Company Overview

Laterite is led by a team of young entrepreneurial professionals who see the opportunity to transform the way research is done. The research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities, including Harvard University, Columbia University, University of California – Berkeley, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), with vast experience working in development research in several countries. Our entire data collection team is recruited and trained from the best local universities in the countries we operate. Laterite is proud to be a culturally diverse organization with permanent staff from Rwanda, Mexico, Canada, Greece, Kenya, India. USA, UK and Spain.

Summer Associate Fellow at Laterite

For people interested in applying their analytic and consulting skills to complex development research problems, Laterite offers an ideal platform to grow professionally, collaborate, explore new and innovative ideas and contribute on issues that matter. As a summer associate at Laterite you will have the opportunity to work on either: (i) a specific research project, from design, through to field work and analysis; (ii) a specific lab project (i.e. an internal research project – please consult our website for more information on the type of research we do); or (iii) a specific area of business development.

This is a challenging position that will take you to the field and provide you with hands-on experience with conducting rigorous research in complex environments. It is a very practical application of the tools and techniques you learn throughout the first or second year of your Masters program. The position will help you put your Masters curriculum into context and hopefully also some thoughts on professional opportunities after your graduate program. At Laterite, you will also get involved in some of our internal research programs (which at the moment include developing a household panel data, research into new evaluation methods and some ideas for new research products) and contribute to some of the strategic choices that come with growing a small business that is in the expansion phase.

Our ideal candidates are entrepreneurial, creative, passionate about international development, structured in their thinking with strong management and technical research skills. They will be able to effectively solve problems and adapt to changing situations.

Your role at Laterite

At Laterite, we tend to work simultaneously on a variety of short term to medium term research projects. As a summer associate, you will be assigned to one research project that will be determined before you start depending on your interests, timing and Laterite’s needs. We do not have much visibility at this point on the project-mix for this summer, but should be able to communicate that to the successful candidate by April/May.

Expected Qualifications

  • Experience in international development, public policy, economic and social research, market research or consulting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English
  • Fluent in English (French, Kinyarwanda or Amharic is a plus)
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong quantitative skills: able to analyze large datasets, conduct statistical analysis and design sampling frames
  • Knowledge of Stata, R, and/or Python
  • Experience living and working in different cultures; time spent in sub-Saharan Africa or developing countries


Dates are flexible and can be decided between Laterite and the summer associate, depending on his/her availability and the timing of the project on which he/her will be allocated. We expect the associate to work with us and be based incountry for at least 2-3 months.


This assignment will either be Kigali or Addis Ababa based. Both cities offer all the enjoyment and facilities of a capital, including several supermarkets, shopping malls and great restaurants. It is easy to find affordable housing options in shared houses and the Laterite team will do its best to help you with getting settled. Public transportation is convenient and one does not need to own a car. Finally, both Kigali and Addis Ababa offer a relatively safe environment compared to other cities in Africa.


We will offer the associate a lump-sum of approximately US$2000 for the duration of the project, but this can be adjusted depending on the duration of the assignment. We will not pay for flights to Rwanda or Ethiopia and expect the candidate to be covered by his/her own health insurance policy throughout the assignment. Proof of appropriate health coverage is a pre-requisite.

Application Process

Please complete the following form including a CV, cover letter and a short writing sample within the link. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply ASAP. We will aim to complete the recruitment process by February 24th, 2017. For successful candidates, the recruitment process will be based on three interviews – two case-based interviews and a final interview focusing on personal and professional objectives and motivations. For more information please consult our website.