Call for Expression of Interest: Researcher, Local Government Revenue Initiative (LoGRI)


The Local Government Revenue Initiative (LoGRI) is seeking talented, passionate, and motivated junior researchers or related professionals to work alongside senior members of the LoGRI team on a new project to strengthen the property tax system in Malawi. The project will involve data gathering, interviews, and consultations with the government and public in the four largest cities in Malawi. Its primary objective is to assess potential reform needs and priorities and understand broader public and political support for reform. The findings from the research and consultations will inform the design of a likely multi-year donor-funded reform program.

While knowledge of African property tax systems is desirable, it is not required if candidates bring other strong research, writing, and organizational skills. The complete profile is described below.  Though the project’s scope is fixed, we are flexible and open to connecting with researchers who have conventional or non-conventional backgrounds. This includes junior researchers completing pre- or post-docs, recent graduates (PhDs or master’s), or those with graduate degrees and professional experience interested in issues of taxation and development in sub-Saharan Africa. The initial project duration is 4-6 months, beginning as soon as possible. However, involvement with this project is designed to be a potential entry point to longer-term work with LoGRI.

About LoGRI:

Based at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, the Local Government Revenue Initiative (LoGRI) is an initiative of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) and extends the foundational work of the African Property Tax Initiative. LoGRI aims to support local governments in lower-income countries by developing policy-relevant research, knowledge, expertise, and tools to support them to raise more revenue, more equitably and fairly, and in ways that promote trust, transparency, and accountability. It does so through a work program focused on five key areas: (1) knowledge and learning, (2) resources and tools, (3) government partnerships and impact, (4) building a network, and (5) international influence.

The Role:

The researcher will support a broader team and will be expected to:

  • Conduct desktop research on specific topics related to property taxation and/or fiscal decentralisation in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Synthesise insights and draft reports on the reform programs in the four focus cities
  • Support planning and implementation of workshops with municipal officers in the four focus cities
  • Provide support in creating learning materials and tools on property tax reform best practices
  • Participate in other research and training activities as needed.

Desired researcher profile:

We are particularly looking for researchers with the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent and proven research skills, ideally including data analysis, quantitative and qualitative methods (essential)
  • Experience living or working (including fieldwork) in low or middle-income countries, preferably in Africa (strongly preferred)
  • Overall research or related experience of at least one to two years. More senior profiles are welcome
  • Ability to summarise complex research results in easy and concise ways
  • Ability to work independently and flexibly within a team
  • Being detail-oriented with excellent management and organisational skills
  • Understanding of property taxation and public finance, or a strong interest to work or learn about these themes
  • Master’s or Ph.D. (completed or ongoing) in economics, political science, public policy, or related disciplines.


LoGRI is a multi-country initiative based primarily at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. It has team members in other countries, predominantly in the UK and across Africa. This role will require travel as needed to Malawi.

Any subsequent engagement for this role will be conducted following applicable University of Toronto processes and policies.

How to submit an expression of interest:

If you would like to be considered, please send your CV and a short (1-page max) cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Your Name – Expression of Interest.” We will give priority to those who put themselves forward before October 29, 2021.

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