Career opportunity at PEP: Economist to lead impact evaluation project in Africa (based in Kenya)

Apply before September 30, 2014

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The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) seeks a highly qualified economist to conduct ex-post impact evaluation of agricultural and rural development interventions for productive employment and poverty reduction in Eastern and Southern Africa.

The successful candidate will lead the analysis of program impacts of various interventions in selected countries (Ethiopia, Kenya and Madagascar) and collaborate with local and international partners in implementing collaborative projects for poverty reduction and productive employment in integrated supply chains.

The position will be based at PEP Global Office - hosted by the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) - in Nairobi, Kenya. The position will report to the Executive Director of PEP and work with development researchers in the global network.

The position is for an initial fixed-term of 2 years, renewable based on performance and availability of funds. This will be an international position (hosted by icipe) and will offer an attractive and competitive package, with tax free privileges for expatriate staff in Kenya.

The job will require that you:
  • Review existing literature and generate knowledge about the patterns of diffusion of technological and institutional innovations.
  • Develop approaches (including an RCT) to effectively assess the social and economic impacts of targeted interventions and build capacity of partners through training and research.
  • Work with other scientists and evaluate the multidimensional impacts of priority interventions, including their distributional effects especially on the livelihoods of resource poor farmers, consumers and women.
  • Develop strategies, policy options and recommendations to set research priorities, guide policy decisions, and stimulate widespread adoption of targeted innovations.
  • Publish and communicate your research findings to inform evidence based policy choices and program design for clients.
  • •    Contribute to strategy and project development to increase the relevance and policy impact of PEP programs. 
We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:
  • PhD in applied economics (development or Agricultural Economics or related discipline) from a highly recognized university.
  • Relevant postdoctoral experience of at least 2 years (Associate Scientist) or publications record for a postdoc position.
  • Demonstrated contributions to applied agricultural economics through relevant publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Good knowledge in experimental (RCT) and non-experimental evaluation methods and interest to contribute to research in the area of markets, trade and agricultural development for inclusive growth and poverty reduction.
  • Extensive knowledge of statistical analysis and modeling methods and software (e.g. STATA, GAMS, etc) for impact studies at micro and macro levels. Knowledge of other analytical methods including CGE modeling will be an addition.
  • Good understanding of the challenges of poverty, productive employment, income growth and transformation in developing countries.
  • An effective innovative and energetic team player with the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment which may involve travel and interaction with farmers.
  • Excellent oral communication and writing skills in English to express complex concepts in simple terms. Knowledge of French will be an advantag

Apply no later than September 30, 2014, but will be open until position is filled.

Please submit a cover letter with your (detailed) CV/resume, as well as full contact details of three references. Applications can be submitted by email to

For more information or inquiries, contact Dr. Bekele Shiferaw (  




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