Laterite Senior Research Associate Jobs in Ethiopia

Laterite Senior Research Associate Jobs in Ethiopia


Laterite is looking for an experienced professional to provide strategic direction, oversee research projects, and lead and mentor research teams. This position can be based in our office in Kigali, Rwanda, or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

About Laterite

Laterite is a data, research, and analytics firm specializing in complex development challenges. We work with universities, global think tanks, international NGOs, multilateral donor organizations, and government ministries and agencies. Our clients include, for example, the World Bank, USAID, TechnoServe, Promundo, the Mastercard Foundation, and several UN agencies.

We currently have offices in the Netherlands, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. The team brings together more than 80 full-time local and international staff, as well as 1,000+ enumerators across all countries. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization, and we welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in our team.

We work in socio-economic development research projects. We believe that impact is a long-term endeavour that requires being embedded in the local context. Delivering high-quality research requires building local teams and data collection systems, knowing the country, and establishing close working relationships.

One of Laterite’s key strategic goals is to create a collaborative and rewarding working environment for our staff, where every team member feels engaged, represented, and heard. Laterite is committed to creating opportunities for learning and career development within the team and across our offices.

Laterite is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

About the teams

In Ethiopia, Laterite was founded in 2016 and is one of our fastest growing offices in terms of team size and volume of work. The team in Ethiopia comprises 4 researchers, 10 data collection experts, 2 data quality specialists, and a finance and admin team. Our portfolio in Ethiopia includes data collection projects, full-cycle research assessments, and long-term monitoring and evaluation partnerships. The Ethiopia team works across all Laterite’s key sectors, with the majority of projects in agriculture and youth & livelihoods topics.

In Rwanda, Laterite was founded in 2010, and Kigali is our oldest and largest office, both in terms of team size and volume of work. The team in Rwanda comprises about 4 researchers, 10 data collection experts, 2 data quality specialists, and a finance and admin team.

Our project portfolio in Rwanda is varied and ranges from data collection (including mixed-methods studies with observational assessments or anthropometric measurement modules) to long-term learning partnerships. The Rwanda team works across all our key sectors with the majority of projects in education,
public health and early childhood development topics.

What you will do:

As a Senior Research Associate, based in our Addis Ababa or Kigali office, you will:

  • Lead a portfolio of impactful research projects, from design to data collection, analysis, and follow-through.

  • Lead research teams to ensure we deliver value for our clients, using rigorous and innovative research methods.

  • Build successful partnerships with clients and stakeholders and establish Laterite as a trusted partner.

  • Mentor our growing research and data teams.

  • Contribute to country-level strategic decisions such as which projects to pursue, team development, and how to increase the impact of our research.

  • Support business development and recruitment processes.

  • As part of Laterite's management team, you will have a voice in project selection, corporate strategy, process improvements, and structuring of Laterite’s research agenda. You will serve as a role model for the team, actively promoting our organizational culture, and helping us to grow and achieve our mission as an organization.

    Laterite is expanding rapidly, and we are open to the possibility of hiring exceptional candidates at a higher grade.

    What you will bring:

    We are looking for an accomplished researcher who combines excellent technical skills with experience in project and team management.

    Our future colleague has:

  • A postgraduate degree (master’s or above) in Economics, International Development, one of Laterite’s core sectors, or a related field with a strong component of quantitative data analysis

  • At least 5 years of work experience in international development, public policy, economic and social research, or management consulting

  • Motivation to work in social and economic research in Ethiopia

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and mentoring research teams

  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex research projects, involving data collection and field teams

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

  • Proficiency in STATA is required. Knowledge of R and/or Python is a plus.

    Additionally, we are looking for:

  • Solid project management skills to oversee a portfolio of projects at different stages in the research lifecycle

  • An excellent networker with experience in building relationships with clients and stakeholders from the public and private sectors

  • A self-motivated team leader with excellent interpersonal skills who thrives in a fast-paced environment where timelines can be unpredictable

    How to Apply

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