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Research Manager Job Vacancy

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Growing Prosperity Through Trade

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is funded by a range of development agencies with the aim of growing prosperity in East Africa through trade.

We believe that enhanced trade contributes to economic growth, a reduction in poverty and subsequently increased prosperity.

TMEA works closely with East African Community (EAC) institutions, national governments, the private sector and civil society organisations to increase trade by unlocking economic potential through:
  • Increased market access;
  • Enhanced trade environment; and
  • Increased product competitiveness.

TMEA has its headquarters in Nairobi with branches in Arusha, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Juba, Kampala and Kigali.

TMEA is seeking to recruit high calibre, results-oriented and self-driven experienced professional to join our team in the position below.

Manager, Research

The Manager, Research will work closely with the Research Director and other members of the Strategy and Results (START) team to manage TMEA’s research programme, undertake research and provide analysis to support, develop and maintain a results and learning focus within TMEA and partners.

S/he will be responsible for managing and undertaking key research relating to trade facilitation and logistics within East Africa, and assisting other team members to undertake qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis to support successful project implementation within TMEA.

This will include reviewing, understanding and interpreting internal and external data to enable TMEA to highlight and respond to emerging opportunities and challenges, as well as TMEA’s overall strategy.

The ideal candidate will possess a first degree in Economics, Statistics, International Trade, Trade Policy, Development Studies or other relevant discipline.

A research-based Master’s degree or professional and qualifications in a relevant field will be an added advantage.

S/he will have a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in managing and undertaking quality and timely research to support project and programme implementation.

Proven experience in methods such as cost-benefit analysis, developing modelling tools to estimate projections and analysing data to generate information relevant for programme teams is essential for this role.

Application Details

This post requires a candidate with strong organisational and interpersonal skills with the ability to prioritise, multitask and work under pressure amidst competing demands.

The position is available on initial 2-year contract with attractive salary and benefits package, and will be based in any of the TMEA Country Offices with regular travel around East Africa.

Please send us an extract of your published research work (not more than 5 pages), your cover letter and detailed CV, including your qualifications, experience, present position and current remuneration.

Your application should also include names and addresses of three referees, a working e-mail address and daytime telephone contacts.

The forwarding e-mail and cover letter must clearly indicate the position title on the subject line.

Detailed job profile for this post can be accessed on  

Send your application to by Wednesday 18 September 2013 by 5.00 pm East African time.

Interviews will be conducted in early/mid-October 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Applications received after the deadline time and date will not be accepted.

We reserve the right to accept or reject any application.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

TradeMark East Africa is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to open and transparent recruitment processes.

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