Chief Economist at Vanguard Economics

1 Chief Economist at Vanguard Economics
Chief Economist

Vanguard Economics | Type: Job
Published: 2024-06-06 | Deadline: 2024-06-20

Chief Economist

Gasabo, Nyarutarama

About Vanguard Economics

Vanguard Economics Ltd, founded in 2015 in Kigali, is as an advisory and research firm dedicated to delivering high-quality socio-economic and strategic research services tailored to the African context. Based on the notion that “social change is not a project that one group of people carries out for the benefit of another”, our main strategic goal is to build the next generation of African researchers in our areas of expertise. Our clients include Governments, private firms, multilateral institutions, foundations, and NGOs. Read more about us: Here

About the Position

The Chief Economist will play a pivotal role in providing economic insights and analyses that drive strategic decision-making at our consultancy. Focusing on African markets, the Chief Economist will lead research initiatives, advise on policy and economic trends, and support clients across various sectors with expert guidance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead economic research with a focus on African markets, trade, and financial systems. 
  • Provide strategic advice to clients on economic trends, policy changes, and market opportunities in Africa. 
  • Develop econometric models and analytical tools to forecast economic outcomes. 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate economic analysis into consultancy services. 
  • Represent the consultancy at industry conferences, workshops, and media engagements. 
  • Publish research papers and reports on African economic issues and trends. 
  • Mentor and develop junior economists and research staff.


  • PhD or master's degree in economics, with a specialization in African economies. 
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in economic research or consultancy. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in African economic policies, trade, and financial markets. 
  • Strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in econometric software. 

Preferred Skills

  • Strong written and presentation skills.
  • Ability work effectively using agile project management framework. 
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving abilities.  
  • Creative and innovative mindset.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity to navigate diverse business environments. 
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting. 
  • Flexibility and adaptability to rapidly changing situations. 
  • The ability to think strategically. 
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving abilities. 
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to present complex economic concepts clearly. 
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Leadership skills with experience in team management and development. 
  • Knowledge of French language is added value.


  • Proven track record of impactful economic research and policy analysis. 
  • Experience in advising senior stakeholders in a consultancy or similar environment. 
  • Published work on African economic issues is highly desirable. 

Desirable Skills

  • Experience working with government agencies, NGOs, and international organizations. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team. 

What We Offer

  • Work with talented, diverse and motivated team members.
  • Competitive salary and benefits package based on the labour market and candidate's experience
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development. 
  • A chance to make a significant impact on social economics issues within the African continent.

How to Apply and Important Dates

  • Fill your information by clicking on the apply for this job link. Keep your Resume to a maximum of 2 pages and a 1-page cover letter.
  • Submission Deadline: June 20th, 2024 

Job Location and Working Conditions

  • This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda, with potential travel within and outside Africa as needed.
  • Fast-paced, dynamic work requiring adaptability and resilience. 

Equal Opportunity Statement

Vanguard Economics is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, where individuals from all backgrounds are respected and valued.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.