Economist/M & E Specialist, Energy for Development

Data Analysis & Technical Research Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

You can be based in our office in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda or other African countries.  You must be legally able to work in the country in which you would be located - please let us know which country would be applicable in your cover letter.

Job Summary

In this role, you will work closely with a global team, including WRI teams in East Africa, India and Washington, DC, as well as external partners around the world, to contribute to the acceleration of energy access in the health and livelihood sectors. You will have special responsibility for supporting the project team to refine cost-benefit analysis methodologies and impact indicators and will contribute substantively to impact analysis and knowledge products.

You can be based in several African countries, with a preference for Ethiopia, Kenya or Uganda.

Job Responsibilities

You will support the team to develop and apply robust M&E methods, and you will substantively contribute to conceptualizing and authoring knowledge products. You will help develop impact tracking frameworks for energy access interventions in health and livelihoods
  • Support partners to conduct cost-benefit analysis and value proposition of renewable energy
  • Help develop impact tracking frameworks for energy access interventions in health and livelihoods
  • Help set up routine monitoring systems for project monitoring with partner organizations, including baseline and end-line data collection and analysis
  • Support leads in India and Africa to analyze project-specific outcomes and impacts
  • Aggregate learnings to report portfolio-level outcomes and impacts 
  • Assist policy outreach and engagement efforts with impact monitoring and evaluation results, at various stages of the project 
  • Contribute to development of knowledge products including working papers and reports
  • Work with the communications team to create materials for outreach and communications.
Job Qualifications
  • Masters’ degree in empirical economics, a data science field,  and/or demonstrated experience in M&E analytics (or Bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of experience)
  • M&E Certification preferred.
  • Minimum of 4-5 years of direct experience in Monitoring and Evaluation  management on productive uses of energy  preferably in East Africa and/or India
  • Demonstrated strong analytic, writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with socioeconomic impact metrics and evaluation is advantageous.
  • Appetite for innovative ideas that push the boundaries of change
  • Team builder who thrives in communicating cross-culturally
  • Valid work authorization in the country office of which you are applying. Visa sponsorship is unavailable for this opportunity.
How to Apply

Please submit a resume with cover letter. The resume should include relevant publications. Your cover letter should detail which country you are legally able to work in.  Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. Deadline for applications 12th September 2021.

Program Overview

WRI’s Global Energy Program helps build clean energy markets and change institutions. We start with the consumer in mind—what energy services are needed? Which business models are sustainable? How can regulatory frameworks scale solutions? We take public commitments as a starting point and push forward policies, projects and programs that accelerate and deliver change on the ground. Shifting to a low-carbon, inclusive energy future requires (1) accelerating the pace of renewable energy deployment; (2) increasing energy productivity, so that energy use diverges from economic growth; and (3) addressing the gap that is emerging between those who have clean energy and those who lack basic access. Despite recent progress made in closing the energy access gap, close to 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa and 90 million in India lack access to power. While progress has been made globally to connect households to electricity supply, low income areas are being left behind, and health care facilities, schools, and enterprises still lack reliable sources of power. Without new approaches, the 2030 sustainable development goals will not be met. WRI’s Energy for Development project is working with partners in the health and livelihood sectors to integrate clean energy into strategies for improving development outcomes. In Phase 1 of the project (2016-2020), we established the appetite of local, national and global organizations in the health and livelihood sectors to integrate clean energy into their efforts, support energy assessments and cost-benefit analysis, and identified finance gaps. In Phase 2, 2020-2024, we will go beyond proof of concept to leverage the scaling power of government and non-governmental organizations working in these sectors to create an evidence base and catalyze innovative financing for cross-sectoral efforts. By working with organizations that serve the poor yet have the ability to scale, we aim to stimulate demand for clean energy while attacking multi-modal poverty, strengthening resilience, and decreasing carbon footprints.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.
We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa ,  Brazil , China ,  Europe ,  India ,  Indonesia ,  Mexico  and the United States  as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

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