Impact Evaluation Economist/Researcher (Two Vacant Positions / Mid-career)

  • Full Time
  • Denver

1. Summary

Causal Design is an economic consulting firm conducting rigorous program evaluations and analysis for international development organizations. Our evaluations are designed to provide timely and practical information to decision makers working to end poverty and inequality.

We are looking for an Impact Evaluation Economist to join our team. While we work collaboratively on all our projects, the Impact Evaluation Economist will be expected to work fairly independently as they are often on-site with our USG and NGO partners (including in the field). This is primarily a technical role with some client-facing responsibilities. Economists are expected to spend 70% of their time directly supporting projects; the remaining time will be spent training/mentoring staff and supporting proposals for new projects.

The applicant must have experience in econometric methods for Impact Evaluation and should be conversant in all of the following tools: Cost Benefit Analysis, Cost Effectiveness Analysis, Growth Diagnostics, Program Evaluation, and M&E systems more generally.

This position will be based in either Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Lilongwe, Malawi; or in Denver, CO with extensive international travel. In compliance with Federal guidance and/or mandates, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before starting work.

2.  Responsibilities

The IE Economist/Researcher role will include, but will not be limited to, the following activities:

  • Collaborate directly with clients to design rigorous and practical impact evaluations and other research studies.
  • Lead the evaluation process from the design phase through dissemination. This includes, minimally, drafting evaluation design and analysis plans, crafting quantitative survey tools, sampling plans, and field manuals; supporting data collection; and leading and overseeing analysis and dissemination of final reports and thought leadership products.
  • Oversee a portfolio of projects effectively, including managing self and team, maintaining timelines and budgets, and developing a communication strategy for coordinating with donors and clients.
  • Mentor and support technical professional development of research analysts and junior economists through direct supervision on projects and/or leading regular internal training sessions.
  • Assist business development team in developing new projects through support on proposals, grant applications, or concept notes.

3. Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Public Policy, Development Economics, Statistics, or similar.
  • At least 3+ years (Masters) or 1+ years (PhD) of direct work experience in Impact Evaluation, including designing and managing evaluations, econometric analysis, data collection/survey management.
  • Significant experience with Stata; experience with additional programming languages (e.g. R, Python) is a plus.
  • Outstanding quantitative and critical thinking skills.
  • Able to communicate technical concepts both orally and verbally across a range of audiences.
  • Experience working directly with NGOs and/or USAID implementers and donors strongly preferred.
  • Self-starter who will thrive in a start-up setting by taking ownership and initiative; intellectual curiosity and sense of humor.

4.  Our Team

We are a small firm with an ambitious vision. Our team is passionate about innovating practical evaluation strategies and providing phenomenal support to our clients working to end poverty. You should be excited about being client-facing; our goal is to support implementers – not just do research. We strongly prefer researchers who have experience in implementing projects, consulting, and/or supporting implementer organizations to provide research and build technical capacity.

Each member of our team has something they are passionate about professionally. For some of us it’s statistics, others a sector like WASH or the Environment; maybe you really love Malawi! We want you to bring that enthusiasm and specialized knowledge to our team. At the same time, our team members are expected to be curious and multidisciplinary. Our clients work in every sector and geography where poverty exists – you should be prepared to as well.

We are looking for someone who is ready to invest and build. Our team is growing and our firm is maturing. We ask everyone to help us make it a better place to work, and the company a better partner to our clients. If we do something for the first time, we’ll ask you to create a process or system – so it is that much easier for the next person.

5. Contract

This is a full-time exempt position as an employee of Causal Design (US). Salary will be commensurate with experience, but the range for this position is $60-85k per year. US-based employees must already hold US work authorization (we will not sponsor a US visas/EAD). Employees are eligible to participate in Causal’s 401(k) plan with a 4% employer match (automatic vesting), a $3,300 annual health reimbursement (QSEHRA) plan, and a flexible PTO policy. As our portfolio and organization has grown, so too has our ability to provide improved and increased employee benefits; and we anticipate continuing to build out our offered benefits.

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