Associate Research Scientist I/II

AKADEMIYA2063

AKADEMIYA2063 (A2063) was established to continue and expand the portfolio of policy research and capacity-strengthening support for implementing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). AKADEMIYA2063 overall mission is to provide data, policy analysis, and capacity-strengthening support that enables African Union member states to achieve inclusive and sustainable development and economic prosperity. AKADEMIYA2063’s programs portfolio consists of The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support Systems (ReSAKSS), the African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium, and the Malabo Montpellier Panel (MaMo Panel).

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

AKADEMIYA2063 is an Africa-based non-profit research organization with headquarters in Kigali, Rwanda and a regional office in Dakar, Senegal. Inspired by the ambitions of Agenda 2063 and grounded in the recognition of the central importance of strong knowledge and evidence systems, the vision of AKADEMIYA2063 is an Africa with the expertise we need for the Africa we want. This expertise must be responsive to the continent’s needs for data and analysis to ensure high-quality policy design and execution. Inclusive, evidence-informed policymaking is key to meeting the continent’s development aspirations, creating wealth, and changing livelihoods for the better. AKADEMIYA2063’s overall mission is to create, across Africa and led from its headquarters in Rwanda, state-of-the-art technical capacities to support the efforts by the Member States of the African Union to achieve the key goals of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 of transforming national economies to boost growth and prosperity. Following from its vision and mission, the main goal of AKADEMIYA2063 is to help meet Africa’s needs at the continental, regional and national levels in terms of data, analytics, and mutual learning for the effective implementation of Agenda 2063 and the realization of its outcomes by a critical mass of countries. AKADEMIYA2063 strives to meet its goals through programs organized under five strategic areas—policy innovation, knowledge systems, capacity creation and deployment, operational support and data management, digital products, and technology—as well as partnerships and outreach activities. For more information, visit www.akademiya2063.org.

Vacancy Details

Vacancy Number: RW022

Position Title: Associate Research Scientist I/II

Department:Operational Support

Location:Kigali - Rwanda

Duration: One (1) year renewable

Position Summary

AKADEMIYA2063 seeks an Associate Research Scientist I or II for a one-year, renewable appointment in its Operational Support Department. The successful candidate will work on policy and program review, performance tracking and impact evaluation of agricultural and climate change strategies and programs in Africa. This is an opportunity to join a young, dynamic, and driven team to produce high-quality, evidence-based reports for policymakers at the highest levels of government. This position is based in Kigali, Rwanda, and interested applicants must already have the appropriate authorization to work in Rwanda.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Perform various tasks involving data collection, documentation, and data cleaning of primary data and secondary data from various sources
  • Assists with economic modeling, toolboxes development and econometric analysis
  • Assist in handling household survey data (including survey design, sampling & questionnaire)
  • Preparation of tables and graphs for reports
  • Assistance in the preparation of proposals, project deliverables, briefs, and papers
  • Co-authorship of reports and editing of publications
  • Help develop & manage technical workshops
  • Co-author reports and edit publications
  • Assist in preparation of discussion papers, donor reports
  • Interact with collaborator project partners
  • Develop data documentation manuals or other learning materials, as needed
  • Assist with development of research instruments and analytical tools
  • Conduct data analysis, statistical analysis, econometric analysis
  • Conduct literature reviews & synthesis
  • Reply to internal/external data requests
  • Interact with funding agencies for possible research projects
  • Develop research proposals under the guidance of supervisor
  • Present and discuss research projects to government officials, non-government organizations, research agencies and other interested parties
  • Development of data documentation manuals or other learning materials, as needed.
  • Reply to internal/external data requests
  • Interaction with collaborators and project partners
  • Other duties as assigned or required

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, or a closely related field
  • At level I up to 3 years of relevant experience, at Level II 5 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience in effective interaction and coordination with collaborators and project partners
  • Excellent drafting skills and analytical mind
  • Excellent econometric skills on cross-section and panel data analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in-depth statistical analysis and report the results
  • Experienced in conducting literature reviews of academic publications, research reports, etc
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills
  • Demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English, fluency in French is desired
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task as needed, consistently meet deadlines, and manage time well
  • Demonstrated professional level of attention to detail and accuracy of work
  • Experience in research proposal development and project management
  • Skilled in programming in STATA, GAMS and in managing household databases
  • Ability to perform quantitative data analysis
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment

Submission of Applications

If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed e-mail application, CV, and cover letter, in English, by December 1, 2022, to careers@akademiya2063.org . Please include the position title in the subject line.

Additional Considerations

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered
  • We thank all applicants for their interest in working for AKADEMIYA2063, due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • This Job Description only serves as a guide for the available position. AKADEMIYA2063 reserves the right to change, revise, omit, and add in part / in whole to this document
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
  • AKADEMIYA2063 is an equal opportunity employer
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