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Research Economist

FSD Kenya
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Last Date: November 19, 2010


The opportunity
Established in early 2005, FSD Kenya aims to support the development of inclusive financial markets in Kenya as a means to stimulate wealth creation and reduce poverty. Working in partnership with the financial services industry our goal is to significantly expand access to services among lower income households and smaller scale enterprises. FSD undertakes a considerable amount of research to support the development of more inclusive financial markets in Kenya. The results have contributed to shaping Government policy, the strategy and operations of financial service providers and improving the design and impact of our own projects.

We need an experienced researcher with a background in economics to help develop our expanding research programme. Based full time in Nairobi, Kenya and reporting to FSD’s Senior Research Specialist, the position will involve managing a range of research activities from national surveys though to in-depth market analysis; supporting the wider FSD team and our partners on research issues; and linking to the wider research community.

Who we need
We’re looking for someone with a strong and relevant research background motivated to apply these skills to solving practical development problems and making a difference. You will need to be both a ‘thinker’ and a ‘doer’. You will have:
* A relevant academic qualification (minimum Master’s degree),
* Demonstrated ability to conduct relevant empirical research (ideally including at least two years post qualification),
* Experience using a wide range of quantitative research methods relevant to the study of financial inclusion in developing/emerging economies, and
* Excellent spoken and written English.

If you think you could be the right person for this role then send a covering letter and CV by e-mail to Lydiah Kiok ( Please put “Research Economist” in the subject line. FSD is an equal opportunities employer. Applications must be received no later than Friday, 19th November 2010.

FSD Kenya operates as an independent Trust registered in Kenya under the supervision of professional trustees, with policy guidance from its programme investment committee. Finance is provided by a number of leading development agencies including the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation together with the Government of Kenya. Further information can be obtained at our web site.


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