Faculty Staff Assistant

Department: Evidence for Policy Design, Harvard University

Reports to: Deanna Ford, Michael Callen (New Faculty Starting July 1, 2014)

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Center for International Development at Harvard University is a research initiative that promotes the use of rigorous evidence to inform the design of public policies in countries around the world.   Led by Professors Rohini Pande and Asim Ijaz Khwaja, this research group directly engages with governments and local organizations to design and test innovative new policies, through utilizing the tools of microeconomics in large field-based experiments.  Understanding and informing the design of effective policy has the potential to bring about vast, sustainable improvements for populations in low-income countries. Through explicitly considering the objectives and constraints of policy actors from the outset, EPD researchers work to design projects that are relevant and applicable for answering important questions in the policy debate today.  As a research initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, EPoD also seeks to train current and future policymakers in effectively utilizing rigorous empirical evidence for designing policy.  

EPoD is currently seeking a Faculty Staff Assistant to support new faculty member Michael Callen, EPoD Director Deanna Ford and a large multi-year program to build capacity among policymakers to use research evidence.


Duties and responsibilities: Provide support on financial administration, grant proposals and deliverables, scheduling, travel arrangements, course development and delivery, and other administrative tasks for one HKS professor who conducts research in the area of political science and development economics, with a focus on post-conflict environments.  Also, provide support on similar tasks for the Director of EPoD.  A substantial portion of the position will provide direct support for a multi-year program to build capacity among policy makers to research evidence in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan under the direction of Ford, Callen and other EPoD faculty.

Specific tasks include: 

  • Financial support (e.g. processing reimbursements, preparing spreadsheets for budgets, processing vendor payments, monitoring account levels, prepare and produce financial reports using online financial systems)
  • Grant support (e.g. preparing, editing and proofreading of research documents, budgets and grant proposals; coordinating completion of requirements for sponsored and non-sponsored research)
  • HR support for research fellows, student RAs and interns (e.g. providing support for preparing and submitting paperwork for hiring fellows, student Quickhires, and interns, including related visa requirements)
  • Coordinating compilation of materials and submission of IRB applications, in addition to monitoring compliance with IRB protocols for EPoD projects
  • Research assistance (e.g. conducting background research, formatting tables, preparing bibliographies, data cleaning and analysis)
  • Support in preparing research and policy publications (e.g. edit, develop and proofread presentations, reports, research papers and grant proposals; prepare copy for publication or submission of grant proposals and/or reports)
  • Assistance in research project management (e.g. coordinating logistics of field activities, tracking of deadlines of project deliverables, support for task management)
  • Teaching support (e.g. Prepare course materials including: reviewing and summarizing papers, drafting Powerpoint presentations, locating materials online and in hard copy; submitting requests for permissions and copyright registration; ordering books and other materials; copying and preparing handouts, assisting with exam logistics, etc.)
  • Office support (e.g. purchasing office supplies, making travel arrangements, coordinating events)
  • Scheduling: managing calendars; making travel arrangements
  • May assist with faculty recruitment or promotion processes
  • Contributes to unit effort by accomplishing related duties as required.

Basic qualifications: Excellent English writing and financial skills. Must have some coursework and interest in economics, international development, and policy in developing countries. Computer literacy (including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and computer research skills are vital.  Some travel may be required.  Qualified applicants will be asked to provide a copy of transcript.  Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.  Demonstrated interpersonal skills with experience providing complex administrative and research support to one or more supervisors.

Preferred qualifications: Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. Strong organizational skills, ability to attend to details and to work both independently and as a member of a team are important. Additional skills in website management and technical computer support preferred.  Experience in field research, financial management, office support, and grants will be evaluated favorably.

Reporting to this position: None

How to Apply: You may apply directly through the Harvard University Employment Website, requisition #32545BR. Please upload your cover letter and resume as one document.