Research Economist, ECMR2

African Development Bank (AFDB)

Job Summary

The Macroeconomics Policy, Forecasting, and Research Department are dedicated to the generation of high-quality knowledge in the area of development in Africa. It provides technical support to operations and regional member countries through rigorous analytical work; engages in impactful policy dialogue with decision-making bodies within and outside of the Bank; and most importantly enhances the operational effectiveness of the Bank in achieving the High 5s. The activities of the department are structured around the Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting on one side, and the Microeconomics, Institutional and Development Impact on the other. The Microeconomic, Institutional, and Development Impact Division focuses on microeconomic issues related to development finance, infrastructure development, private sector development, industrial organizations, governance, competitiveness & investment climate, agriculture, institutions, and regional integration to support the High 5s. In addition, the Microeconomic, Institutional, and Development Impact Division is the institutional anchor of the ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment (ADOA) of the Bank’s operations, as such it is a key element of the Bank Results Framework and the primary tool for mainstreaming Development Outcomes. The Research Economist will be part of the ECMR.2 team and expected to perform both ADOA assessments of the Bank’s lending operations as well as research activities related to the Bank’s High5 agenda.

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description/Requirements

Location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Under the supervision of the Microeconomic, Institutional, and Development Impact Division Manager, the Research Economist will:

  • Participate in Ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment of Bank’s lending operations
  • Provide inputs and assist the team in the delivery of ex-ante Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment of the African Development Bank lending to Non-sovereign and Regional Operations and any other type of operation as required by the management.
  • Contribute to any revisions to the Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment framework on the basis of implementation experience and lessons from other Development Finance institutions.
  • Participate in research activities in the areas supporting the Bank’s High 5s (High priority areas: Light Up and Power Africa (Energy), Feed Africa (Agriculture and Nutrition), Industrialize Africa (Industrialization), Integrate Africa (Regional Integration), and Improve the quality of life for Africans (Sustainable socio-economic development)). This includes also strengthening knowledge generation in the area of inclusive and green growth.
  • Provide inputs into the production of the Bank’s flagship publications
  • Contribute to the preparation of flagship reports or assigned chapters, write assigned sections and follow it (peer reviews) until publication
  • Assist and lead on the dissemination of the findings of reports
  • Provide technical and analytical inputs into the work of Operations Complexes:
  • Provide input into Country Strategy Papers;
  • Lead or participate in Economic Sector Work;
  • Participate in the peer-review process of projects, programs, policy documents, including documents submitted to the Operations Committee.
  • Contribute knowledge in the Bank’s “Working Papers Series " and the Bank’s "African Development Review":
  • Publish research papers and review submitted articles to the African Development Review and Working Paper Series.
  • Provide inputs in collaborative research and knowledge management activities carried out jointly with regional and international organizations, research and capacity building institutions in Africa, development research centers, and universities.
  • Review operation documents and participate in review meetings.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor or Management.

Competencies (Skills, Experience, and Knowledge):

  • Have at least a master’s degree in Economics, Finance, or a relevant field.
  • A Ph.D. would be an added advantage
  • Have a minimum of four (4) years of professional experience combining research and operational involvement in the design and evaluation of operations relevant to the High 5s areas including the following: infrastructure including energy, agriculture, private sector development, industrial organizations, and social sectors, project analysis and/or monitoring and evaluation
  • Publication record in international peer-reviewed journals, working papers, book chapters, reports, etc
  • Good knowledge and background in the use of statistical and econometric methods and packages in project evaluation, finance, and development economics research
  • Proven ability in development policy research and analysis of economic conditions that are of relevance for the High 5s (Bank priority areas)
  • Ability to design and conduct research projects/programs
  • Ability to understand and identify development outcomes expected from real sector projects
  • Proven skills in drafting and preparation of policy memoranda, speeches, and notes for use in decision-making processes
  • Communicate and write effectively in French or English, with a good working knowledge of the other language
  • Competence in the use of leading econometrics software packages and in Microsoft Suites (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access)
  • Have good communication skills and a proven ability to work in teams and on multiple projects in parallel.

This position is classified international status and attracts international terms and conditions of employment.

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