Development Economics Specialist

  • Location
    Remote, Colombia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

The Development Economics Specialist will provide technical expertise to a team of U.S. and Colombia-based project implementors to analyze income and production data for the pilot project in the Colombian coffee sector. This Specialist will also provide support to the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team tracking the impact of the project. The position is a part-time, fixed-term contract expected to last until March 2023.

Tasks and specific responsibilities

  • Design and implement the monitoring system and the impact assessment for the COFFEE Colombia Pilot Project (CCPP), focusing on living wages, farmer and worker livelihoods, and best practices and technology adoption, in collaboration with Verité’s Program Director, M&E Officer, and a selected contractor.
  • Lead the development of the instruments, surveys, and systems for gathering data during the CCPP implementation.
  • Lead the literature review of alternative payment models in the agriculture and coffee sector.
  • Support the design and development of reports and presentations about the CCPP.
  • Lead the development of specialized socio-economic reports and impact assessments linked to the CCPP.
  • Support living wage and living income studies complementing the COFFEE Project activities in Colombia.
  • Support time-motion study research that will complement the alternative payment model design.


  • A strong background in development economics, with theoretical and practical experience in the implementation of randomized control trials and/or experimental/quasi-experimental designs for socio-economic analysis.
  • Experiences with the full cycle of rigorous impact assessment (e.g., theory of change mapping, secondary data documentation and analysis, measurement/baseline design, piloting, data analysis, results communication).
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in related field, e.g., economics, agricultural economics, agribusiness, development economics, engineering, statistics, mathematics, political science, or international relations, Master of Science (MSc) degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • 3-5 years of relevant professional experience with strong background in quantitative and qualitative data cleaning, data analysis, and data management.
  • Familiarity with software for data processing: Stata is required, R desirable. Others could be an advantage.
  • Experience tracking complex project components.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Background in the coffee sector and/or Colombian rural context is highly desirable.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Self-driven and able to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Native or professional proficiency in Spanish is required (U.S. Department of State level 4 or 5). Fluency, and clear and concise writing in English is desired (level 3 or above).
  • Extensive knowledge of MS Office package, with at least intermediate Excel skills.

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