from Development Pathways
Closing date: 10 Nov 2019

Position: Senior Economist

Reporting to: Head of Social and Economic Analysis Team

Location: Orpington, Greater London

Salary: from £42,000 per annum, plus benefits.

Do you have a strong background in data analysis and research methods related to social and/or economic policy? Join us to make a difference to the lives of others.

About the Position

The Senior Economist will develop, implement and oversee high-quality and innovative research and analytical work on social and economic issues in low- and middle-income countries, under the direction of the Head of Social and Economic Analysis. She/he will be required to line manage one other team member and collaborate closely with other members in the Social and Economic Analysis team, as well as other internal teams like the Social Policy Team and Management Information Systems Team, along with numerous external consultants, for the delivery of projects.

The successful candidate will become part of a team that loves working with data and applying economic tools and research methods to solve interesting challenges and provide our clients with the solutions and advice they need. We are also increasingly integrating qualitative methods into our work. Examples of our recent work include: poverty and inequality profiles; costing tools and micro-simulations of the impact of social protection schemes; multisectoral situation analyses of children, older people, and persons with disabilities; country baseline reports for the global Sustainable Development Goals; large-scale household surveys on food security in refugee settlements; and impact evaluation designs.

The Senior Economist will need a strong background in data analysis and research methods, in a field related to social and/or economic policy. The role requires a high level of flexibility, self-motivation and drive for results. The post holder will be expected to work in our office in Orpington, Greater London (approximately 45min from Central London by public transport). The position will also involve international travel, up to a maximum of three months per year.

Main Responsibilities and Duties

· Deliver technical inputs for consultancy assignments:

  • Design research methodologies and approaches;

  • Run quantitative data analysis using censuses and surveys such as Labour Force Surveys, Household Income and Expenditure Surveys, Living Conditions Surveys, Demographic and Health Surveys;

  • Conduct background research and literature reviews;

  • Write technical reports and policy briefs;

  • Develop training materials and facilitate workshops.

· Serve as technical lead for medium-sized research projects:

  • Provide technical oversight for the development and delivery of selected assignments;

  • Manage relationships with donors, UN agencies, governments, and other partners;

  • Coordinate workstreams with team members and external consultants and quality assure deliverables;

  • Collaborate with the Programme Management team to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget.

· Support Development Pathways’ growth:

  • Lead the development of and/or contribute substantial inputs to expressions of interest and proposals for new opportunities;

  • Build relations with a wide range of stakeholders to strengthen Development Pathways’ international reputation, influence development policy, and identify opportunities for further business.

  • Help to build a cadre of competent and trusted consultants whom Development Pathways can engage to work on various assignments.

  • Build Pathways’ reputation by authoring and/or contribute to Pathways’ own publications (‘Perspectives’) and writing of blogs;

  • Manage and mentor junior technical staff.

Your Profile

We hire people from a range of backgrounds and experience, but some key things we look out for include:

· At least a Masters’ degree in economics or a related discipline. Strong knowledge of one or more thematic or technical areas relevant for Development Pathways. Examples include poverty and welfare analysis, social protection, food security, gender, child well-being, public finance, monitoring and evaluation, causal inference, microsimulation and policy analysis, etc.

· Solid analytical skills with demonstrated ability to work with diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources. Attention to detail is a must.

· Proficiency in at least one statistical software or language (e.g. Stata, R, Python) and experience in analysing household survey micro datasets. Willingness to learn new packages, statistical and visualisation techniques.

· Fluency in written and spoken English. Report writing is of high standard, requiring minimal quality assurance. Able to communicate complex technical ideas and arguments in ways which non-specialist audiences can readily understand.

· Capable of leading medium-sized projects, including working with donors and multilateral agencies, drafting technical proposals, managing project teams, understanding risk and financial management, and quality assuring deliverables.

· Self-motivated, with an ability to work on own initiative, to accept responsibility and to respond with confidence to complex and evolving problems.

· Willingness and ability to travel internationally, which may include overnight and weekends on occasion.

Terms of Employment and Benefits

Along with a competitive salary, the successful candidate would receive an attractive package of the following:

· Entry into the company pension scheme;

· Entry into the company bonus scheme;

· Flexible working hours (with core hours from 10am to 4pm);

· 30 days holiday in a year (excluding public/bank holidays);

· Company laptop (MacBook Pro);

· And, upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period of 6 months, access into the company private health insurance scheme.

We take professional development seriously and create opportunities for individual advancement and growth.

About Development Pathways

Development Pathways is committed to innovative, progressive and evidence-based social policy. We combine country-specific social and political analysis with lessons learnt from extensive international experience in order to ensure that policies and programmes are robust and benefit the most vulnerable, including children, women and persons with disabilities.

Development Pathways brings together a group of international development practitioners with extensive experience on social protection, social development, gender and social inclusion, and livelihoods across Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. We have worked with a range of development organisations and governments, including United Nations agencies (UNICEF, WFP, ILO, UNDP, UNDESA), development banks (World Bank, ADB), government donors (e.g. DFID, DFAT), and international NGOs (e.g. HelpAge, Save the Children).

We currently employ nearly 40 staff members, who work alongside a global network of trusted consultants. Our offices are located in Orpington (Greater London, United Kingdom) and Nairobi (Kenya). As an employer, we put our staff first and are committed to flexible working practices and developing our staff’s professional capabilities. For more information about our organisation, please visit

Equality Statement

Equality and diversity is at the core of Development Pathways’ values. In the selection of our staff, we are committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.

How to apply:

We invite interested candidates who meet the requirements to email their application to

Please note that this position is open to those who have the right to reside and work in the UK. Development Pathways will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this position, and how your recent relevant experience and skills meet the requirements for this position;
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) specifying your qualifications, education and relevant work experience;
  3. At least one sample of previous written work (for example, a research report or a policy paper);
  4. At least one sample of data analysis (for example, a Stata do-file, R script, Python code, or Excel workbook).

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a successful candidate may be selected prior to the closing date. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a technical assessment and to participate in an interview.

If you successfully reach the interview stage, we will request the names, email addresses and daytime contact numbers of two referees, one of them being your current line manager or supervisor, and copies of your degree/qualification certificates.

Closing date for this post will be the 10th November 2019.

Due to the high number of applications expected, unfortunately, only successful candidates will be contacted. Applicants should be aware of our privacy notice on our website.