Economic Analyst

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 February 2021
  • Arlington, Virginia, United States
  • Closing on 11 March 2021
  • Current

Job Description

The Fiscal Accountability and Sustainable Trade (FAST) project supports rapid, sustainable, and equitable economic growth in USAID-assisted countries by bringing a systems approach to addressing PFM (public revenue, budget, expenditure, and debt), trade capacity building (TCB), macroeconomic planning and policies, and other economic governance issues, such as regulatory reform, and by supporting USAID Missions to improve the following: a) host-country capacity to mobilize revenue and provide public services; b) policy climate for investment that generates more productive employment and inclusive growth, including issues specific to women and other disadvantaged populations; c) host-country ability to recover from, prevent, and mitigate the impact of conflict, natural disasters, or fiscal crises; and, d) host-country institutional capacity to identify, design, advocate for, and implement better economic policies to enhance inclusive growth and gender equity.

FAST team provides a dedicated core staff of experts with expertise in PFM, trade, macroeconomic planning and policies, and other areas of economic governance. FAST conducts research, develops analytical tools, builds repositories, provides training, and carries out assessments and technical assistance and capacity building activities in several USAID-assisted countries.

Responsibilities

The Economic Analyst provides overall support to the FAST Project, especially in providing research assistance and helping to implement FAST tasks. Specific duties will include:

  • Collect economic, social, and financial data from international data sources,
  • Construct databases, develop tables, graphs, and other formatting,
  • Produce charts, link data to maps,
  • Collect documents and produce repositories (data libraries),
  • Prepare literature reviews,
  • Prepare country-specific or sector-specific analysis in preparation of new task orders.
  • Review and provide comment on FAST products and improve drafts,
  • Help to coordinate tasks and other FAST activities,
  • Take minutes, coordinate e-meetings, support meetings,
  • And other duties as may arise to ensure FAST output and quality

Supervision

  • Reports to the FAST Chief of Party. Works with other team members.
  • The economic analyst has no supervisory responsibilities.
Qualifications

Required

  • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, public administration, or related field.
  • Demonstrated interest in the study of economic development.
  • Proficiency with Office tools - must be a power user and show deep proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel.
  • Excellent skills in Excel. Must know tables, pivot tables, formatting, formulas, sorting etc.
  • Excellent writing skills in English. Second language desired (French and Arabic are a plus) -Writing sample is required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US.
  • Must enjoy working on teams and be adroit enough to work on multiple teams at one time.
  • Able to work remotely using modern tele-work methods.
  • Compelled to meet deadlines.
  • Strict attention to quality.

Preferred

  • Interest in public financial management and economic growth in developing countries.
  • Knowledgeable of public finance, finance, and macroeconomics and national accounts.
  • Understanding the role and scope of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Experience with SharePoint and Google Drive.
  • Experience with Tableau.
  • Strong organization, personal communication, and writing skills.
  • Experience with at least one econometrics package: R, Stata, or EViews preferred.

About the Organization

DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 35 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries. DevTech core practice areas include: Economic and Data analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management.

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