Principal Investigator – African Transformation Report 4

Job Posted: November 11, 2022

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) seeks to recruit a Principal Investigator (PI) of the 2024 African Transformation Report. The report will focus on gender equity/equality and economic transformation. This position is a fixed-term contract of 12 months.

About ACET

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is an economic policy institute supporting Africa’s long-term growth through transformation. We produce research, offer policy advice, and galvanize action for African countries to develop their economies, reduce poverty, and improve livelihoods for all their people. We are the pre-eminent African organization advancing African solutions to African challenges.

Background of the African Transformation Report:

The African Transformation Report (ATR) is one of ACET’s three flagship products. It is produced every three years to lay out pathways and practical frameworks to support African economic transformation. There have been three ATRs to date –

  • Growth with DEPTH, (ACET, 2014) broke new ground by defining African transformation in empirical terms and highlighted four drivers to accelerate transformation for African countries to be tailored to their national contexts.
  • Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation, (ACET, 2017) laid out a blueprint for sectoral transformation in agriculture, one of the key pathways identified in Growth with DEPTH. It introduced gender as a cross-cutting issue. This report earned ACET the 2018 Prospect Think Tank Award.
  • Integrating to Transform, (ACET, 2021) focused on the catalytic effect regional integration may have if deployed to solve shared challenges and to harness shared opportunities.

ATRs are analytically robust reports aimed at both technical and non-technical users.

Job Title Principal Investigator – ATR4
Reporting Line Director of Research
Location Accra or Remote
Job Summary

The Principal Investigator (PI) for the ATR4 will be responsible for developing ACET’s foundational work on gender equity and equality in Africa. S/he will lead a small team of ACET resources to produce a robust report.

Roles and Responsibilities

Specifically, the Principal Investigator will:

  • In consultation with ACET Management Committee (MC) and Head of the Gender Equality program, develop and define the primary thesis of the ATR
  • Ensure intellectual rigor and quality of background papers by
      • Agreeing with the MC and ATR oversight committee the topics for background papers
      • Coordinating the selection of suitable experts to develop high quality analytical papers
      • Leading quality control of background papers review
      • Managing and overseeing the peer review and feedback process for the background papers
  • Oversee drafting of the ATR4 in consultation with MC and ATR oversight committee
  • Manage the timely delivery of the ATR4 with respect to quality, budget, and timeline by
      • Producing the annotated outline and drafting the full report
      • Managing the feedback collation and resolution process
      • Collaborating with the relevant ACET resources (both internal and external) to produce the final report
  • Drive alignment with ACET and funder processes including but not limited to progress reporting, procurement processes, HR policies, and financing regulations
  • In agreement with MC, any other ATR processes that might require input/oversight of the PI.
The Talented Individual
Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • A Masters or DPhil/PhD in economics with a focus on gender or a gender specialist with over 8 years of policy experience
  • A track record of delivering intellectually rigorous and robust forward-looking analytical pieces
  • Experience working on gender and economic transformation issues and a demonstrated understanding of the existing gaps at the gender and economics intersection in Africa
  • A proven track record of successfully collaborating with cross functional teams to deliver a high-quality analytical product
  • Demonstrated ability to translate technical analysis for a non-technical audience
  • Research experience in multiple African countries
  • Robust access to a network of gender and economics experts in Africa
  • Ability to travel.

ACET is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusion and diversity in the workplace. We have a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination and harassments of any kind.


Interested applicants should email their CV and an accompanying Cover Letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the position to Contact details of 3 references will also be required. The closing date for the receipt of applications is Wednesday, 7th December, 2022. Interviews will be held either virtually or in-person if the candidate is based in Ghana. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.






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