Consultant (EPoD/IFMR)

Location: Delhi, India, with frequent travel to Nepal required
Time Period: 5-6 months
Start Date: As soon as possible

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Center for International Development at Harvard University has partnered with India’s Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), to implement a series of research projects focused on development policy in India. Both IFMR and EPoD are dedicated to using rigorous evidence to address challenging questions at the intersection of economic development and public policy. Our cutting-edge research examines questions related to governance, financial inclusion, livelihoods, gender, and sustainable development, drawing from a network of expert academics with expertise in India and around the world.

As part of our work outside India, EPoD India at IFMR is currently seeking a short-term consultant to support training and research in Nepal. The consultant will be responsible for developing training content to be used in capacity building sessions in Nepal and focused on policy issues in Nepal and Bangladesh. The consultant will also provide support before a major policy dialogue in the region through helping identify and recruit potential policy partner participants and supporting EPoD staff in dialogue preparations. After the dialogue, the consultant will provide follow-up support in relationship management, data analysis, literature reviews, and/or helping set up a potential research-policy collaobration with one or more dialogue participants.

The position requires a self-starting candidate with a robust understanding of economic theory and empirical analysis in addition to familiarity with public policy challenges and government systems and policy actors in Nepal. Expertise in governance, gender, or environment is a plus. The candidate should be able to build training materials including case studies, conduct high-quality data analysis, conduct intensive desk-based research, as well as organize and oversee logistics/operations, communicate effectively, and liaise well with senior policy stakeholders and government partners.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work with EPoD India team to identify and develop case studies for training activities in Nepal.
  • Conduct desk-based research (including data analysis) to identify and build in-class training sessions and assist the EPoD team in customising existing content to a Nepal-specific audience. 
  • Under the direction of EPoD staff, spend time in Nepal researching case studies, supporting operations related to the training and dialogue, developing potential research-policy collaborations, and meeting with government partners and stakeholders relevant to the cases, training sessions, and policy dialogue.
  • Build four to five in-class teaching plans to complement a suite of 5 digital modules, building upon the Nepal-specific training content.
  • Provide regular written and verbal updates to EPoD team and update the content created based on their input.
  • Support EPoD senior staff in conducting trainings and policy dialogue in Nepal.
  • Serve as a liaison in high-potential relationships for EPoD to take ahead.
  • Other support, as may be required.

Basic Qualifications: Master’s degree in Economics or Public Policy with 3-5 years experience with data-based research and public policy engagement required. Strong technical skills and ability to explain technical terms and concepts clearly. Excellent oral and written English skills required. Candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage with senior policy partners. Candidate must be mature and self-directed with the ability to balance multiple tasks and prioritize effectively to meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment, while ensuring all work is of excellent quality and rigor. 

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy, or related field, and experience managing research and/or development projects is preferred. Experience working with government in the region preferred.

Location: This position will be based in Delhi, India, with regular travel to Nepal required. Alternatively, an excellent candidate with a proven record may be based in Nepal and would make regular trips to Delhi.

How to Apply: If you are interested in this position, please email epod.harvard.india@gmail.com with the subject line "Consultant: Nepal", your CV, academic transcript, and a statement of interest.

See also: India