Part-Time Research Assistant with ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Part-Time Research Assistant with ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is seeking a part-time Research Assistant to support the Project: “Analyzing Infrastructure Impacts in Asia Through Big Data.” The Research Assistant will work remotely and report to ADBI task managers.

Assignment Period: September 2021 to July 2022


  • Assist in reviewing and editing research outputs resulting from the Project for publication.
  • Write codes and conduct regression work to estimate the economic effects of infrastructure projects in relevant papers.
  • Assist in organizing a research workshop and preparing the workshop proceedings as part of the Project.
  • Assist in preparing other research activities related to the Project.

Output Deliverables

  • Coordination and preparation of specific organizational and written inputs, speeches, presentation slides, and blog posts related to the Project.
  • Inputs and assistance for publishing working papers for the Project by ADBI task managers and resource persons, including, but not limited to, those focused on:
    • Cost benefit analysis of spillover tax revenues of infrastructure in case studies of transport projects in Asia.
    • Spillover effects of information technology infrastructure in Asia.
    • Effects of investment in water supply and sanitation infrastructure in Asia.


  • At least a master’s degree, and preferably pursuing a PhD degree, in economics, finance, or closely related areas.
  • Preferably a specialization or demonstrated interest in economics, econometrics, or finance.
  • Familiarity with economic development topics of relevance to Asia and the Pacific
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills in econometrics, including familiarity with macro/microeconomic data and STATA. Coding in Python will be advantageous. Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) is desirable.
  • Research experience, including post-graduate research, and ability to draft publishable papers covering literature reviews, data compilation, and analysis.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Engagement Terms

The part-time Research Assistant will work remotely on an intermittent basis.

The Research Assistant will serve for limited terms as independent contractors in a personal capacity. They are neither officers nor staff of ADBI. He/she will work under the direct supervision of ADBI task managers.

Application Procedure

Applicants must be nationals of an ADB member economy. If they are currently based in Japan, they must have a valid work visa or legal eligibility to work.

Applicants are invited to apply online.

Applications should be submitted no later than Monday, 16 August 2021, 5:00 pm, Tokyo time.

No telephone or e-mail submissions.
Women are encouraged to apply.
Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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