Economist on Gender & Development / Gender Economist / Feminist Economist

Full Time

The African Institute for Development Policy

Are you passionate about driving women’s economic empowerment (WEE) across Africa? AFIDEP is searching for a dedicated Economist to spearhead our innovative initiative in this vital area. As the leading expert, you will be responsible for shaping and executing AFIDEP’s WEE program. If you’re a seasoned professional with a background in economics, gender equity, and development, we invite you to join our dynamic team.

Key Responsibilities

1. Landscape Study Design and Implementation

  • Lead the formulation and design of a comprehensive landscape study on WEE in East and West Africa.
  • Conduct rigorous literature reviews, in-depth interviews, and data analysis to inform the study’s findings.
  • Engage with key stakeholders in the African WEE space to gather valuable insights.
  • Effectively communicate study results through stakeholder dialogues, journal publications, and other mediums.

2. WEE Program Development and Implementation

  • Develop AFIDEP’s WEE program strategy based on insights from the landscape study and consultations.
  • Conceptualize research, advocacy, and capacity-building projects under the WEE program.
  • Drive fundraising efforts for WEE projects to ensure their successful execution.
  • Oversee the seamless implementation of WEE projects at AFIDEP.

3. Policymaker Engagement and Data Dissemination

  • Collaborate with government agencies to provide technical support for women’s economic empowerment.
  • Perform macroeconomic analyses to generate evidence for gender-responsive policy-making.
  • Present data and findings through high-quality technical briefs, reports, and presentations.

4. Capacity Development and Learning

  • Design and execute capacity-building initiatives for various stakeholders, enhancing evidence-based decision-making.
  • Monitor and evaluate the WEE program’s progress, integrating emerging lessons into program design.

5. Reporting and Communication

  • Prepare comprehensive progress reports for our funding partners.
  • Foster productive policy dialogues with high-level policymakers, civil society, and the private sector.


  • PhD in Economics or related fields (e.g., Gender & Development), with expertise in gender equity and women’s economic empowerment.
  • Alternatively, a Master’s degree in economics or development economics with over 7 years of relevant experience may be considered.
  • A minimum of 5 years of post-doctoral experience in gender and development research and advocacy, including 3 years at a senior management level.
  • Strong grasp of gender and macroeconomic policy concepts, with the ability to critically review and analyze policies for gender responsiveness.
  • Proficiency in problem-solving, quantitative analysis, and statistical software usage.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal, for effective presentation and report preparation.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, adept at building professional relationships and strong organizational abilities.
  • Proven project management experience, including multi-stakeholder and multi-country research coordination.
  • Self-motivated, capable of prioritizing tasks and managing multiple responsibilities.






Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant

When applying for this role, tailor your application to highlight your experience in gender and development economics, project management, and evidence-based policy-making. Showcase your ability to effectively communicate complex findings to diverse audiences. Share examples of successful multi-stakeholder collaboration and innovative problem-solving. Lastly, ensure your CV and motivation letter clearly demonstrate how your background aligns with AFIDEP’s mission for women’s economic empowerment.

Ready to make a meaningful impact? Apply now! Send your motivation letter and detailed CV with three relevant referees to: Application deadline: August 18, 2023. Please use the job title as the email subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AFIDEP is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not charge any fees during the recruitment process

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