The African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) is an economic policy institute supporting Africas long-term growth through transformation. We provide research, policy advice, and institutional strengthening for African countries to develop their economies, reduce poverty, and improve livelihoods. We are the pre-eminent pan-African organization advancing African solutions to African transformation challenges.
In our view, growth is not enough. Africa must also transform. Our long-term outcome is economic transformation and improved human wellbeing through diversified production, competitive exports, increased productivity, and upgraded technology
ACET is supported by multilateral and bilateral donors, and major foundations, and has its secretariat in Accra, Ghana.
Reporting to the Head of the Youth, Employment and Skills (YES) team, the Research Analyst (RA) will conduct research, support program activities, business development, and other activities that the YES team engages in within the program. The focus of these activities will be on using analysis to generate research products on youth and demographics, employment in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and key skill development mechanisms to enable Africa to move towards a 4IR-ready labour force. These research products can then provide the analytical underpinning for the YES teams advisory engagements with government agencies and other stakeholders, and can also provide inputs into ACETs broader advocacy platforms such as the Africa Transformation Forum (ATF) and PACT.
Specifically, the RA will:
Research key Youth, Employment and Skills areas such as secondary education and TVET.
Keep up to date with emerging trends in relation to education systems and the labour market.
Contribute to the YES Work Plans for the ACET Team and Research Partners
Serve as the coordinator for the YES PACT platform
Work with the ACET Programme Manager to develop project budgets
Coordinate ACET YES events with support from the events and communications teams in ACET
Create databases and write computer programmes for their easy retrieval and display
Conduct statistical analysis
Develop client presentations and other written deliverables
Any other duties or responsibilities that may be assigned from time to time in support of ACETs mission
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Education and Experience
Masters degree in Economics or related field. Being a labour economist will be an asset
At least two years experience working on youth employment programmes
Experience as a research analyst will be an advantage
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Good knowledge of youth employment issues and good understanding of economic fundamentals
Very good analytical and writing skills
Familiarity with basis statistical analysis
Ability to prepare decent reports, policy briefs, blogs, etc.
Demonstrated ability to work without supervision
Basic project management skills
Ability to work well with others
Good interpersonal skills
Good computer programming and database management skills including proficiency in STATA
Good presentation skills.
Benefits of working with ACET:
ACET is an independent, dynamic and responsive organization. The incumbent will have an exceptional opportunity to engage with policy makers at the highest levels in African countries. (S)he would enjoy the opportunity of shaping ACETs YES program and contributing to growing a young dynamic organization. ACET offers a competitive remuneration package. The contract is a full-time contract, with a 6-month initial probation period. The role is based in ACETs headquarters in Accra.