Vacancy Announcement

Junior Urban Economist/Development Economist



Cairo, Egypt

Post Duration

9-12 Months

Post Type

Full Time

Closing Date

May 15, 2015


Takween Integrated Community Development (Takween ICD) is an urban development firm established in 2009 in Egypt by a young dynamic team in response to a foreseen growing demand for innovative urban solutions. Takween-ICD specializes in the development of integrated packages in urban development services and solutions to support and complement efforts of tackling urban challenges.

Takween ICD is currently implementing, with its partner the American University in Washington D.C., an urban initiative Ė TADAMUN: The Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative. TADAMUN is working to help residents of neglected and underserved communities in Cairo to realize their right to the city and to participate in decision making processes that affect their lives.

TADAMUN is in the process of launching a new research project on spatial inequality in the Greater Cairo Region (GCR). The project will attempt to understand inequality within the GCR beyond the simple dichotomies of rich vs. poor, formal vs. informal, new vs. old that typically dominate narratives of the city, and demonstrate, through evidence-based research, the spatial dimensions of inequality.

The selected candidate will be employed by Takween ICD and be based in its premise (Maadi, Cairo). You will report to the projectís Urban Economist/Development Economist, and work closely with all TADAMUN staff and project leaders both in Cairo and Washington D.C.

Job Purpose

Assist the projectís Urban Economist/Development Economist in implementing all of the research associated with a new research project on urban inequalities in the GCR launched by Tadamun.


Program Management / Technical Responsibilities

Conduct the following tasks under the supervision of the Urban Economist/Development Economist:

-          Measure and analyze inequality, broadly defined, including traditional measures of inequality such as income and poverty, but also access to public services, application of planning regulation, government investment, budget allocations, etc.;

-          Analyze social policy and the distributional impact of policies and programs on urban development and levels of equality;

-          Analyze and assess the role of the public sector in promoting greater spatial equality;

-          Produce analytical and research work to contribute to our website;

-          Collaborate with other team members to develop analytical and research products;

-          Document the research methodology to be made available to the public;

-          Establish relationships with government officials, academic and non-academic institutions, and NGOs to promote knowledge exchange;

Communication and Reporting

-          Report on a regular basis progress of activities to the Urban Economist/Development Economist;

-          Actively engage under the supervision of the Urban Economist/Development Economist in public events initiated by TADAMUN;

-          Attend coordination meetings with project staff, donors and beneficiaries when needed.

Specifications (Qualifications, Experience, and Skills)


-          Bachelorís degree in Statistics, economics, sociology, public policy, or a related field, preferably with a focus on either urbanism or inequality. Substantive knowledge of statistical analysis tools is a must.Applicants with a Masterís are preferred.



-          3-5 years of experience in economics and statistics, preferably in spatial inequality, social policy and urban planning;

-          Demonstrated experience with STATA, SPSS, or similar programs;

-          Demonstrated experience with geographic information systems (GIS);

-          Experience working with Egyptian datasets preferred;


-          Knowledge of urban issues in Egypt;

-          Fair understanding of critical urban planning issues in the Egyptian context;

-          Fair understanding of the urban institutional and regulatory framework in Egypt;

-          Familiarity with the unique challenges of preforming data-driven research in Egypt is a plus;


-          Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English;

-          Ability to engage in policy dialogue;

-          Strong planning and organizational skills to cope with expected workload;

-          Demonstrated excellent writing and editing skills;

-          Proven ability to translate complex data analysis into written reports.

Salary & Benefits


How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their CVs to:

Subject:†† Junior Urban Economist/Development Economist

Deadline for applications: May 15, 2015

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview