Locations: Dakar, Delhi, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Manila, Nairobi, San Francisco
Candidates interested in being located in the United States must possess valid authorization to work for the full duration of the contract. Unfortunately, IDinsight cannot sponsor work visas, except in exceptional circumstances.
About the role
IDinsight Junior Economists/Researchers1 (hereafter “the Economist”) are emerging experts in quantitative research tools who support a large portfolio of projects across diverse geographies, sectors, and methodologies.
The Economist will be required to think critically about how to maximize methodological rigor given our clients’ time, operational, political and budget constraints. The ideal candidate should love having many different types of problems thrown at them, be able to quickly digest and understand the program and evidence objectives, and provide advice and guidance on how best to proceed.
The Economist will be a member of IDinsight’s Technical Team. The Technical Team is responsible for ensuring that the services that we provide to clients are statistically and methodologically sound. In collaboration with the Technical Team lead and personnel, the Economist’s role will include, but not be limited to, the following activities:
• Designing and implementing evaluations for IDinsight clients in collaboration with project teams. The Economist will play a contributing role in designing and implementing studies for IDinsight clients, including impact evaluations, process evaluations, monitoring systems, diagnostic assessments, and scale-up plans. At the junior level, Economists will support teams in certain areas where they have experience, with a mentor from a more senior member of the Technical team. Over time they will be expected to develop the skills necessary to support teams with limited oversight.
• Ensuring technical rigor of project deliverables. The Economist will support project teams in drafting and refining technical documents, which include evaluation designs, pre-analysis plans, sample size calculations, data collection instruments, technical reports, and other documents. The Economist will also be a crucial resource to the country office where he or she is stationed by providing technical expertise on short-term issues that confront project teams.
• Assist with programming tasks. Will support project teams throughout the organization with difficult programming tasks related to data analysis, data visualization, scraping data from public sources, and more.
• Supporting the technical professional development of staff. The Economist will prepare and lead training sessions on technical topics (such as statistical inference and Stata programming) on a regular basis. He or she will also provide individualized support to staff on their technical professional development.
• Support internal systems for on boarding, training, and quality control. The Economist will assist with developing assessments, training tools, checklists, and other materials used internally by the technical team. The Economist will be expected to fulfill these responsibilities and others with professionalism and on strict deadlines. He or she will also be expected to propose, design and implement new initiatives for supporting project teams and increasing the technical rigor of IDinsight’s work.
Career development Professional development for Economists is essential for IDinsight’s long-term impact. With support from IDinsight leadership, Economists maintain self-directed professional development plans and are given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen their professional skills. Real-time feedback and structured reviews are regularly provided to maximize each Economist’s expertise. IDinsight’s entrepreneurial culture allows roles and career progression to be tailored to individual strengths, interests, and goals.
We expect Junior Economist/Researchers to eventually grow into the role of Economist/Researchers, who will support technical projects without oversight. We believe this is a unique opportunity for emerging researchers without a PhD to gain research skills on the job, and eventually move up to a level of responsibility that would require a PhD in many research organizations.
Locations Economist positions will be based in one of the IDinsight offices in India (Delhi), Kenya (Nairobi), the Philippines (Manila), Senegal (Dakar), South Africa (Johannesburg), or Zambia (Lusaka), or San Francisco (USA). Travel is dependent on project needs, and there are possibilities to move as we open new offices. US-based positions require frequent travel to project sites in India and Africa, as well as frequent communication with remote teams.
Compensation Compensation is commensurate with relevant experience and background, and competitive within the social sector.
Start Dates Rolling start dates (start dates range from immediate to flexible, including as late as Fall 2018) and minimum two- year commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.
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