ACET Transformation Fellow (STEG)

Posted 9 months ago

ACET is seeking a Transformation Fellow to undertake research under the ‘Structural Transformation and Economic Growth’ (STEG) consortium program.


ACET is an economic policy institute supporting Africa’s long-term growth through economic transformation. We undertake 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 a pre-eminent pan-African organization advancing African solutions to African challenges.

ACET’s approach to Africa’s development is that to be successful it needs to combine growth with DEPTH, meaning: i) Diversification away from a narrow productive and export structure focused on primary commodities; Export competitiveness to capture markets and generate higher incomes to support investments in skills, capital, and technology; increased Productivity to sustain higher incomes and structural transformation; Technological upgrading to sustain higher productivity, structural transformational and export competitiveness; and improvements in Human wellbeing resting on increasing incomes per capita and employment, less inequality, gender equity, as well as better health and education, peace, justice, security, and the environment.

ACET is a member of a consortium that launched a 5-year research program in March 2021 titled ‘Structural Transformation and Economic Growth’ (STEG) funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The other 6 members of the consortium are the Center for Economic Policy Research, Oxford University (Oxford Department of International Development and the Centre for the Study of African Economies), University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Groningen University (the Groningen Growth and Development Centre).

The overall goal of STEG is to provide a better understanding of structural change, productivity, and economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. The program will do this by undertaking research that help governments, NGOs, and the private sector to develop policies and strategies to facilitate productivity gains, structural change, and sustainable economic growth. STEG will commission research in two ways—through competitive open calls and through research undertaken by the consortium members. The research will cover the following six thematic areas: data, measurement, and conceptual framing; firms, industry policy, frictions and spillovers; labor and household level structural transformation; agricultural productivity and sectoral gaps; trade and spatial frictions, and; political economy and public investment.

The focus countries for the policy engagements include Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia and Uganda. The program will also examine the experiences of middle- and high-income countries such as China, Korea and Brazil to see if there can be valuable lessons and best practices to inform the policy choices and strategic directions of today’s developing countries. Key objectives of the project include contributing to global understanding of structural change and influencing the debate on structural change amongst a wide policy and research audience both in low- and middle-income countries.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Research (DoR), the ACET/STEG Fellow will contribute to the achievement of the project’s objectives by helping ACET to undertake high quality research on structural change, publish research papers in leading economic journals, and produce briefs highlighting specific transformative policy and strategies for developing countries. The Fellow will be responsible for work on specific research topics identified by ACET senior staff. She/He will also be required to support ACET’s research by collaborating/partnering with networks of experts and think-tanks in Africa and elsewhere working on growth and transformation issues.


Research & Analyses

The Fellow will

  • Undertake research on topics on economic transformation identified as relevant to ACET and the STEG program.
  • Lead and/or participate in cross-country or country specific research on issues of economic transformation.
  • Assist and participate in activities related to country engagements arising from the STEG research.
  • Support ACET’s research by collaborating/partnering with networks of experts and African and international think-tanks working on growth and economic transformation issues.
Research dissemination and policy outreach

The Fellow will be expected to contribute to seminars, working and/or discussion papers, blogs and policy briefs for publication on ACET’s website as well as peer reviewed articles in recognized  journals, in accordance with an agreed workplan.

Qualification, Skills and Experience

Education and Experience
  • Advanced Degree (minimum Masters’) in Economics or a related field such as Business, Public Policy and International relations
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience.
  • Specifically, previous research and publishing experience will be advantageous.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong technical and quantitative skills – in particular knowledge of statistical and econometric techniques and their use in economic analysis.
  • Excellent written and oral and communication skills, especially for writing academic reports.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills including the ability to tailor it to various audiences.
  • Leadership capabilities demonstrated track record of working in a team as well as independently, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to share technical knowledge, expertise and best practices.
  • Intellectually curious, innovative and ability to work in a constantly evolving environment.
  • Proficiency in English both written and oral, knowledge of French is a plus.
  • Good time management skills, ability to multi-task, and to work under time pressure.

Scope of services

  • This is a competitively compensated full time position for a duration of twelve (12) months with a potential extension depending on performance and budget allowing.
  • For the first 12 months the successful candidate may be located outside of Ghana, but a reallocation to Accra may become a requirement in the subsequent year (if extension is granted); occasional visits to Accra or a research country may be required even during the first year, depending on the research workplan.

Interested applicants should email their CV and an accompanying cover letter to

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Friday, 12th November, 2021.

*Women are strongly encouraged to apply

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