Economist/Market Analyst, USAID/Liberia Youth Activity
IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. We enable local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, our program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, women and youth.
Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.
Summary of Position
IREX seeks senior-level Economists/Market Analysts to provide technical guidance on the upcoming USAID Liberia Youth Activity. The Activity is expected to improve basic education, foundational, and employability skills, as well as improve the enabling environment for youth productivity. The Economist/Market Analyst will support IREX’s New Business Development Unit during the development of the proposal to inform the design of project activities.
Summary of Responsibilities
Potential tasks may include, but are not limited to:
- Via desk-based research and or on-the ground consultations with key stakeholders, analyze the market dynamics (including value chain opportunities in emerging sectors and in-demand skills of the private sector) that affect youth livelihoods development in Liberia
- Identify creative, effective, and sustainable market-based approaches to programming that can be used to improve youth participation in the economy in Liberia
- Engage key private sector stakeholders in Liberia to conduct analysis and increase IREX’s collaboration with the private sector actors, particularly those in the agriculture and services sectors
- Contribute to proposal design and prepare written components of the proposal
- Other duties as needed
Skills and Qualifications
Consultants must be well organized, skilled at handling multiple tasks, and able to adhere to deadlines. Additionally, Consultants should have:
- A graduate degree in economics, public policy or other relevant graduate degree
- At least 6 years of experience demonstrating analytical skills in economics and private sector development work in a country/regional context, particularly as it relates to the labor market, barriers to private sector growth, and youth livelihoods development
- Experience in and strong knowledge of the economic context and challenges of countries
- Demonstrated track record engaging, analyzing, and designing with private sector stakeholders in developing countries
- Experience in the design and preparation of proposals for USAID and other U.S. government agencies
- Strong understanding of USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance Policy; experience applying its principals as well as local systems analysis in the field
- Excellent writing and editing skills, and detail-orientated approach
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
- Knowledge of a foreign language preferred
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