An opportunity has arisen to take part in an ICTD funded research project for recent graduates and early career professionals interested in developing their research skills and gaining fieldwork and project management experience in preparation for a doctoral programme. The predoctoral research consultant will work closely with ICTD Research and Doctoral Fellows primarily on a project focusing on the role of traditional authorities and informal institutions in governance, taxation, and development in Sierra Leone.

The predoctoral fellow will gain experience in leading and managing field research, engaging in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and will receive mentorship from the research team.

Key responsibilities/ activities:

  • Manage field research activities and coordinate fieldwork logistics;
  • Supervise primary data collection, including surveys, interviews, and focus group discussions;
  • Ensure high quality data management and analysis;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with stakeholders, including local communities, government officials, and traditional authorities;
  • Support the lead researchers, including with research ethics processes, background research inputs (literature reviews, scoping exercises, etc.), and data analysis; and,
  • Support research communication and dissemination, including through blogs, policy briefs, and research presentations.


  • Master’s degree preferred (in economics, political science, global affairs, development studies, or a related field);
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills or a desire and willingness to learn;
  • Experience with survey software (e.g., ODK / Kobocollect/ SurveyCTO) or a desire and willingness to learn;
  • Independent problem-solving skills and ability to self-manage;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • High cultural and emotional intelligence; and,
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of local languages in Sierra Leone is a plus.

This paid one-year consultancy position is based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and includes an accommodation and travel allowance. The proposed start date is after 1 June 2024.

The position falls under the research project “Chiefs and formal and informal taxation in Sierra Leone” with Vanessa van den Boogaard (University of Toronto/ICTD) and Kevin Grieco (University of California, Los Angeles/LoGRI) as principal investigators.

To apply, please send your CV, cover letter, and a list of references to [email protected]. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a deadline of 30 April 2024.