Junior Development Economist - Lumec

May 15, 2018by Joanne Parker

Why work for us?

As economists, we provide analyses that are data-driven and realistic, and solutions that are both practically implementable and sustainable. We are a young company with a fresh perspective that is centred on people and the environment. Our method is collaborative, transparent and objective. We understand the unique challenges synonymous with the present economic paradigm and strive to present solutions which can withstand such challenges. Our approach results in better analysis and more accurate recommendations to inform the development of a connected, inclusive and sustainable society.

At LUMEC we believe in the potential of South Africa, and believe that research can assist unlock this potential. What drives us is our genuine desire to assist our clients reach informed decisions that are sustainable and implementable. We need to grow our existing team so we can deepen our reach and impact, so if you’re reading this you’re in luck as you may be the person we’re looking for.

Are you an innovative individual who enjoys collaboration and values relationship building as much as data interpreting? Do you operate with integrity? Is holistic sustainability important to you? If you answered yes to all of those then read on ‘cos you’ll fit right in!


Position: Junior Development Economist

Location: Durban, South Africa

Salary: R10,000 per month

Duration of Contract: Permanent (with probationary period)

Reference Number: LUMEC201801

Deadline for application:  5 July 2018

Main duties and responsibilities include:

1). Providing support to one or more LUMEC consulting projects that focus on development economics (market demand assessments, business planning, economic development strategy, impact assessments).  Work elements will include research (both desktop and primary), organising meetings, and documentation of events and workshops.

2). Assisting with a range of administrative tasks in the organisation including updating the LUMEC website and social media.  

3) Other duties as assigned.


Company Benefits:

  • Company laptop
  • Option to work remotely depending on our work schedule
  • Flexible start and finish time (within reason)


A Masters degree or at minimum an honours degree in economics, development studies, built environment, sociology or associated disciplines. Excellent writing skills and a willingness to learn are essential. A genuine interest and commitment to economic development and how it leads to employment creation and equality, which aligns with the company’s operational philosophies and culture. Proficiency with data analytics tools (at least Microsoft Excel), cloud computing and open data tools is advantageous.   

The successful candidate will be someone who is highly self-motivated, takes initiative and is able to handle an environment with tight deadlines where tasks and priorities change. The role might require extended hours occasionally so dedication to the task at hand is a priority.

Please note that this is a full time position based in Durban and is not open to students currently in the process of completing their degrees (unless a part time student). This is an employment equity position.

Starting date:  1 August or sooner if possible

To apply for this role please follow this link to complete the job application questionnaire and we will be in touch with you thereafter: https://goo.gl/forms/n1ybzjyZOzRtlNB52

Joanne Parker