Economist

Name of Company/Organization: 
Building Markets-Liberia
Location for Performance: 
Monrovia
Deadline to Apply: 
Fri, 10/17/2014
Description of Job: 
Scope of Work: The Economist reports to the Market Research Manager and the Country Director and is responsible for providing economic development support to new and existing programs. Participate in the design of an overall strategy for the Ebola Economic Impact and Monitoring Assessment project (EEIMA). Assist in the development of new projects relating to private sector development Lead the development of demand and supply assessment tools. Participate in the collection of primary data from SMEs. Collect and prepare data to make it ready for analysis. Participate in data analysis and report writing.
Requirements: 
Duties and Responsibilities: The Economist position is required to provide insight and support to all Building Markets programs’ economic development. The Economist will actively participate in the design of assessment tools that capture the economic situation in Liberia, specifically with regards to the current Ebola outbreak and supplier assessment tool. The Economist will demonstrate strong data collection and analysis skills and have experience with private sector-related programs in Africa. Creative mindset: initiative-rich, energetic and efficient, results-oriented Critical Analysis: an ability to structure and find solutions to complex problems Communications: good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate, both verbal and written to national and international partners Capable of thinking “outside the box” and provide innovative approaches to programmatic and management challenges Comfortable working within the economic and financial frameworks of Liberia Required qualifications, skills and experience A University degree in economics, public administration or related field, and experience working with the informal sector or related field; Minimum 4 years of professional experience of Economist Experience in conducting studies, data analysis and report-writing; Excellent and interpersonal skills; Effective writing and organizational skills to prepare reports, complete analyses and make presentations. Excellent written and spoken English; and Computer/software skills, including the use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. An applicant having these preferred qualifications will receive additional consideration: Master’s degree preferred Previous experience working in the Liberian marketplace or a position in private sector development; Knowledge of Liberia’s informal sector development in recent years; Ability to adapt to changing needs and evolving concerns; Knowledge of data collection techniques including questionnaire administration, observational methods and facilitating focus group discussions for low literacy groups. Knowledge of data collection and analysis theory and methodology Experience with statistics database and software If you meet these qualifications, please send the following, attached in an email to liberia@buildingmarkets.org : (1) A letter of application in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format ONLY, under your own authorship; (2) A complete resume/CV in .doc, .docx, or.pdf format ONLY. This should be under your own authorship—candidates who cut and paste job descriptions, or falsify job history will not be considered; (3) Include (3) three names of professional references with email and contact phone numbers. (4) Please title your resume/CV as follows: “’LAST NAME, FIRST NAME’ CV for ‘JOB TITLE.’” Please title your cover letter “’LAST NAME, FIRST NAME’ COVER LETTER for ‘JOB TITLE.’” (5) The subject line of the email should read: “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME” and “Economist.” DO NOT SEND photographs, copies of diplomas or certificates, or other documents other than the above. DO NOT SEND any documents in .jpg, .gif, or any other file formats other than the above. DO NOT SUBMIT your application in person or otherwise contact BML unless you receive an email response. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further evaluation. This position is only for Liberian National The deadline for applications is 17th October, 2014 Submissions not fitting the above criteria, or those received after the deadline, will not be considered. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Note: Building Markets is an equal opportunity employer and therefore qualified Liberian women are strongly encouraged to apply!
Description of Company/Organization: 
Building Markets is a nonprofit organization that creates jobs and sustains peace by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to new business opportunities. Operating in over a dozen post-conflict and developing countries, Building Markets addresses the gaps between economic potential and access to opportunity through three channels: Building the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and breaking down information barriers preventing local suppliers from accessing business opportunities; Providing access to finance for local SMEs through credit training and loan guarantee programs; Facilitating foreign direct investment by sharing comprehensive local market data and enabling SMEs to integrate into international supply chains. Country Context Building Markets has worked in Liberia since 2011 with funding from Humanity United, BHP Billiton and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In Liberia, BM partners with the Government of Liberia, development organizations, local entrepreneurs and the private sector to provide innovative solutions to complex developmental challenges. Building Markets expects to receive new funding and potentially new programs in 2014.
Category: 
Research/Analysis
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