EIB-GDN Fellows in Applied Development Finance - 2018-2019, Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) for Kenyan Nationals

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Date Posted: 03-28-2018

EIB-GDN Program in Applied Development Finance:
Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) for Kenyan Nationals

 

About the Engagement

The Global Development Network (GDN) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have partnered to create the EIB-GDN Program in Applied Development Finance to study the impact of projects in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries financed under EIB’s Impact Financing Envelope. The purpose of the program is to provide a select group of highly qualified and motivated young researchers a practical opportunity to hone their impact assessment skills, by working on real-world projects in private sector development funded by one of the world’s leading financial institutions, under the mentorship of top international experts. The researchers will be inducted into the Program as Candidate Fellows; at the end of the 12-month program cycle and on satisfying all program requirements, they will receive joint certification from EIB and GDN as EIB-GDN Fellows in Applied Development Finance.

Read more about the program here. You can find the EIB press releases here and here.

About the Positions

GDN is seeking, through this special recruitment drive (SRD) to induct up to 2 (two) Kenyan nationals  as part of the 10-member cohort of researchers from ACP countries for the second (2018-2019) cycle of the program. The Fellowship will be over a period of 1 year, beginning in September 2018. Successful applicants will be inducted into the program as Candidate Fellows. They will attend a capacity- building workshop in September/October 2018 at EIB headquarters in Luxembourg, where they will learn about relevant evaluation methodologies and analytical techniques, and will be familiarized with the EIB and its operations. They will subsequently be tasked, over a period of one year, with carrying out deep dives into the results and impacts of selected projects funded under the IFE. The inductees will be aided and guided by Expert Advisors (EAs) but will mostly be expected to work independently. Upon completion of all program requirements, the inductees will receive certification as EIB-GDN Fellows in Applied Development Finance, and will become a part of a knowledge network in evaluation and development finance.


Eligibility, Location and Scope of Work

This SRD is open only to Kenyan nationals. Once inducted into the program, Candidate Fellows will be assigned projects from EIB’s investment portfolio in Kenya. Researchers should be primarily resident in Kenya, which will be a factor in their selection.  Candidate Fellows resident in other places who qualify otherwise will be required to spend considerable time in Kenya for fieldwork and related activities. Candidate Fellows will be assigned projects either on an individual or joint basis. Given the wide range of EIB’s projects in the ACP region, the Candidate Fellows can expect to work on some of the most interesting and challenging areas in private sector development. Project in the ongoing 2017-2018 cycle include, among others, mobile payment services, energy guarantee initiatives, microfinance, and solar technologies.

The full list of countries can be found at this link.
 

What We Are Looking For

The program aims to fast track the professional development of promising young researchers and research professionals in the field of evaluation and impact assessment. The ideal candidates should be first-rate, early career researchers or research professionals at universities, think tanks, government, development institutions, economic consultancy, or in professional transition. The typical profile of an inductee should be as follows:
  1. Subject matter knowledge: Demonstrated academic knowledge and/or professional experience in impact investing, development finance or impact evaluation. For those without professional experience, the doctoral dissertation should be focused on evaluation and impact assessment.
  2. Academic credentials: PhD in Economics, Public Policy or related disciplines. Candidates majoring in Business or Engineering with significant exposure to the Social Sciences or Development are also encouraged to apply.
  3. Ability and willingness to think and work creatively, flexibly and proactively, in cooperation with other partners: candidates should have a demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively, for example through experience in research consultancy or with independent and self-driven collection of field data.  Preference will be given to candidates who, in addition to academic credentials, have employment or otherwise substantive experience with the private sector.
  4. English Language Skills: Demonstrated professional written and oral communication skills in English. However, some of the Fellows are expected to evaluate operations in countries where English is not the main spoken language. For these positions, preference will be given to candidates with written and spoken fluency in French, Spanish, and/or the relevant local language.
  5. Age: The program targets professionals of up to 35 years of age. However, slightly older, but otherwise qualified, candidates will also be considered.

Fellowship Value and Other Support

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of € 15,000 and a research grant of up to € 10,000 to cover all direct and indirect costs of conducting the evaluation.  GDN will provide research management, administrative and logistical support.

Nationality

This SRD is open only to Kenyan nationals.

About GDN

The Global Development Network (GDN) is a Public International Organization based in New Delhi, India, dedicated to supporting high-quality, policy-oriented research in the social sciences to promote development, working in particular through partnerships, capacity building and networking.

Additional Information

More details about the program and the application process are available at http://gdn.int/special-recruitment-drive-kenyan-nationals. For questions about the Fellowship, write to Anindya Chaudhuri, Senior Economist, GDN at achaudhuri@gdn.int, marking copies  to Abhay Gupta, Consultant, abhayg@gdn.int and EIB.2016@gdn.int.

The last date for submission of application is 13-July-2018.

 
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