Lead Economist



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Senior researcher / group leader

ISET Policy Institute, a leading independent economic policy think tank in Georgia, seeks qualified candidates internationally for a Lead Economist position.

ISET Policy Institute (www.iset-pi.ge), a leading independent economic policy think tank in Georgia, seeks qualified candidates internationally for a Lead Economist position. ISET Policy Institute is a university-based think-tank affiliated with the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET, www.iset.ge).

Lead Economists

Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. from a reputable international university and a record of a minimum of 2 years’ experience in policy research/consulting in at least one relevant field (stated below). Exceptional candidates without a Ph.D. but with an advanced degree and at least 10 years of relevant experience in at least one of the two fields will also be considered.

The Lead Economist position is also open to candidates with education and experience in other fields relevant more broadly to economic development, such as, agriculture, migration, urban/rural development, industrial policy, trade and regional integration, macroeconomic and financial policy, labour markets and social inclusion, transportation.

Compensation Package:

  • Base annual salary: 25 000-30 000 USD NET;
  • An attractive variable performance bonus
  • Additional compensation possibility for the performance of academic duties at ISET*;

Major duties are to:

  • Lead and manage a team of researchers and external consultants;
  • Develop project proposals/grant applications and fundraising for projects;
  • Liaise with potential clients and donors, including government;
  • Implement applied policy research and consulting projects;
  • Provide research-based policy advice, write on policy issues, and participate in public policy discussions.

* Depending on the candidates’ qualifications, experience and interest, positions can be designed to also include academic responsibilities, such as to:

  • Teach courses in ISET’s MA and BA programs;
  • Conduct research;
  • Supervise student theses;
  • Design, manage and teach non-degree courses and programs.

These will be fixed-term, renewable appointments with rank and salary commensurate with the candidates’ experience. Preference is for full-time appointments. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Georgian language will be considered an advantage. Position is subject to available funding and will be open until filled. Send letter of interest, CV, professional writing samples (papers, consulting reports, blog articles, etc.) and three references to: vacancy@ISET.ge with “Lead Economist” in the subject.

Selected candidates will be invited to present a policy presentation to the ISET-PI community as part of the selection process.

About ISET and the ISET Policy Institute:

ISET is a world-class school of economics founded at Tbilisi State University in 2006 by International Institutions, bilateral donors and government. Operating in English, it is designed to prepare students from the South Caucasus region for top further education programs in the West, as well as corporate and public-service jobs in their home countries.

The affiliated ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI) complements ISET’s educational mission by conducting policy research and training, providing research-based policy advice, and contributing to the public policy discussion in Georgia and the South Caucasus.

Both ISET and ISET-PI benefit from on-going commitments from senior international scholars and have strong financial backing from international organizations, corporations, and private donors.

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Senior researcher / group leader


16 Zandukeli Street

0108 Tbilisi , Georgia