Economist / Senior Economist

Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) Economist
Location Rabat, Morocco
Application deadline 31 July 2019
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
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The Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) is a Moroccan think tank whose mission is to contribute to the improvement of the economic and social public policies that challenge, at the beginning of the century, Morocco and the rest of the African continent as integral parts of the global South.

The PCNS advocates for the concept of an open, accountable and enterprising “new South”; a South that defines its own narratives as well as mental maps around the basins of the Mediterranean and the South Atlantic, as part of an forward-looking relationship with the rest of the world. The think tank aims to support, through its analytical endeavours, the development of public policies in Africa, and to give the floor to the experts of the South on the developments that concern them. This positioning, focused on dialogue and partnerships of different origins, is to cultivate African expertise and excellence, able to contribute to the diagnosis and overcoming of the challenges that arise across the continent and the world.

The role

Policy Center for the New South’s economists manage and execute research projects on a variety of topics (commodity economics, macroeconomics, labor, finance etc). Tasks also include writing, editing, conference planning, and public speaking. This position requires excellent research, and organizational skills.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Regular monitoring and reporting on global, regional and national economic and financial development;
  • Preparing policy briefs, policy notes and papers, research papers and reports related to economics and economic policies;
  • Contributing to publications drafted by Policy Center for the New South’s experts;
  • Formulating policy implications from economic research outcomes and seminars‘ discussions;
  • Preparing presentations on economic issues;
  • Writing, editing and conference planning and public speaking;
  • [Duties for Senior Economists] Supervising and reviewing the work done by the research assistants and capacity to mentor junior economists‘ staff;
  • Perform other duties as might be assigned.

Experience and skills

The position requires at least a Master’s degree or equivalent (Ph.D. preferred) in economics (development economics, microeconomics, international and regional economics, financial economics etc or related fields, such as monetary economics, public finance, banking and/or financial sector) combined with a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience. Seniority will depend on years of related experience with a minimum of 8 years required to qualify for a senior economist position.

Notwithstanding seniority, the position also requires

  • A considerable experience in the application of economics and quantitative techniques and a strong analytical capacity for identifying policy implications of research work;
  • Econometric / macroeconomic Modelling software skills;
  • An aptitude for working under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork abilities;
  • Being flexible to work in several projects at the same time;
  • Good communication skills in French, English and Arabic.