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  • Posted: Sep 21, 2022
    Deadline: Oct 14, 2022
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  • The African Center for Economic Transformation is a non-profit Accra-based think tank. ACET economists, researchers, and support staff advise African governmentsincluding Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Sierra Leoneon economic matters.


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    Director, Policy and Programs

     

    Role Purpose

    • ACET is seeking to recruit a Director of Policy and Programs to manage and coordinate ACET’s growing portfolio of programmes.
    • The position reports to the Senior Director of Research and Policy Engagements.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    Portfolio Management

    • The Director will have overall oversight of ACET’s thematic portfolio’s (, Private Sector Development, The Compact with Africa/Reform Partnership initiatives and areas under development – Gender, Innovation and Regional Integration). Key responsibilities will include:
    • Ensuring all projects are delivering on time and in line with ACET’s quality standard
    • Working with Heads of Programs to guide ACET’s programming and orientation and further develop and grow the ACET portfolio in line with the ACET Strategy
    • Ensure ACET’s portfolio of policy programs have clear theories of change (ToC) and aligned to the organizational ToC to facilitate effective impact management
    • Ensuring all projects are planned, implemented and completed within budget and scope.
    • Quality assurance – supervise, review and approve products and projects developed by the thematic teams before final submission to clients/partners.
    • Lead or contribute to selected projects – it is envisaged these will be new project areas under development or those that are ongoing but do not fit within a specific team.
    • Foster effective collaboration across the policy and programme teams and the research team
    • Work closely with ACET’s Programme Management Team to ensure projects are executed and delivered in accordance with ACET operational standards and strategic direction and monitored, measured and evaluated appropriately

    Research
    Working closely with the Director of Research, ensure:

    • Policy research conducted by the sectoral teams adhere to ACET’s research quality standards
    • ACET’s research agenda and its’ the policy and program agendas are strongly aligned.
    • Effective coordination between the two teams during the development of ACET’s flagship programmes – namely ATR, ATI and ATF.

    Policy Advise

    • Working closely with Heads of Programs and the Senior Director to ensure ACET’s policy advise to national governments and the private sector is robust, in line with global best practice and underpinned by solid evidence.

    Stakeholder Engagement and Management

    • In collaboration with ACET programme leads and the Senior Director ensure ACET is:
    • Effectively managing its portfolio donor and research partners – this might include (but not restricted to) consortia management, field visits and organising stakeholder platforms, workshops and validation meetings.
    • Ensuring effective client relationship management including robust communication of progress during the project cycle
    • Ensure ACET has a robust framework for identifying and managing its partnerships with partner policy institutes in Africa and globally.

    People Management

    • The Director will directly supervise the team leads in ACET and teams/experts involved in programs s/he is leading. This will include:
    • Assigning projects to ACET staff and consultants and managing programs to ensure effective delivery.
    • Identifying future human resource needs and skills within the policy and programme teams and working with HR to fill positions.
    • Working with the management team and HR to strengthen ACET’s database of consultants and researchers
    • Effective management of the policy & programme teams – including supporting career development of junior staff.

    Resource Mobilization
    The Director will:

    • Work with resource mobilization colleagues to identify and develop project proposals.
    • Effectively manage the costing of all proposals to ensure ACET meets its cost recovery targets.

    Publications and Reports

    • The Director will be required to contribute articles and papers for publication by ACET as well as contributing articles, blogs, policy notes by ACET partners. They will also mine past reports to inform the development of knowledge products and policy briefs

    Representing ACET

    • The Director will be required to represent ACET (in person and virtually) and serve a spokesperson for ACET on growth and DEPTH issues.


