The opportunity to work with a high-performing and diverse team
A youthful and dynamic environment, that constantly focuses on learning and innovation
A company dedicated to ensuring growth and personal development for all its staff
A chance to make a difference on relevant policy and development issues

Our ideal candidates are entrepreneurial and passionate about international development. They have experience in development research, outstanding quantitative analysis skills and/or project management experience, and have demonstrated the ability to take an idea from the design stage through to implementation. Career-track positions require a minimum commitment of two years.

We are committed to ensuring the principle of equal opportunity and we welcome applications from qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Core Team
(Career Track)

Laterite’s full time staff are divided into three teams:

The Research Team is responsible for all the technical and analytic work, from design through to analysis. Team members are recruited from leading international universities and include staff with strong backgrounds in statistics/econometrics, engineering, international development and public policy.

The Quality Team is in charge of designing and putting in place innovative tools and processes to monitor and constantly improve the quality of our work, from how we go about creating research instruments to ensuring we deliver high quality data and research. Members on the Quality Team combine excellent analytic and operational skills. 

The Data Team is responsible for all the complex operations related to data collection, from the very start of a project through to the delivery of a clean dataset. Joining the Data Team requires excellent managerial skills, a strong understanding of research methods, detail orientation and fluency in the local language.

Interview Process

Recruitment for the research team is conducted in five steps. We first screen candidates based on their CV, a cover letter, and a writing sample (an article, paper, thesis, etc). The qualities we look for are: outstanding technical and/or managerial skills, a demonstrated passion for international development, excellent writing skills, evidence of an entrepreneurial incline, a coherent career project, and experience working in developing countries.

Field Team
(Service Providers)

Laterite’s field team is responsible for all data collection activities.

Team members are hired on a per project basis (as service providers) and include enumerators, field coordinators, field supervisors, data auditors, moderators, and translators. Candidates for the field team must have a Bachelors degree, be fluent in English, the local language and have the ability to work effectively in rural and remote areas, often for extended durations of time. Prior experience working on research or other development-related projects is a plus.

Laterite encourages the professional development of the field team team through on-the-job training, project-based training sessions, and regular out-of-project professional development sessions (what we refer to as the Train4skills sessions).


Interview Process

The recruitment process for enumerator and moderator roles is conducted in three steps. We first screen candidates on their CV, cover letters and written samples. What we are looking for is excellent academic credentials (Bachelors degree is a minimum requirement), language skills, relevant professional experience (experience with research is strongly preferred), and particular good writing skills.

Research Associate (Rwanda)

Do you want to make a difference to the learning crisis in schools in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Are you passionate about learning how to improve the effectiveness of education programs?

Do you work best when collaborating with experts across disciplines (teachers, NGOs, academics, governments) and getting the best out of their expertise?

If yes, then this might be the role for you. Laterite's Research Associate role in Leaders in Teaching (LIT) learning partnership will provide you with the opportunity to hone your leadership and technical skills and make a difference to education outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Location: Rwanda

Education: Master’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, International Development, Engineering or a related field

Experience: Minimum 3 years of relevant professional experience in international development, economic and social research or public policy. Experience in Education projects preferred.

You can find the Terms of Reference for the position and the application form link here

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply ASAP.

Temporary Accounts Associate (Ethiopia)

We are looking for a temporary Accounts Associate who will work as a consultant on a part-time basis to provide support with managing our accounting and finance functions for the Ethiopia office.

The role will entail performing book-keeping for all expenses and revenues in the Ethiopia office, managing the filing of all contracts, invoices, taxes and salary slips and other relevant documents, reviewing all field expenses including sitting with enumerators for reconciliation of budget with actual expenses, process payments, working with the tax advisors, ensure all taxes are withheld and remitted as per Ethiopian tax law, entering accounting data into QuickBooks, manage office equipment (printers, furniture, office keys, etc), help with logistics for enumerator training, workshops and meetings

You can find a full description of the position and requirements as well as the application form in the following link.

Summer Associates 2019 (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda)

Are you passionate about research in development? 

Do you want to make a difference on relevant policy and development issues? 

Do you care about professional development and learning? 

Do you love discovering new contexts and spending time in countries like Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya? 

If yes, then being a summer associate at Laterite might be a good fit for you. Laterite will provide you with the opportunity to build on your leadership and technical expertise to make a difference on priority development questions. 

Location: Kigali, Kampala, Nairobi or Addis Ababa 

Profile: Our ideal candidates are entrepreneurial, creative, passionate about international development, structured in their thinking with strong management and technical research skills. They will be able to effectively solve problems and adapt to changing situations.  

Expected Qualifications 

Experience in international development, public policy economic and social research, market research or consulting 

Strong oral and written communication skills in English 

Fluent in English (French, Kinyarwanda or Amharic is a plus) 

Good interpersonal skills 

Strong quantitative skills: able to analyse large datasets, conduct statistical analysis and design sampling frames 

Knowledge of Stata/R or Python 

Experience living and working in different cultures; time spent in Africa or developing countries 

You can find the Terms of Reference for the position and the application form link here. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply ASAP.