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Position: Research and Analysis Specialist / Economist
Reporting to: Head of Social and Economic Analysis Team
Location: Orpington, Greater London
Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
About Development Pathways
Development Pathways is an international consultancy organisation with a wealth of expertise in the areas of social protection, poverty and vulnerability analysis, social development, management information systems, research and training. We are committed to innovative, progressive and evidence-based social policy and aim to influence international debates on social policy through our website and participation in international fora. We combine country-specific social and political analysis with lessons learnt from extensive international experience in order to ensure that policies and programmes are robust and benefit the most vulnerable, including children, women and persons with disabilities.
Our team has worked extensively across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America on assignments for a range of clients, including United Nations agencies (UNICEF, WFP, ILO, UNDP, UNDESA) and development banks (World Bank, ADB), government donors (e.g. DFID, DFAT), and international NGOs (e.g. HelpAge, Save the Children). Development Pathways is also a consortium partner in the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) programme in Uganda; the Capacity and Policy Development Facility (CPDF) in Rwanda; the Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) in Kenya; and the Mahkota social protection programme in Indonesia.
We currently have 24 staff members, working alongside a global network of trusted consultants. Our offices are located in Orpington (Greater London, United Kingdom) and Nairobi (Kenya). As an employer, we put our staff first and are committed to flexible working practices and developing our staff’s professional capabilities.
About the Position
The Research and Analysis Specialist / Economist will play a key role in the development, implementation and management of high-quality and innovative research and analytical work on social and economic issues in low- and middle-income countries, under the direction of the Head of Social and Economic Analysis.
The successful candidate will become part of a team that loves working with data and applying economic tools and research methods to solve interesting challenges and provide our clients with the solutions and advice they need. She/he will collaborate closely with the three existing members of the Social and Economic Analysis team, as well as other specialists and external consultants, for the delivery of projects.
Examples of our recent work include: poverty and inequality profiles; costing tools and micro-simulations of the impact of social protection schemes; multisectoral situation analyses of children, older people, and persons with disabilities; country baseline reports for the global Sustainable Development Goals; large-scale household surveys on food security in refugee settlements; and impact evaluation designs.
The post holder will have a strong background in data analysis and research methods, in a field related to social and/or economic policy. She/he will be expected to work in our office in Orpington (south-east London). The role may also involve international travel for project-related purposes.
Main Responsibilities and Duties
• Lead and/or contribute to technical inputs for consultancy assignments (70%):
- Develop background research and literature reviews;
- Design research methodologies, household surveys, and other tools;
- Conduct quantitative data analysis;
- Coordinate preparations for missions and field research;
- Prepare training and workshop materials;
- Draft written outputs for reports and briefings.
• Develop internal research and contribute to analytical innovations (15%):
- Author and/or contribute to the development of Pathways’ own publications (‘Perspectives’) and writing of blogs;
- Participate in the rollout of new analytical tools and software (such as statistical programming languages and data visualisations);
- Actively participate in bi-weekly technical sessions and relevant conferences and events.
• Contribute to business development processes (10%):
- Draft written inputs for expressions of interest and proposals for new work opportunities.
• Undertake other duties within the scope of the position (5%).
• Knowledge and qualifications:
- Post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline.
- Understanding and familiarity with key concepts and debates in economic and social development.
- Highly proficient in research methods and approaches.
- Knowledge of at least one statistical software package (e.g. Stata, SPSS, R).
- Demonstrated experience in producing high quality research outputs.
- Significant experience in the management and analyses of data to support policy advice and recommendations.
- Some overseas field experience with international development organisations desirable.
• Skills and abilities:
- Excellent English writing skills and proven ability to draft policy-oriented reports.
- Solid analytical skills with demonstrated ability to work with diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
- Comfortable working in a small team, with an ability to work on own initiative and under minimal supervision, to accept responsibility and to respond with confidence to complex and evolving problems.
- Willingness and ability to travel internationally, which may include overnight and weekends on occasion.
Terms of Employment and Benefits
Recruitment will be at the mid- or senior-level, with the applicable grade to be assessed through the selection process, to reflect the level of experience, responsibility and international reputation of the individual.
Along with a competitive salary, the successful candidate would receive an attractive package of the following:
• Entry into the company pension scheme;
• Entry into the company bonus scheme;
• Flexible working hours;
• 30 days holiday in a year (excluding public/bank holidays);
• Company laptop;
• And, upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period of 6 months, access into the company private health insurance scheme.
The successful candidate may be expected to travel overseas on work-related assignments, up to a maximum of around 8 weeks spread over a year.
Equality and diversity is at the core of Development Pathways’ values. In the selection of our staff, we are committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Our staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.
How to apply
We invite interested candidates who meet the requirements to email their applications to email@example.com
Applications should include:
1. A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this position, and how your recent relevant experience and skills meet the requirements for this position;
2. A Curriculum Vitae (maximum of two pages) specifying your qualifications, education and relevant work experience;
3. At least one sample of previous written work (for example, a research paper or policy brief);
4. Names, email addresses and day-time contact numbers for two referees, one of them being your current line manager/supervisor;
5. Please note that this position is open to those who have the right to reside and work in the UK, so relevant proof of such is expected with the application.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a successful candidate may be selected prior to the closing date. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a brief technical assessment and to participate in an interview.
Due to the high number of applications expected, unfortunately, only successful candidates will be contacted.
Organisation Development Pathways Limited
Country United Kingdom