Senior Fellow and Director, Africa Growth Initiative (Job ID: 2020-2323)

Posted Date 2 months ago(5/8/2020 4:19 PM)
Global Economy and Development
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The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. The Africa Growth Initiative (AGI), aims to provide new models and policies for economic development in Africa to enable it to sustainably and inclusively converge with the rest of the world in terms of standards of living, opportunity, and GDP per capita income.  AGI produces high-quality, independent policy research, which helps establish long-term strategies for economic growth and enhances the programs of Africa’s key partners in Washington, D.C.


Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking through September 7, 2020. Once the Brookings' office reopens, the person hired for this position is expected to work in the Brookings Washington, DC office. 


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Global Economy and Development program at The Brookings Institution (Brookings) is accepting applications for the position of Senior Fellow and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI).  


Reporting directly to the Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development program, the Senior Fellow and Director, AGI, will manage and lead AGI’s research, convening, and dissemination efforts across a range of subjects related to Africa, as well as conduct original, scholarly research and writing for major publications and shorter policy papers. While the Senior Fellow and Director’s specific research program will depend on his/her interests and background, key research areas, which will be subject to the approval of Vice President, should focus on economic development issues. S/he will manage a team which includes an assistant director, research assistants and/or analysts, and affiliated scholars. 


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:


Candidates for this position should hold a PhD in economics or a related field, have a minimum of ten years’ experience in working on economic policy issues, and have a proven ability to conduct original policy research and analysis. Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English and fluency is required; proficiency in French is a plus. 


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


The successful candidate should be an expert with stature and reputation, and possess a deep passion and understanding of African economics and developing economies more broadly, governance, political landscape, social policy issues, and U.S.-Africa relations. S/he should have management experience, be entrepreneurial, and adept at developing and maintaining partnerships throughout the region and globally. S/he will have extensive relationships and networks among Africa’s policy community, and be comfortable working with high-ranking decision makers, senior government and diplomatic officials, current and potential funders, and Brookings senior management. S/he must be able to spearhead fundraising and outreach efforts of AGI, and should be creative and flexible in engaging donors and other audiences. 



Additional Information:


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume complete with a list of publications. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


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