African Center for Economic Transformation

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is one of the pre-eminent organizations in the world focused on advancing African solutions to African transformation challenges.


Driven by a commitment to support governments to address the policy and institutional barriers that hamper sustained economic growth on the continent, ACET was founded in 2008 with the support of national governments alongside major multilateral, bilateral donors and foundations. ACET is an economic policy institute that provides research, policy advice, and institutional strengthening for African countries to develop their economies, reduce poverty, and improve livelihoods.


ACET helps deliver African economic transformation, defined as growth with DEPTH – through a unique, integrated approach.

Growth with DEPTH is a framework developed by ACET that turns transformation from a concept into a practical policy agenda. Growth with DEPTH has been used to help Africa’s public and private sectors address the policy and institutional barriers that hamper sustained growth.


To learn more about ACET visit https://acetforafrica.org/.

Role purpose

 Role Purpose

ACET is seeking to recruit a Director of Policy and Programs to manage and coordinate ACET’s growing portfolio of programmes. The position reports to the Senior Director – research, Policy and Progams.


Duties and Responsibilities

Portfolio Management

The Director will have overall oversight of ACET’s thematic portfolio’s (Private Sector Development, The Compact with Africa/Reform Partnership initiatives and areas under development – Gender, Innovation and Regional Integration). Key responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring all projects are delivering on time and in line with ACET’s quality standard
  • Working with Heads of Programs to guide ACET’s programming and orientation and further develop and grow the ACET portfolio in line with the ACET Strategy
  • Ensure ACET’s portfolio of policy programs have clear theories of change (ToC) and aligned to the organizational ToC to facilitate effective impact management
  • Ensuring all projects are planned, implemented and completed within budget and scope.
  • Quality assurance – supervise, review and approve products and projects developed by the thematic teams before final submission to clients/partners.
  • Lead or contribute to selected projects – it is envisaged these will be new project areas under development or those that are ongoing but do not fit within a specific team.
  • Foster effective collaboration across the policy and programme teams and the research team
  • Work closely with ACET’s Programme Management Team to ensure projects are executed and delivered in accordance with ACET operational standards and strategic direction and monitored, measured and evaluated appropriately



Working closely with the Director of Research, ensure:

  • Policy research conducted by the sectoral teams adhere to ACET’s research quality standards
  • ACET’s research agenda and its’ the policy and program agendas are strongly aligned.
  • Effective coordination between the two teams during the development of ACET’s flagship programmes – namely ATR, ATI and ATF.


Policy Advise

Working closely with Heads of Programs and the Senior Director to ensure ACET’s policy advise to national governments and the private sector is robust, in line with global best practice and underpinned by solid evidence.


Stakeholder Engagement and Management

In collaboration with ACET programme leads and the Senior Director ensure ACET is:

  • Effectively managing its portfolio donor and research partners – this might include (but not restricted to) consortia management, field visits and organising stakeholder platforms, workshops and validation meetings.
  • Ensuring effective client relationship management including robust communication of progress during the project cycle
  • Ensure ACET has a robust framework for identifying and managing its partnerships with partner policy institutes in Africa and globally.


People Management

The Director will directly supervise the team leads in ACET and teams/experts involved in programs s/he is leading. This will include:

  • Assigning projects to ACET staff and consultants and managing programs to ensure effective delivery.
  • Identifying future human resource needs and skills within the policy and programme teams and working with HR to fill positions.
  • Working with the management team and HR to strengthen ACET’s database of consultants and researchers
  • Effective management of the policy & programme teams – including supporting career development of junior staff.


Resource Mobilization

The Director will:

  • Work with resource mobilization colleagues to identify and develop project proposals.
  • Effectively manage the costing of all proposals to ensure ACET meets its cost recovery targets.


Publications and Reports

The Director will be required to contribute articles and papers for publication by ACET as well as contributing articles, blogs, policy notes by ACET partners. They will also mine past reports to inform the development of knowledge products and policy briefs


Representing ACET

The Director will be required to represent ACET (in person and virtually) and serve a spokesperson for ACET on growth and DEPTH issues.



Education, Qualifications & Experience

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree (PhD) in Economics (with emphasis on Growth or Microeconomics)
  • A minimum of 5 years of post-PhD policy-relevant working experience
  • Relevant professional experience in microeconomic or growth policy analysis and advice preferably gained with a development-oriented institution.
  • Proven experience in the formulation of country development strategies


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Intellectually curious
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills. A good working knowledge of French will be an advantage
  • A strong track record of working with clients and being results-oriented, with strong analytical skills and a keen sense of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multitask with strong attention to detail, organization, time management and quality control
  • Commercially minded with a proven track record of successful resource management and effective project management
  • A strong and proven track record of effective people management and team leadership
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to deliver high-quality work under pressure
  • Ability to handle both strategic and administrative tasks and issues


Role Location

This position can be a remote location post. If the successful candidate is based outside Ghana, Accra, they will be offered a fixed-term consultancy contract.



Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position for which the successful candidate will be contracted on a two-year basis. A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience, including health insurance and annual performance bonus pay opportunity.


For people in Ghana, the person will be engaged on a 2-year staff contract. If remote working or an expat living in Ghana, the person will be engaged on a 2-year fixed term consultancy contract.




How to Apply & Key Steps in the Process

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 14 October 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].


SRI Executive is exclusively retained by ACET to undertake this assignment.


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