Ideas for Developing Asia and the Pacific

Consultant (Economist)

Department Research
Report to Vice-Chair of Research
Location ADBI, Tokyo, Japan
Date Posted 11 May 2023
Closing Date 31 May 2023

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is seeking an experienced Consultant (Economist) specializing in one or more of the following: development microeconomics; agricultural economics; environmental and natural resource economics; experiments, behavior, and development economics; sustainability; and cultures. Candidates must be able to conduct field experiments and survey research covering agriculture, natural resources, and climate change in Asia, as well as track and assess policy solutions in these areas. Candidates are required to have qualitative and quantitative analysis experience.


  • Conduct a comprehensive review of relevant data and research, in collaboration with internal and/or external parties, to produce multiple publishable papers
  • Utilize econometric and statistical analysis, as well as model estimation, to analyze data and generate insights that can inform climate change policy and identify areas for agricultural productivity improvement
  • Design and execute independent experiments and surveys in several Asian Development Bank developing member economies to address climate change and agricultural productivity challenges
  • Compile analytical reviews and literature summaries for research projects, including collecting relevant documents and data from research publications, electronic databases, and online
  • Present country-level research on climate change and agriculture, and simulate policy changes to assess their impact on key economic variables
  • Organize seminars, webinars, and conferences to showcase special issue papers, in collaboration with partner journals
  • Engage in structured dialogues with stakeholders to identify optimal interventions for field experiments and points of intervention, building on desk analyses
  • Review research reports and produce blogs for publication via ADBI outreach channels; edit papers, documents, and other materials
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned

Selection Criteria

  • PhD in economics with a specialization in development microeconomics, agricultural, environmental, and natural resource economics, or other relevant area
  • At least 5-6 years of relevant work experience in academia or as a think tank researcher
  • Experience leading projects, providing research support, handling analysis software, and addressing econometric model issues
  • Fieldwork experience in Asian countries, including conducting surveys, games, and experiments
  • Track record publishing original work in peer reviewed journals with high-impact factors
  • Well-versed in Latex, Stata, EViews, Microsoft Word & Excel, and online experimental tools
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a constructive team lead and team member
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Appointment Terms

The Consultant (Economist) will be based in Tokyo, with an initial term of one year. Any contract extension is subject to consultant performance and ADBI’s needs. Consultants are independent contractors; they are neither officers nor staff of ADBI. Consultants work under the direct supervision of ADBI professional staff.

Application Procedure

Applicants must be nationals of an Asian Development Bank member economy, currently residing in Japan, and/or already in possession of valid permission to work in Japan.

Applicants are invited to apply online. Please attach a resume, Personal History Form, and cover letter.

Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday, 31 May at 5:00pm Tokyo time.

Upon submitting, please wait for your application to load. Once completed, you will be redirected to a thank you page. Do not submit your application multiple times.

No telephone or e-mail submissions are accepted.

Women are encouraged to apply.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.