Research Analyst - Laterite


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Research Analyst | Laterite Rwanda


Research Analyst, Kigali office


Masters in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, Engineering or related field


Preferably 1 year relevant professional experience, but not strictly required

Language requirements:

English (French, Kinyarwanda and Swahili a plus)


Quantitative data analysis skills & hands-on research experience.

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About Laterite

At Laterite, we transform the way development research is done. Our mission is to deploy the most innovative research methods and the latest academic thinking to design effective responses to development issues. We provide three types of services to clients: i) comprehensive data collection and data processing solutions; ii) research services, from the design of large scale research projects through to analysis; and iii) strategic and technical advice to public and private sector clients.

Laterite operates in Rwanda and Ethiopia and we are in the process of expanding our network of offices. Our Rwanda office brings together more than 25 full time local and international staff, who work with a team of over 400 enumerators.  In the last few years in Rwanda and Ethiopia, we have successfully completed over 50 projects, working with internationally recognized universities, global think tanks, international NGOs, multilateral donor organizations and several Government ministries and agencies.

 The Laterite Model

  1. We believe that impact is a long-term endeavor that requires being embedded in the local context: In order to achieve policy impact through research it is important to establish a strong local presence. Delivering high quality research and advice requires building a local team and data collection systems, understanding the context, establishing close working relationships with key players and understanding their constraints and motivations. We only conduct research where we have offices: currently Rwanda and Ethiopia.
  2. We are rigorous and structured, but not rigid in our choice of analytic methods: Our mission is to deploy the most innovative research methods to design effective responses to development issues. We do not define ourselves by a particular method or approach (e.g. RCTs), but by our ability to embrace and deploy new technologies and research methodologies in our project work. We work in an anti-disciplinary way, by borrowing methods not only from econometrics but other fields as well. Our research team, for example, includes individuals with training in engineering, biostatistics and urban planning in addition to development economics.
  3. We innovate with every opportunity: With every new challenge and opportunity we try to innovate, always with the objective of creating new and better ways of conducting research in low-resource country contexts. The Laterite Lab, our internal research development arm, catalyzes our research efforts and aims to equip our teams with new research methods and techniques. Our aim is not only to acquire and implement new methods, but to create new methods.

You can find out more about Laterite on our website at:

Working with Laterite

Working at Laterite will provide you with the opportunity to build on your management and technical expertise to make a difference on priority development questions. At Laterite, you will have:

  • The opportunity to shape the strategic direction of a dynamic and growing research firm;
  • A chance to make a difference on relevant policy and development issues in a high-pace environment;
  • The opportunity to manage and focus on the professional development of a high-performing team of researchers and data collection specialists; and
  • The challenge to constantly upgrade your own technical capabilities, to ensure that as a company we are always on the cutting-edge of research with impact.

Who We Are

Laterite is led by a team of entrepreneurial professionals who strive to transform the way development research is done. Our research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities and vast experience delivering research projects in emerging markets. Our data collection team is recruited from the best local universities and are rigorously trained. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization. We are also very proud of our office culture that is hard working, but relaxed, non-hierarchical, and fun!

Position Description

The Research Analyst (RA) positions are based in Kigali, Rwanda.  Research Analysts at Laterite play a hands-on role in implementing research projects, conducting the technical analysis and contributing the final client recommendations. Managerial responsibilities include supervising, coordinating and training our survey teams, developing and piloting research instruments, managing internal research projects for the Laterite Lab, and sometimes also presenting results to clients. Research Analysts have a voice in project selection, corporate strategy, and structuring the research agenda of the Laterite Lab.

At Laterite, we value the career progression of our staff. We expect our staff to progress within the company and grow professionally, from both a managerial and technical perspective. Working as a research analyst for Laterite for 2-3 years will position you well for competitive PhDs, joining development organizations or other consulting firms, and of course for other positions at Laterite.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Identify, collect and analyze data for research projects
  2. Analyze qualitative and quantitative data using statistical software such as STATA or R, with supervision by management team
  3. Ensure that work meets timelines and quality benchmarks are being met for our clients
  4. Provide support on project proposals and pro-actively seek independent research.
  5. Monitor relevant economic and public policy news in Rwanda on a regular basis that may have implications for our research projects.
  6. Support management in supervising and training the enumerator/moderator teams
  7. Provide support, as needed, to the management team – including accounting, HR, logistics and related tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. At least 1 year of work experience in international development, public policy, economic and social research, or management consulting
  2. Masters degree in Economics, Statistics, Engineering, Public Policy, Public Health, International Development, or related field
  3. Familiarity with statistical analysis and related tools/software (in particular Stata and/or R)
  4. Excellent oral and written communications in English (French, Kinyarwanda or Swahili a plus)
  5. Experience living and working in different cultural settings; time spent in sub-Sahara Africa or other developing countries strongly preferred


Ideal candidates are passionate about international development and are willing to commit to live in Kigali, Rwanda, for at least two years. They have a Masters Degree in an area related to economics, statistics, development studies, engineering or relative field from a leading university, with some relevant professional experience. They want to develop their professional skills at an organization dedicated to social and economic development.  They thrive in a growing organization setting, and are able to adapt to dynamic growth and change.


Competitive with similar roles in other consulting and research organizations. Benefits include generous leave, international health insurance, medical evacuation and individual/team bonuses.

Application Process

Please complete the application on the link provided including a CV and a cover letter within the link. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply ASAP not later than 1st December 2017.

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