Research Manager - Laterite


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Research Manager | Laterite Rwanda


Research Manager, Kigali office


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


Minimum 5-8 years of relevant professional experience

Language requirements

English; French, Kinyarwanda and Swahili a plus


A research and analytical mindset; outstanding project management and client communication skills; proven team-leadership skills; fast-learner

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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 currently 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 research 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.
  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!

At Laterite, we value the career progression of everybody on the team. We expect team members to progress within the company and grow professionally, from both a managerial and technical perspective.

Position Description & Key Responsibilities

RMs at Laterite play a hands-on role in sourcing, leading and delivering research projects to clients:

  1. Sourcing research projects. RMs are responsible for business development, helping Laterite turn internal research ideas into concrete projects with external funding. They are also responsible for ensuring that we deliver excellent and creative research proposals in response to bids.
  2. Leading projects. During the implementation of research projects, RMs are responsible for managing Laterite’s research and data teams and ensuring effective communication with the client. This requires excellent project management skills, creativity and problem-solving, and structured thinking. We aim to deliver research that is timely, pertinent, useful and innovative.
  3. Delivery stage. At the delivery stage, RMs are responsible for the quality of our deliverables, presenting findings to the client and ensuring effective follow-through. This stage is critical in ensuring that our research is impactful.

Research Managers are also part of Laterite’s Senior Management Team and have a voice in project selection, corporate strategy, process improvements, and structuring Laterite’s research agenda. They serve as role models for the team, actively promote our corporate culture and help us as an organization achieve our mission.


Ideal candidates are passionate about international development and are willing to commit to work with Laterite in Rwanda, for at least two years. They have a Master Degree related to economics, statistics, engineering or a related field from a leading university, with at least 5 years of relevant professional experience. They have a research and analytical mindset. They can quickly grasp research concepts, have experience using Stata, R or Python, and structure their technical approach to a problem. They have solid project management skills and are able to manage a portfolio of activities/projects, in a fast-paced environment, where timelines can often be unpredictable. They also have outstanding written and oral communication skills (in English), and are able to effectively communicate internally and externally. They are leaders who can motivate our teams, promote our corporate culture and drive innovation at Laterite.


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 form 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 1st December 2017.

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