    Education, Qualifications & Experience
    Education and Experience

    • Advanced degree (PhD) in Economics (with emphasis on Growth or Microeconomics)
    • A minimum of 10 years of post-PhD policy-relevant working experience
    • Relevant professional experience in microeconomic or growth policy analysis and advice preferably gained with a development-oriented institution.
    • Proven experience in the formulation of country development strategies


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Intellectually curious
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills. A good working knowledge of French will be an advantage
    • A strong track record of working with clients and being results-oriented, with strong analytical skills and a keen sense of accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Ability to multitask with strong attention to detail, organization, time management and quality control
    • Commercially minded with a proven track record of successful resource management and effective project management
    • A strong and proven track record of effective people management and team leadership
    • Excellent attention to detail and ability to deliver high-quality work under pressure
    • Ability to handle both strategic and administrative tasks and issues
       

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    Director of Research

    Role Purpose

    • ACET is seeking to recruit a Director of Research. Reporting to the Senior Director – Research, Policy and Programs, the Director for Research will lead thought leadership and implementation of the ACET research portfolio.


    Duties and Responsibilities
    Research & Analyses

    • Have oversight for ACET’s economic management and governance portfolio. This will include managing staff and overseeing fellows working on the economic management and governance programmes and ensuring alignment with the ACET five-year Strategy and Theory of Change. Key programmes will include:
    • The Country Economic Transformation Outlooks
    • ACET’s update of growth with DEPTH framework
    • Climate Smart Agriculture
    • Public finance management and domestic resource mobilization]
    • In collaboration with the Chief Economic Advisor lead the development of ACET’s flagship report – the African Transformation Index.
    • In collaboration with the Director of Policy and Programmes lead the development of a policy research program, that is aligned to the ACET five-year Strategic Plan.
    • Contribute to the design of new ACET programs, initiatives and projects to ensure a strong technical grounding.
    • Set quality standards for ACET’ research in consultation with the Senior Director, Research, Policy and Programs and Chief Economic Advisor and ensure all ACET research meets the quality standard
    • Ensure the ACET economists and other technical team are kept up to date with economic trends in Africa and use it to inform transformation analysis in Africa.
    • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of a database of outstanding research analysts, economists and sector specialists across Africa and globally that ACET can draw upon

    Development & Supervision of Research Team

    • The Director will directly supervise economists in ACET and teams involved in economic management and governance programs. This will include:
    • Assigning projects to ACET staff and consultants and managing programs to ensure effective delivery.
    • Identifying future human resource needs and skills within the Research Team and working with HR to fill positions.
    • Working with the management team and HR to strengthen ACET’s database of consultants and researchers
    • Effective management of the research team – including supporting career development of junior staff.

    Resource Mobilization and Portfolio management
    The Director will:

    • Work with resource mobilization colleagues to identify and develop project proposals.
    • Effectively manage the costing of all proposals to ensure ACET meets its cost recovery targets.
    • Develop and oversee policies, procedures, workplans and budgets for the research team.

    Publications and Reports

    • The Director will be required to contribute articles and papers for publication by ACET as well as contributing articles, blogs, policy notes by ACET partners. They will also mine past reports to inform the development of knowledge products and policy briefs

    Representing ACET

    • The Director will be required to represent ACET (in person and virtually) and serve as a spokesperson for ACET on growth and DEPTH issues and on the economic management and governance portfolio.


    Education, Qualifications & Experience
    Education and Experience

    • Advanced degree (PhD) in Economics (with emphasis on Growth, International Trade, Development, or Macroeconomics, particularly public finance)
    • A minimum of 10 years of post-PhD policy relevant working experience
    • Proven experience in research with strong record of publications in referred journals
    • Relevant professional experience in macroeconomic or growth policy analysis and advice, preferably gained with a development-oriented institution.
    • Proven experience in the formulation of country development strategies
    • Extensive experience and a proven track record of effective people management and team leadership
    • Extensive experience and proven track record of programme management


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Intellectually curious
    • Strong competence in modern econometrics
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills. A good working knowledge of French will be an advantage
    • A strong track record of working with clients and being results oriented, with strong analytical skills and a keen sense of accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Ability to multitask with strong attention to detail, organization, time management and quality control
    • Commercially minded with a proven track record of successful resource management and effective project management
    • Excellent attention to detail and ability to deliver high-quality work under pressure
    • Ability to handle both strategic and administrative tasks and issues

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