Senior Research Associate 86 views


Laterite is looking for an accomplished researcher with a track record of experience in project and team management, to join our office in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

About Laterite

Laterite is a data, research, and technical advisory firm that helps clients understand and analyze 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.

Our network of offices currently includes the Netherlands, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. The team brings together more than 55 full time local and international staff, as well as 1,000 enumerators across countries, in a dynamic work environment. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization. Learn more:

Our core activity sectors are: public health, agriculture, urbanization & migration, education, and youth & labor. We are also involved in projects with a focus on gender issues. We believe that impact is a long-term endeavor that requires being embedded in the local context. Delivering high-quality research requires building local teams and data collection systems, understanding the context, establishing close working relationships with key players, and understanding their constraints and motivations.

Job Description & Key Responsibilities

As a Senior Research Associate based in Ethiopia 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 our clients and establish Laterite as a trusted partner for public sector organizations.
  • 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 Laterite’s research agenda. You will serve as role model for the team, actively promoting our corporate 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.

Job Requirements


  • Post-graduate degree in Economics, International Development or related field with a strong component of quantitative data analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and mentoring research teams
  •  Demonstrated experience in managing research projects


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 (Masters or above) in Economics, International Development or related field with a strong component of quantitative data analysis
  • Motivation to work in social and economic research in Sub-Saharan Africa
  •  5+ years of research and project management experience focus on development topics
  •  Demonstrated experience in leading and mentoring research teams
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex research projects, involving data collection and field teams
  • Proficiency in STATA is a must-have. 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 fastpaced environment where timelines can be unpredictable
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills (in English

How to Apply

Please upload your CV and a personal statement (describing your motivation to apply and your experience with managing research teams working on development research projects) via our online application form: After submitting your application, you will be invited to complete short quantitative assessment for which no special preparation is needed. Successful candidates will be contacted with information regarding the next steps. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply ASAP

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