Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School is a research program that works to promote the use of analytical insights, drawn from economics and backed by rigorous evidence, to inform 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. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, education, entrepreneurship, health, agriculture, sustainable development, and access to finance, with a focus on India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia.
As part of its mission—uniting research and practice for smart policy—EPoD trains policymakers around the world in the use of data and evidence for more effective decision-making. EPoD’s trainings draw on cutting-edge pedagogical methods, including blended learning, digital modules, and learner data, to provide policy decision-makers with practical skills and frameworks for effectively applying data and evidence in their work, leading to better policy outcomes.
About the Position
EPoD is currently seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow to lead the pedagogical strategy for its capacity building for evidence-based policymaking program, including overseeing the development of pedagogical content, the design of training activities, and the evaluation of program impact. There will be a particular focus on integrating rigorous empirical research into course content, requiring analysis and synthesis of data and academic papers into teaching materials. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also contribute to innovative meta-analyses of training activities, which will inform and guide future EPoD training activities as well as lead to potential research publications.
The Post-Doctoral Fellow will work closely with EPoD faculty members, in particular Prof. Dan Levy, as well as staff from Harvard Kennedy School’s Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) program to bring the latest in pedagogical innovation and excellence to EPoD teaching. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will receive programmatic support from EPoD’s training team.
The fellowship is a two-year position, with the possibility of extension upon mutual agreement. The offer terms will be competitive and designed to attract candidates considering lecturer offers at leading research universities. The successful candidate will be based at the Harvard Kennedy School and have full access to the HKS intellectual community.
Lead the development of courses and training materials in the area of evidence-informed policymaking, including:
- Review relevant literature to inform course content
- Oversee the development of case studies, lecture slides, exercises, and other teaching materials
- Oversee curriculum development and course planning
- Deliver trainings to high-level policymakers abroad and in the US
Guide the analysis of training effectiveness, including:
- Conduct statistical analyses of training data using Stata
- Design surveys, tests, and interventions to measure learning and other outcomes
- Prepare publications and policy reports on EPoD’s pedagogical methods and training results
- PhD in Economics, Public Policy, International Development, Education, or related field requiring substantial quantitative coursework
- Strong academic record
- Strong interest in public policy and economic development
- Prior knowledge of and demonstrated interest in pedagogical methods
- Prior teaching experience
- Familiarity with educational technology, in particular its application to online and blended learning
- Strong English oral and written communication skills
- Excellent command of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Proficiency programming in Stata, R, or other languages/packages used for statistical analyses
- Willingness to travel abroad to deliver trainings multiple times per year
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching as evidenced by course evaluations, awards, etc.
- Proficiency in Arabic
- Experience in the Gulf region
How to Apply
Send an email to EPoD@hks.harvard.edu following these instructions:
- In the subject line, put “Post-Doctoral Fellow – ” followed by your first and last name (e.g., “Post-Doctoral Fellow – Jane Doe”).
Attach the following documents:
- Cover letter (one page max)
- Academic transcripts from all degrees received
- Job market paper or other representative research paper
- Evaluations from courses taught, if available
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.