EPoD Research Fellow – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

Cambridge, MA

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, Mexico, and Morocco. For more information on EPoD, visit our website.

About the Fellowship

EPoD research fellows work closely with faculty on specific research projects. Current projects include examining the role of citizen non-electoral participation in improving the quality of public education, collaborating with government on analyzing and enhancing policing and judicial services, and examining how education technology can help students who are behind catch up and master foundational skills.

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 education, governance, 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 2023. The position will be based in Cambridge, MA, with the possibility of hybrid in-office/remote scheduling in accordance with university flexwork policies.


  • 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, survey instruments, and other project documents
  • Travel to the field as needed
  • Coordinate with a variety of research team members at EPoD and partner organizations, including those based internationally



  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Economics, Public Policy, International Development, or related field requiring substantial quantitative coursework
  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Proficiency programming in Stata
  • Thorough understanding of randomized control trials and econometric methods
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong motivation and self-direction
  • Strong interest in public policy and economic development research
  • Willingness to travel internationally


  • 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 and working with large, complex datasets

How to Apply 

To apply, please email the following to EPoD@hks.harvard.edu:

  • Cover letter (one page max)
  • CV
  • Academic transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Coding sample demonstrating data analysis skills in Stata (preferred), R, or Python
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic (preferred) or professional references (can be submitted later in the review process)


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will not be considered complete until all elements (excluding letters of recommendation) are received. Applicants chosen to move forward in the hiring process will be required to take a Stata exam, participate in multiple interviews, and provide additional materials as requested. Please contact EPoD@hks.harvard.edu with any questions.