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Senior Applied Economist

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The IRIS Center
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Last Date: March 16, 2011
Email: resume@iris.umd.edu (Reference: DevNetJobs.org)

 

Position Announcement: Senior Applied Economist
University of Maryland, College Park

Background
The IRIS Center (http://www.iris.umd.edu/) is a research and advisory center located in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. IRIS works to understand and facilitate economic growth and democratic development in poor and transition countries, focusing on the role of institutions — the formal and informal rules by which individuals organize economic, political, and social activity.

IRIS is seeking a Senior Applied Economist with direct experience designing and leading studies involving experimental & quasi experimental designs and mixed-methodology to evaluate progress and assess impacts of development projects in developing countries.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Lead the design and implementation of impact assessment studies to help donors, grantees, and clients improve their products and services.
• Direct the analysis and reporting of results in response to client needs and specifications.
• Ensure timely and appropriate implementation using quantitative and qualitative tools and experimental (randomized and quasi and natural) designs.
• Provide guidance to a team of researchers, survey firms and field staff to assess progress and results and prepare reports.
• Coordinate with IRIS colleagues and Program Manager on staff management, project timelines and resources.
• Liaise with donors, professionals, and colleagues on work progress.
• Present research as appropriate in academic and professional forum, research journals and other publications, or web blogs.
• Contribute substantively to new business development initiatives, including writing and editing grant proposals and recruiting expertise as needed.

Preferred Qualifications
• Phd in applied economics or related field.
• Expert in the field of rigorous program evaluations.
• 5-10 years of experience applying quantitative methods in international development work, with at least 5 of those years in experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation designs that incorporate rigorous statistical methods.
• Publications demonstrating use of experimental (randomized, quasi or natural) designs and latest quantitative methods.
• Prior supervisory and project management experience.
• Ability to work well within a team and with multicultural colleagues in a respectful and collegial manner.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• Fluency in at least one other language commonly used in one or more developing countries (Spanish, French, Arabic, etc…).

Other Requirements
• Must be eligible to work in the United States.
• Must be willing to travel at least 20% of the time.

Application Process
Please submit a CV, cover letter, and salary history in three (3) separate documents to resume@iris.umd.edu with “Senior Applied Economist” in the subject heading.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.

 

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