[TimorLesteStudies] Peace Dividend Trust Staff Economist Position

Bu V.E. Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Wed Sep 30 19:54:01 EST 2009

Peace Dividend Trust
Staff EconomistJob Description
Based in New York (mid-town Manhattan), with travel to Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor-Leste,
Solomon Islands, Europe and other countries.
Peace Dividend Trust (PDT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making peace and
humanitarian operations more efficient, effective and equitable, delivering a stronger peace and
a larger peace dividend.
Since our creation in 2004, PDT has grown rapidly and employs over 100 staff operating in over
six countries. PDT affects change through three core project areas: economic recovery,
research and operational innovations. As we continue to build our team, we are looking for new
staff who reflect our mission and our corporate culture.
Reflecting an increased in-house demand for economic analysis and guidance, particularly for
our aid effectiveness and economic impact work in Afghanistan, Solomon Islands, Haiti and
elsewhere, PDT is looking for a full-time economist who will participate in multiple projects
Responsibilities and Duties
The major responsibility of the economist will be to provide high quality economic advice and
analysis, including both quantitative and qualitative analyses and policy advice. The primary
types of assignments include conducting research on the economic impact of the international
presence in conflict or post-conflict zones and PDT’s operational impact in Haiti, Timor-Leste
and Afghanistan. This includes but is not limited to:
• Creating and updating existing data collection methodologies for measuring international
agency spending in post-conflict economies;
• Developing and updating methodologies for measuring impact of local procurement on
different local markets (e.g. labour market);
• Conducting and managing data collection exercises in the field;
• Drafting papers and materials related to both internal and external projects;
• Developing pragmatic policy and practice recommendations for local governments, the
United Nations, military actors and other institutional buyers and actors;
• Serve as organizational lead on project monitoring and evaluation of PDT’s Peace
Dividend Marketplace projects; providing advice to project staff on the economic impact
of PDT project activities.
In addition, as the staff economist at PDT you will be responsible for a range of ongoing
activities including:

• Presenting and defending research in public and private settings (e.g. IMF/World Bank,
United Nations or development think-tanks);
• Contributing to new project proposals;
• Organizing peer review of PDT research;
• Providing advice to senior management with regard to new projects and opportunities;
• Liaise with donors regarding current or proposed projects as necessary;
• Contributing to other projects as needed.
Reporting Lines
• Reports to PDT Deputy Director in New York, with temporary reporting to specific project
managers as required
• PhD preferred, or MA in Economics or Political Economy with strong quantitative skills.
• Experience with data collection, including developing methodologies and conducting
data collection in the field;
• Experience working in conflict, post-conflict, developing countries or fragile states;
• Understanding of aid effectiveness discourse and international donor structures;
• Experience with development project management, monitoring and evaluation;
• Strong writing skills;
• Excellent spoken and written English;
• Ability to relate complex and technical material to wide and diverse audiences.
• Ability to travel to for periods of 1-6 weeks, perhaps on shorter notice
• One year contract with possibility of renewal
• USD $90 to $105k depending on experience
• Healthcare package
• Training budget
• Four weeks vacation per year
Interested candidates are invited to send a CV and brief cover letter by email with the reference
line: Staff Economist to vacancies at peacedividendtrust.org. Only applicants considered for an
interview will be contacted.
Thank you for your interest in Peace Dividend Trust

Bu V.E. Wilson
Centre for International Governance and Justice
Regulatory Institutions Network
Australian National University
+61 407 087 086

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