Research Officer – Economist

Full Time

African Institute for Development Policy

AFIDEP (African Institute for Development Policy) is seeking a dynamic and skilled Research Officer – Economist to join our team. This role is integral to a groundbreaking initiative focused on advancing women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in East and West Africa. As a key contributor, you will play a crucial role in shaping AFIDEP’s WEE program through research, analysis, advocacy, and capacity building.

Position Overview

  • Location: Nairobi or Lilongwe office
  • Role: Research Officer – Economist
  • Initiative: Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Program

Key Responsibilities

1. Landscape Study Development

  • Collaborate on conceptualizing and designing landscape studies for WEE in East and West Africa.
  • Participate in literature reviews, in-depth interviews, data analysis, and report writing for the landscape study.
  • Engage with WEE stakeholders in Africa through consultations.

2. Dissemination and Publication

  • Assist in sharing landscape study findings via stakeholder dialogues and journal publications.
  • Contribute to dialogue events and communicate results effectively.

3. WEE Program Implementation

  • Contribute to designing WEE projects based on landscape study outcomes.
  • Actively participate in project conceptualization, fundraising, and implementation.
  • Contribute to macroeconomic analyses to make gender-responsive policy recommendations.
  • Facilitate capacity development sessions for evidence-based policymaking, programming, and advocacy.

4. Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy

  • Collaborate with governmental agencies and leaders to provide technical support.
  • Craft high-quality technical briefs, reports, and presentations for policymakers.

5. Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Lead the planning of productive policy dialogues on WEE.
  • Monitor, learn, and evaluate the WEE program’s progress, integrating lessons into future work.
  • Contribute to progress reports for funding partners.


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Development Economics, or related fields (e.g., Gender & Development).
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in gender-focused research and advocacy.
  • Profound understanding of gender and macroeconomic policy issues.
  • Strong analytical skills, including experience with statistical software and modeling.
  • Excellent communication and presentation abilities, both technical and non-technical.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, organizational capabilities, and relationship-building proficiency.
  • Proven track record of managing multi-stakeholder, multi-country research projects.
  • Independent worker with excellent prioritization and multitasking skills.

Application Details

To apply, please send a motivation letter reflecting your suitability for the position, along with a comprehensive CV that includes three relevant referees, to: no later than August 18, 2023. Indicate the job title in the email subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Employer

AFIDEP is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. We do not charge any fees during the recruitment process.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant

  • Highlight Relevant Experience: Emphasize your prior experience in gender-focused research and advocacy to showcase your suitability for the role.
  • Demonstrate Analytical Skills: Highlight your analytical abilities and experience with statistical software and modeling tools.
  • Showcase Communication Skills: Provide examples of your effective communication through presentations, reports, and other documents.
  • Stress Stakeholder Engagement: Illustrate your past success in collaborating with stakeholders and building relationships.
  • Illustrate Independence: Showcase instances where you’ve managed complex projects independently.
  • Address the Requirements: Ensure your application directly addresses the listed requirements in the job description.
  • Personalize Your Application: Tailor your motivation letter to specifically address AFIDEP’s WEE initiative.
  • Meet the Deadline: Submit your application before the deadline (August 18, 2023) to be considered for this exciting opportunity.

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