Research Fellow — Research and Program Management Specialist, EPoD

Cambridge, MA

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), housed within the Center for International Development, 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 and interventions, and test these using the tools of applied microeconomics, including randomized experiments. Through research, teaching, and capacity-building activities, we also work to equip policymakers worldwide with the knowledge and skills to effectively use data and evidence to achieve policy goals. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, education, entrepreneurship, health, agriculture, sustainable development, and access to finance. 

 

Research fellows work closely with faculty on specific research projects. Current projects include evaluating the effect of informational and behavioral interventions on individuals’ tolerance towards others, and collaborating with government on analyzing and enhancing policing and judicial services for individuals experiencing a crime or dispute. Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and bring highly valued communication skills, technical knowledge, and cultural perspectives to our research teams. 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. Many go on to top PhD programs or pursue careers outside of academia, supporting, implementing, and amplifying evidence-based policy from a variety of organizations.    

 

This Research Fellow will work under the direction of Professor Asim Khwaja on a set of research projects related to governance, public finance, skill development, labor economics, and other themes. The successful candidate will support technical analysis, project implementation and management, research proposal development, and research dissemination. The position will also collaborate closely with colleagues across Harvard University and at partner organizations such as the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). The position offers an opportunity to work closely with and receive mentoring from economists doing empirical research in international development. This position is based in the US but also requires travel to field locations during their tenure. The expected primary regions of focus for this position are Pakistan and the Middle East. 

 

Responsibilities 

  • Clean and manage large datasets, and conduct statistical analyses of data using Stata 
  • Contribute to management of projects, including project research development, oversight of field activities, managing project finances and other resources, drafting and coordinating submission of project deliverables, liaising with project partners and supporting grant submission processes 
  • Prepare literature reviews, background research, and other draft content for academic papers 
  • Work closely with faculty researchers to develop other research and policy outputs (e.g. edit, develop and proofread presentations, project reports, policy briefs, and research protocols), in addition to grant proposals and supporting documents for research projects 
  • Contribute to the hiring and onboarding process of research team members relevant to research projects 
  • Assist with the IRB application and approval process, and support project data management 
  • Maintain and develop stakeholder relationships with key partners and field teams on the ground 
  • Oversee the design and implementation of policy or training workshops 
  • Write website content and other communications contributions, development and management  
  • Others, as required 

Qualifications: 

Required 

  • Master’s degree in economics, Public Policy, International Development, or related field requiring substantial quantitative coursework 
  • Strong interest in public policy and economic development in low-income countries  
  • Coursework in empirical methods, including econometrics and economics, and knowledge of randomized control trials 
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills 
  • Experience in grant proposal development and field research.  
  • Programming proficiency in Stata 
  • Computer literacy (including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint)  
  • Willingness to travel internationally 

Preferred: 

  • 2-3 years of related research and/or field experience  
  • Strong ability to integrate research and policy into coherent and effective written materials  
  • Well organized, able to prioritize, have a strong attention to detail and manage multiple assignments simultaneously 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact well with faculty, staff, students, and research partners in developing countries 
  • Previous experience as a research assistant in the fields of Public Policy or Economic Development.  
  • Previous experience in research project management 

 

How to Apply:

Complete the following online application form: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_720I75GR3xUVUdE 

The form will request uploads of the following documents:  

  • Cover letter (one page max)  
  • CV  
  • Academic transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable)  

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. 

Please email fay_terrett@hks.harvard.edu with any questions.