Deadline: 20 October, 2021

Location: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is seeking to fill the role of Chief Research Economist.

Established in 1964, the AfDB is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent.

AfDB’s mission is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs).

  • Initiate, oversee and contribute to research projects focusing on macroeconomics issues using established and proven quantitative techniques/methods
  • Lead the preparation of flagship publications and knowledge products such as the African Economic Outlook, African Development Report, books, reports, etc
  • Lead the design and construction of a suite of structural macro-econometric models,
  • Provide senior management and regional member countries with comparative research analysis, socio-economic data and macroeconomic projections of the most widely used socio-economic parameters relating to Africa’s economies and bank group operations
  • Deliver inputs in collaborative research and knowledge management activities carried out jointly with regional and international organisations, research and capacity building institutions in Africa, development research centres and universities
  • Provide support and input to regional, investment and technical assistance project teams on macroeconomic issues related to country/regional context, macroeconomic trends, country, region or sector-specific analysis
  • Carry out simulations and forecasts based on the models developed and lead in disseminating results and provide advice to the bank’s senior management and regional member countries to strengthen policy dialogue
  • Represent the division in country teams and interdepartmental working groups within the bank
  • Support the dissemination of knowledge products, such as African Economic Outlook, African Development Report, books, etc
  • Organise internal research seminars and/or international conferences such as the African Economic conference on development policy issues
  • Contribute to the training and capacity development activities in the bank and in regional member countries
  • Publish research output in the bank’s working paper series and reputable peer-review journals
  • Organise and contribute to international and regional conferences, seminars and workshops
  • Write briefs for senior management on economic development issues  and review  policy documents
  • Prepare funding request proposals to mobilise research funds from other organisations and agencies
  • Assist in the management of the division’s HR and financial affairs and mentor junior staff


  • Master’s degree in Economics, Economic Modelling, Macroeconomics, Development Macroeconomics, or a related field
  • PhD in economics will be a plus
  • Seven years, minimum, of professional experience in development policy research and analysis with focus on Africa or low-income countries
  • Experience in handling macroeconomic modelling and macroeconomic research will be a plus
  • Strong publications record in reputable peer-review journals
  • Experience in international financial institutions will be an added advantage
  • Extensive practical knowledge of advanced econometric methods and ability to handle, process and analyse large-time-series datasets using packages such as Matlab, R, Stata, and Eviews
  • Ability to lead the identification of appropriate methods and techniques to conduct cutting edge empirical research and present the results
  • Capacity to come up with innovative research ideas and techniques to improve research outcomes
  • Willingness to learn and take advice from the supervisor and peers
  • Capacity to work independently and meet tight deadlines
  • Fluency in French or English
  • Competence in the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc

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