Posted 2 years ago

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), an economic policy institute based in Accra, Ghana, seeks to fill the position of Chief Economist. Africa’s economic transformation (i.e., high productivity and employment-rich growth, economic diversification, technological upgrading, and international competitiveness) requires ambitious and innovative approaches to development strategy and economic policy. ACET provides provide high quality research, policy analysis, and advice to African policy makers and economic actors to help meet this challenge.

Job Summary

The Chief Economist works with the President and ACET’s management team to provide the vision, leadership, technical competence and management skills required to achieve ACET’s objectives. The selected candidate will provide intellectual leadership relating to all aspects of economics and productive sectors within ACET, as well as contribute to project conception, design, funding, implementation, and quality assurance. He/she will personally lead ACET’s flagship reports, and contribute to a wide range of analysis and advisory products.

The Chief Economist will also be responsible for strengthening working relationships with other multilateral, and bilateral organizations – including specialized agencies such the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, the African Economic Research Consortium, the African Development Bank, the World Bank and other International Financial Institutions—and engage with academia and relevant bodies in the pursuit of continuing to strengthen ACET’s economic expertise. The Chief Economist reports to the President of ACET.

Areas of Responsibility

More specifically, she/he will:

  1. Provide intellectual leadership.
    • Help frame and implement an appropriate economic research and analysis agenda that continues to position ACET as a premier think tank in Africa.
    • Continually monitor and curate analysis of key economic data covering the globe, major trading regions, and Africa to inform and guide ACET’s policies and operations, and ensure it is focused on “leading edge” development topics.
    • Be a “voice for ACET” by disseminating research findings and related transformation analysis, including through speeches, seminars, articles, op-eds, and social media.
    • Work with the President and other members of senior leadership to identify and prioritize project opportunities that support ACET’s role as an intellectual leader.
  2. Drive cutting edge research.
    • Lead research in economic transformation, ranging from theoretical and methodological issues to applied policy analysis.
    • Lead the production of ACET’s flagship reports and publications, including the African Transformation Report, as well as periodic reports which monitor developments in Africa and address key themes of ACET programs.
    • Assure the relevance and technical quality of ACET’s research, policy analysis, and reports through rigorous quality assurance review processes, including utilizing global experts as peer reviewers.
    • Provide forward-looking analysis and identify emerging trends.
    • Provide leadership and strategic guidance to the ACET research team and staff.
  3. Strengthen institutional ties.
    • Strengthen the network of ACET-associated economists, fellows, and experts by engaging them in discussions on the strategic definition of ACET’s work program and by securing their contribution to ACET’s research through reviews and quality assurance of analytical work and reports.
    • Lead collaboration and partnerships with African think tanks and policy institutes while also ensuring strong linkages between ACET and global think tanks, development partners, donors, and economic institutions.


The preferred candidate will meet the following criteria:

Education and Experience
  • Advanced degree (PhD) in Economics (with emphasis on growth, international trade, development, or macroeconomics, particularly public finance).
  • At least 10 years of post-PhD relevant professional working experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Strong technical economics skills, including quantitative, particularly statistical/econometric analysis.
  • A thorough understanding of both orthodox and heterodox growth and development economics.
  • A thorough understanding of macroeconomics and its relations to exchange rate and trade policies.
  • A proven track record of economic research and policy analysis; managing, supervising and mentoring researchers; and successful proposal-writing for grant applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

The Chief Economist will be based full-time in Accra. Periodic travel will be required.

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