AVCA: Research Associate

African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA)
London, UK

29 July 2022


Title: Research Associate

Location: Remotely/Office

Duration: 18 Months

Working hours: Full-time

Start date: As soon as possible

African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) is a member-supported organisation whose mission is to catalyse the private capital industry in Africa.

Key to achieving our mission is a focus on excellence. We promote the highest ethical standards in governance and transparency and seek to enhance the industry’s professionalism through the provision of training to our members. Our regular networking events provide opportunities to share best practice, exchange ideas and uncover new business leads. In addition, recognised as the global leader of data sources for private capital in Africa, AVCA provide thorough and independent research of private capital in Africa to promote and enable:

- a deeper understanding of Africa's investment landscape;

- greater access to African markets; and

- investment in the industry.

AVCA’s team is drawn from a range of backgrounds that reflect the continent’s diversity.



We are looking for a highly analytical problem solver with a financial or economist background for the position of Research Associate. The Research Associate will be responsible for analysing industry trends and writing reports that inform decisions, among other duties. S(he) will need to distill complex economic data to technical and non-technical audiences, requiring excellent communicative ability.

The Research Associate will work closely with AVCA’s Research team to deliver three research papers on Fintech investing, Capital markets and Funds and Trust services in Africa; s(he) will also provide support across a range of projects. The Research Associate will be:

  • Carrying out background research and literature reviews
  •  Designing methods and procedures for obtaining data
  • Collecting data, conducting surveys, sifting and assembling data, identifying and analysing trends and forecasts
  •  Analysing the impact of recent policies and developments in the industry
  • Writing technical and non-technical reports on economic trends and recommendations on the suitability of alternative action and allocation of capital
  • Explaining research methodology and justify conclusions drawn from research data
  • Delivering oral and visual presentations in order to inform decisions
  • Contributing to publications
  • Participating in workshop with external stakeholders



  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Economics, Finance, Statistics or related field
  • Experience in applied Research is highly beneficial
  • The ability to manipulate large data sets into manageable, understandable reports
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of private equity and venture capital in Africa
  •  Advanced Microsoft Excel, Power Point and Word skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in English



  • Strong interest in the development of the African private investment sector
  • Fluency in French as a second language 



To apply for the role, please email your CV and a cover letter stating your notice period and highlighting your suitability for the role in alignment with the job description to: admin@avca-africa.org by close of business on Friday 29th July 2022.


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