EPoD Research Fellow — Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

Cambridge, MA / Remote

About EPoD

Housed within the Center for International Development (CID), Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) is a dynamic research initiative that brings analytical insights, typically from economics, to the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. EPoD directly engages with governments and local organizations to identify key questions, design innovative new policies or interventions, and test these using the tools of applied microeconomics, including large field-based experiments. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, social protection, education, entrepreneurship, health, skills, state capacity, sustainable development, and access to finance.  Research projects are ongoing in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, China and Mexico.


About the Fellowship

EPoD research fellows work closely with faculty on specific research projects. Current projects include collaborating with government officials to analyze administrative tax data and strengthen the link between property taxes and urban public services and evaluating the effect of informational and behavioral interventions via an e-training platform in guiding jobseekers’ skill acquisition on their labor outcomes. 


Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and bring highly valued technical skillsets and cultural perspectives to our research teams. Fellows receive mentoring from faculty, work with cutting-edge topics and research methods, and participate in a broad range of activities at the Harvard Kennedy School. They are welcomed as members of the Harvard community and receive salary, benefits, and access to an array of University resources. Fellows are among the best and the brightest of future researchers and practitioners in Economics, Public Policy, and related fields, and many go on to graduate study or pursue careers outside of academia, supporting and implementing evidence-based policy from a wide variety of organizations.


This specific fellowship will be under the direction of Professor Asim Khwaja and focus on a set of research projects related to public finance and taxation, labor economics and skill development, and other themes. The countries of focus for this position will be Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. We are seeking a full-time research fellow for 1 year, with the possibility of second-year renewal, starting in summer 2021. This position will be based in Cambridge, MA with remote work possible for some period in accordance with University policies around COVID-19.


For more information on EPoD, visit our website.



  • Clean and manage large datasets
  • Conduct statistical analyses of data using Stata
  • Prepare literature reviews, background research, and other draft content for grant proposals and academic papers
  • Draft project reports, research protocols, and other project documents
  • Travel to the field as needed (pending public health guidance and University travel policies)




  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Economics, Public Policy, International Development, or related field requiring substantial quantitative coursework
  • Strong academic record
  • Strong interest in public policy and economic development research
  • Knowledge of randomized control trials
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency programming in Stata
  • Willingness to travel internationally  (pending public health guidance and University travel policies)



  • Graduate-level coursework in Economics and Econometrics
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills
  • Prior experience as a research assistant in the fields of Public Policy or Economic Development
  • Prior experience in field research
  • Excellent command of Stata


How to Apply

  • Send an email to EPoD@hks.harvard.edu following these instructions:
    • In the subject line, put “Research Fellow – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia -- ” followed by your first and last name (e.g., “Research Fellow – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia -- Jane Doe”).
    • Attach the following documents:
      • Cover letter (one page max)
      • CV
      • Academic transcripts from all degrees received
  • Have two academic or professional references (academic preferred) submit letters of reference on your behalf to EPoD@hks.harvard.edu following these instructions:
    • In the subject line, put “Letter of Recommendation – “ followed by your first and last name (e.g., “Letter of Recommendation – Jane Doe”).
    • Include the letter of recommendation as an attachment.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will not be considered complete until all elements are received. Applicants chosen to move forward in the hiring process will be required to participate in multiple interviews and take a Stata exam.