Post-Doc Research Fellow, Saudi Labor Market, EPoD

Position Description

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School is a research initiative that brings data and economics insights to the design and implementation of public policies in countries around the world. Researchers directly engage with governments and local organizations to design and test innovative new policies—identifying key policy questions, using economic theory to design policy responses and evaluating these via large field-based experiments. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, education, entrepreneurship, health, labor, agriculture, sustainable development, and access to finance.

EPoD is recruiting high potential post-doctoral fellows to contribute to a research-policy engagement with Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labor and Human Resources Development Fund. Based on an assessment of current constraints in the areas of employment and job acquisition in Saudi Arabia, researchers will work with policy counterparts to identify and evaluate potential policy solutions.

The Saudi Labor Market – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position offers an opportunity to work closely with and under the mentorship of economists doing empirical research in top-tier academic institutions and to collaborate with policy counterparts in Saudi Arabia. This position is based in Cambridge, MA but will include significant travel and work in Saudi Arabia and potentially other locations on a periodic basis. The job is ideal for someone with an enthusiasm for and experience with empirical research, and a desire to develop their own research agenda building on the larger research initiative. This position will provide excellent experience for individuals who are interested in pursuing a research career in Saudi Arabia working on issues of policy design, implementation, and evaluation. Visiting researchers will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with researchers at EPoD and across Harvard. Through its location at Harvard Kennedy School, EPoD also offers visiting researchers a wide range of opportunities to participate in seminars and working groups in development economics and other related topics.

Only candidates who have completed a PhD will be considered. The fellowship is a one year position with the possibility of a one year extension upon mutual agreement.


  • Produce original empirical research on Saudi labor market issues with guidance from faculty
  • Compile, assess and synthesize research into policy briefs, white papers, and academic articles with the guidance and oversight of the research faculty. Write key project documents in close collaboration with the research team
  • Contribute to survey and experiment design
  • Coordinate and oversee data collection activities with field staff and partner organizations, including making short visits to field sites abroad
  • Execute econometric and statistical analyses under the direction of the faculty researchers, including data management and overseeing data cleaning activities
  • Support the design, preparation and coordination of policy research workshops within this research agenda
  • Contribute to other related activities, as needed

Basic Qualifications:

  • PhD in economics, public policy, political science, law, statistics, econometrics or related field with a strong empirical focus
  • Coursework in empirical methods, including econometrics and economics with strong demonstrated academic performance 
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy and labor market issues in Saudi Arabia
  • Experience living and/or working in Saudi Arabia 
  • Excellent English and fluent Arabic oral and written communication skills, including a strong ability to integrate research and policy into coherent, concise, and effective written materials
  • Proficiency with Stata in addition to high computer proficiency (including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Well organized, able to work independently, and have strong attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to interact well with faculty, staff, and research partners internationally
  • Previous field and/or office experience in a research environment and willingness to travel internationally

How to Apply:

If you are interested, please email with the subject line "Saudi Labor Market – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow", your CV, academic transcript, and a statement of interest, all in English.

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