Social Scientist/ Economist/ ResearcherIDinsight
IDinsight is a mission-driven global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps global development leaders maximize their social impact. They tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. They work with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. IDinsight work spans a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, financial inclusion, and other areas.
They have expertise in a variety of rigorous approaches and methodologies, which they tailor to each client depending on their needs and constraints. To achieve a positive social impact they:
Their diverse, growing team of roughly 180 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world. Learn more about their mission and values at www.IDinsight.org.
About the role
IDinsight Social Scientists (hereafter “Researcher”) are experts in quantitative and qualitative research tools who support a large portfolio of projects across diverse geographies, sectors, and methodologies. This position may allow for specialization along any or all of these dimensions.
The Researcher will be required to think critically about how to maximize methodological rigor given their clients’ time, operational, political and budget constraints. The ideal candidate should love having many different types of problems thrown at them, be able to quickly digest and understand the program and evidence objectives, and provide advice and guidance on how best to proceed.
The Researcher will be an important member of IDinsight’s Technical Team. The Technical Team is responsible for ensuring that the services they provide to clients are statistically and methodologically sound.
Locations: Preference for Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia; or Rabat, Morocco. Willing to consider candidates in remote locations outside of these offices.
The role holder will be expected to fulfill these responsibilities and others with professionalism and on strict deadlines. He or she will also be expected to propose, design and implement new initiatives for supporting project teams and increasing the technical rigor of IDinsight’s work.
Professional development for Researchers is essential for IDinsight’s long-term impact. With support from IDinsight leadership, Researchers maintain self-directed professional development plans and are given ‘’stretch’’ opportunities designed to strengthen their professional skills. Real-time feedback and structured reviews are regularly provided to maximize each Researcher’s expertise. IDinsight’s entrepreneurial culture allows roles and career progression to be tailored to individual strengths, interests, and goals. Researchers have the opportunity to increase responsibilities, and high performers will have the opportunity to move up in the organization along technical, managerial, or client-facing paths.
Opportunities to protect a small portion of time for the candidate to work on their own research agenda may be possible.
Does this sound like you?
IDInsight prefers for this position to be based in one of IDinsight’s offices (Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia; or Rabat, Morocco). However, they are willing to consider candidates in remote locations outside of these offices based on candidate needs and preferences. Preference will be given to those with pre-existing work authorization in these countries; however, IDInsight will seek work permits where possible for exceptional candidates.
Persons of all gender, race, sex, orientation, age, and identity are encouraged to apply.
IDinsight helps leaders combat poverty worldwide by designing, deploying and promoting evidence-generating tools. It tailors the best methodologies to partner needs and constraints to fuse evidence with action. IDinsight serves governments, NGOs, foundations and social businesses across Africa and Asia in all major program areas including health, education, agriculture, livelihoods, finance, energy and governance.
IDinsight's diverse, growing team of over 150 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world.
Learn more about the organization's impact at www.IDinsight.org.