Career in Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI)

PRI is looking for Research Associate/Senior Research Associate for a fixed/long-term appointment

Background / General description: Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) is a non-profit public policy think tank in Bangladesh, operating since 2009. Major activities include preparing policy briefs as well as providing timely policy advice and facilitating stakeholder dialogues, delivering analytical reports, training and capacity building in the areas of fiscal management, tax administration, macroeconomic policies, poverty and development, trade policy, private sector development, financial services, social protection, environmental sustainability and Climate Change issues. Research support is needed in the following lines of work: (i) designing macro-fiscal frameworks that are aligned with the goals of reducing poverty and boosting inclusive growth, grounded in economic, social and environmental sustainability; (ii) fiscal and debt policy sustainability; (iii) growth analytics, and policies to start, sustain and boost growth; (iv) analysis of tariffs, protection, and trade policy strategies for growth; (v) analyzing the impact of external shocks on growth and the government fiscal position; (vi) private sector development related issues, including special economic zones and PPPs; (vii) financial sector related analytics and policy formulation; (viii) social protection strategies and implementation; (ix) environmental and climate change related analysis linked to sustainable growth; and (x) implementation support for institutional capacity building.

General description: The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (SRA) will be part of a team and will work in close coordination with the Directors of PRI.  She/he will be expected to work under supervision of the Directors, conducting background research, helping the team prepare analytical papers on economic policy issues in Bangladesh and to help strengthening economic policy related work of PRI.  She/he will also be expected to work on different economic policy programs while appropriately maintaining a collegial team environment for delivering the best results to the clients.   More specifically the job will include among other things:

  • Working with the Directors and contributing to the preparation of different sector analytical reports, economic policy briefs, other dissemination materials that PRI is tasked to undertake;
  • When required, conduct background research on various economic issues for policy formulation;
  • Keeping track of important global, economic and business developments;
  • When required, participate in workshops and seminars on behalf of PRI;
  • As and when required, provide support to the editorial team of the PRI flagship quarterly, Policy Insights

The position will be fixed term or open-ended contractual appointment with scope for renewal by mutual agreement.

Selection Criteria: The successful candidate for this position should have demonstrated a sound basic understanding of economics, superior technical skills, a capacity to operate successfully across sectors and with other donor agencies, civil society organizations in Bangladesh, with first-rate interpersonal skills. The incumbent must be able to interact effectively with senior officials of the government, and staff/officials of donor agencies.
Other selection criteria include:

  1. Master’s degree in economics from a well-recognized University. (Degree from North America, Europe and Australia is preferred). Those with at least three years of experience in recognized economic research will be hired as Economist.
  2. Having good understanding of development issues facing Bangladesh as well as those facing other developing countries;
  3. Ability to translates technical knowledge into practical applications that contribute to country and sector strategies; e.g., able to translate technical analyses of macroeconomic, debt, trade, fiscal policy, and growth linkages into policy recommendations and cross-country lessons. 
  4. Strong communication skills, including the ability to speak persuasively which would be important for presenting ideas clearly and concisely to both internally to PRI professionals as well as when required with government officials dealing with policy;
  5. Sound analytical abilities (e.g. with econometric packages) and adept (advance skills preferred) in Microsoft Office Suite;
  6. In-depth knowledge of data analysis and ability to work with large dataset (expertise in data analysis tools,e.g. STATA, MS Access);
Salary : Negotiable

Application submission deadline is: 20 January 2022.


Applications should be sent to the following email address : (;

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted