Research Specialist with Johannes Haushofer, Nairobi - Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

  • Kenya
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Other advanced degree
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Language Requirement:
  • English
Length of Commitment:
Two years

The group of Johannes Haushofer at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, Kenya is seeking applications for a research specialist. We study the relationship between poverty and its psychological and behavioral causes and consequences. We conduct lab and field experiments in both developing and developed countries, using approaches from economics and psychology. The position is based at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The successful applicant will participate in all aspects of our work, particularly around planning and execution of field and lab experiments and data analysis. Responsibilities include supervising the planning and implementation of lab and field studies, managing field and lab teams, programming tasks and questionnaires, analyzing data, preparing academic papers, and contributing to grant-writing, ethics approvals, and budgeting. The position is particularly appropriate for candidates with backgrounds in quantitative social science and experience in experimental methods and overseeing field studies.

A two-year commitment is required. Initial appointment is for one year, with renewal pending satisfactory performance. The proposed start date is flexible. Applications will be evaluated beginning immediately, and will continue until the hiring process is complete.

Essential Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, political science, psychology, mathematics, or related discipline
  • Strong skills in econometrics and programming (especially STATA)
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Strong managerial and organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Previous research experience in designing and conducting field and/or lab experiments
  • Previous experience conducting research in developing countries
  • Interest and training in development and behavioral economics
  • Grant and paper writing experience

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select "Research Specialist with Johannes Haushofer, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, Nairobi” and include resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two recommendation letters. Note that applications with incomplete submissions will be at a disadvantage.

You are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application. Given the volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.