The Government Transparency Institute are looking for an analyst (or senior analyst depending on experience), who will work on research and policy analysis projects that cover diverse areas of good governance, such as spending efficiency, public procurement performance, corruption risk modeling, and competition policy.
The Government Transparency Institute is a non-partisan think tank researching and advocating good governance globally. Born from the research and civil society activism of the founder Mihály Fazekas, the Institute was founded in 2015 to provide an independent, research-driven voice to the causes of transparency, anti-corruption, and good-governance in Europe and beyond. It is financed by private donations, European research funds, and government contract work, and works independently of political parties or special interest groups. The aim of the Institute is to better understand the causes, characteristics, and consequences of low-quality governance with interdisciplinary analysis, drawing on political science, economics, law, and data science. We regularly work with the World Bank, IMF, the European Commission, Transparency International, Tax Justice Network, and a range of national governments from countries such as Sweden, Jamaica or Kenya. Our data and work has been quoted in news outlets such as the Economist, Wall Street Journal or Deutsche Welle.
Since the foundation of the Institute in 2015, we have grown dynamically. GTI started as a cooperation among like-minded researchers but it has been building a professional organizational structure during the last four years. We operate with around 15 permanent staff of executives, senior and junior analysts who work together as a close-knit team, supporting each other closely. As part of our analytics work, we created a complex data pipeline of regularly collecting contracting information for over 2% of annual world GDP. As part of our mission to serve the public good, we make most of this data available for stakeholders on a non-commercial basis. We also built a wider network of academics, policy
analysts, software developers and journalists which we can draw on to ensure flexibility in terms of resources and skills needed for different projects.
Despite the scary sounding ambiance of administrative data, you would be joining a very easy-going and young team. We collaborate intensely every day despite operating mostly online; happily agree upon convincing arguments and respectfully disagree otherwise; no questions are too genius (or the other kind) to ask; and we think mistakes are to learn from not to dwell on.
We are looking for an analyst (or senior analyst depending on experience), who will work on research and policy analysis projects that cover diverse areas of good governance, such as spending efficiency, public procurement performance, corruption risk modeling, and competition policy. You will become a part of a close-knit interdisciplinary research team, and regularly collaborate with internationally renowned experts and partner organizations. Your typical project tasks would range from preparing large-scale public contracting datasets for analysis (e.g. connecting contracts to company-level data), modelling and comparing contracting risks in specific sectors in Latin American countries, to evaluating contracting outcomes due to regulatory changes in EU-funded tenders.
The position entails working in a team on:
▪ Data cleaning and preparation in Stata, R and/or Python,
▪ Quantitative analysis in Stata, R and/or Python applied on administrative Big Data,
▪ Literature reviews and syntheses,
▪ Drafting policy reports and publication of scientific articles,
▪ Presenting research results for clients.
Expected skills and qualifications
▪ A Master’s degree in economics, political science, sociology or similar. Preferably ongoing or completed PhD in a relevant field.
▪ Proficiency in at least two of the following: Stata, R or Python.
▪ Proficiency in English, both written and oral.
▪ Additional languages are an advantage, especially French, Spanish, and Russian.
▪ Track record of participating in quantitative research projects is an advantage, as well as past working experience and interest in good governance, corruption, collusion or public procurement research.
▪ Familiarity with some of the following research methodologies is essential: OLS and logistic regression, matching estimators, panel data analysis, web scraping, or random forests.
How to apply
▪ Two-page CV
▪ Half-page letter of motivation
▪ Example of quantitative analysis: Stata do file/R/Phyton script and the corresponding paper
Deadline for applications: Continuous up until 31th of September 2022. Interviews toContinuous up until 31th of September 2022. Interviews to be held early October 2022.be held early October 2022.
Start date: as soon as possible.
Salary: 650-900 000 HUF gross for full-time employment depending on level of education, skills and experience.
Duration: permanent with 3 months’ probation period.
Working time: full time, part time is negotiable
Location: no restriction, but preferably Budapest. Place of work is negotiable (coworking office at Kalvin Square and/or home office).
Applications and enquiries shall be sent to Julianna Pásztory at email@example.com