC research projects where opportunities arise and interests match.
Applicants should have strong economics skills, including excellent quantitative skills in economic analysis, sophisticated understanding of policy issues in the country setting, excellent communications and organisational skills, and hold a post-graduate degree (MSc/MPA/MPP/MA or PhD) in economics, development economics, public policy/administration finance, trade and industrial organisation, or a related discipline. Knowledge and experience engaging on Ethiopian policy issues would be an advantage.
As the successful applicant will be based in Ethiopia, local statutory regulations will apply and therefore applicants will need to demonstrate Ethiopian nationality and right to work.
To apply for this post, please go to https://jobs.lse.ac.uk/ If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email Ani Bhagtiani on [email protected]
The closing date for receipt of applications is 7 April 2024 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.
Research and Policy Fellow (Tanzania)
- Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but will close by 14th March 2024. Preference will be given to early applications.
- Length of Commitment: Approximately 6 months with the possibility of extension. Applicants should be available to start on the 1st of April 2024.
- Remuneration: a competitive package is on offer.
- Please note, this is a consultancy contract and a remote position.
Based at the London School of Economics and Political Science and in partnership with the University of Oxford, the International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. Through an innovative model, the IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia and works closely with partner governments to generate high quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges. Established in 2008, the IGC is currently majority funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
IGC’s Tax for Growth initiative
The IGC Tax for Growth (T4G) Initiative is an initiative of the International Growth Centre that supports tax administrators and policy makers in developing countries with evidence-based research and data-driven solutions to develop effective approaches to make taxation work for development. The initiative uses a collaborative and demand driven approach to address priorities and help alleviate the constraints faced by policy partners.
About this role
IGC is seeking to appoint a Tanzania-based officer to support T4G’s work in Tanzania through contributing to policy-focused research, data gathering and analysis, supporting stakeholder engagements, and undertaking some administrative responsibilities.
The successful applicant should have the following skills and experience:
- A strong interest in one or more of the three focus areas: macroeconomic stability, investment promotion, and/or tax policy in Tanzania.
- A post-graduate degree in economics, public policy or a related field.
- Excellent data skills and competence with econometric methods and software.
- Experience working with policymakers or governments in emerging countries of sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia would be of benefit.
- Good writing skills and ability to clearly articulate technical concepts to a policy audience.
- A desire to drive policy change from their work, specifically promoting sustainable economic growth in developing countries.
- Ability to work independently and self-motivate.
- A flexible, problem-solving, solution-oriented mindset.
List of services
Work with the T4G Initiative to deliver and drive programme activities relating to macroeconomic stability, investment promotion, and tax policy analysis in Tanzania.
Build, support, and manage high level policymaker relationships with the Heads of Research Departments in departments ranging from the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), the Bank of Tanzania (BoT), the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), and the Planning Commission.
With the guidance of leading academics, write analytical policy papers and policy briefs. These typically involve economic analysis using local data embedded in a global literature framework and respond to policymaker demand.
Facilitate research projects by establishing connections between researchers and policy makers and other key stakeholders, if necessary, carrying out economic analysis, provide assistance with mobilising requisite data, and engaging key policy interlocutors.
Work with multilateral and bilateral partners including FCDO, private sector stakeholders and universities, with the aim, ex ante, of identifying policy demands of concern to policy makers and research gaps and, ex post, of maximising the impact of IGC research.
Provide logistical support for visiting researchers.
Participate in the organisation of dissemination events, locally or regionally.
Work on data extraction and analysis of large administrative datasets.
Work with T4G on Capacity Building and Training of policy partners.
Application process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit the following in a PDF format to [email protected] with the subject title “IGC Research and Policy Fellow (Tanzania)”:
- a CV (no longer than two pages) and;
- a short cover letter (clearly highlighting how you meet the criteria above using examples of your skills and experience, in no longer than 1-page)
Please note, due to the high expected volume of applications, we will be unable to confirm the receipt or outcome of the application for unsuccessful candidates. We will be interviewing short-listed candidates over Zoom.
This is a short term consultancy contract. We expect the successful candidate to be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
If you have any questions about the position, please reach out to the Head of T4G, Twivwe Siwale at [email protected].