Call for Services of a Research Assistant

Accra, Ghana
Posted 2 years ago

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), an economic policy institute based in Accra – Ghana, seeks the services of a Research Analyst for a temporary assignment to support a team that is working to update the African Transformation Index (ATI).  This is a full-time role for a period of three months and has an immediate start date. 


In its inaugural 2014 African Transformation Report, ACET noted that economic transformation is necessary for growth to be sustainable and poverty reducing. ACET defines economic transformation as “a process of sustained high economic growth, increasing technological sophistication, diversification and international competitiveness that creates jobs and shared prosperity”. To track economic transformation thus defined, ACET introduced the ATI, a composite of five elements defined by the acronym DEPTH: Diversification, Exports Competitiveness, Productivity, Technology and Human economic well-being improvements.

The first edition of the ATI was launched in 2014 through the debut African Transformation Report, and the ongoing updating process is the first to be undertaken since then. It is to include new data and some selected new variables (including gender disaggregation) to strengthen the ability of the indicator to capture the facts of African economic transformation.

Areas of Responsibility

The Research Analyst shall perform the following tasks;

  1. Collect economic statistical data on African Economies, from national and international sources and undertake its cleaning and other data scrutiny and transformation tasks as guided by the researchers.
  2. Write and/or run Stata scripts/programs to execute the task in A or any other tasks assigned by the researchers and team leader and draft the analysis of the results of the computations.
  3. Collect, review and summarize the literature on the statistical methods and economic theory in support of the technical process and the write up of the ATI Technical Report.
  4. Assist the researchers and the team leader in drafting the ATI Technical Report and presentations, as directed.
  5. Organize the data and reports written out on the first edition of the ATI launched in 2014.

The preferred candidate will meet the following criteria;

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Economics, with a focus on economic statistics, econometrics, development economics (with a strong quantitative component).
  • At least 3 years of experience working in academia, public sector organizations at central and/or sector level, as research assistant, government officer/ technician, or as staff or consultant in regional, international development organizations, in Africa and/or other developing country regions
  • Knowledge and experience of sourcing and working with large datasets from national and international organizations is required.
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office Tools (mainly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) is a must.
  • Experience of working with (Stata to at least intermediate level) in data management and statistical or econometric work is a strong requirement. Experience with Python and/or R are additional advantages.
  • Good ability to read, write and speak English is also required (French is an additional complementary asset)
  • Ability and experience to work intensively virtually, to cooperate within a team, and to comply with tight delivery schedules.
  • Good interpersonal skills. 

About ACET

Africa’s economic transformation requires ambitious and innovative approaches to development strategy and economic policy in a rapidly evolving regional context. The African Center for Economic Transformation provides high-quality research, policy analysis, and advice to African policy makers and economic actors to help meet this challenge.


Interested applicants should email their CV and an accompanying cover letter to . The closing date for the receipt of all applications is 16th October, 2020. 

Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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