Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government is a research initiative that brings data and economic 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 currently seeking a Cambridge-based Program and Research Assistant to support research administration, data analysis, and the successful execution of program activities within a large and growing portfolio of EPoD research, training and policy activities, primarily focused on Saudi Arabia. Reporting to the Senior Policy Research Manager on the portfolio, the Program and Research Assistant will support a multi-million dollar annual request for proposals mechanism funding research at dozens of universities in the United States and abroad. He or she will also support other programmatic and administrative components and, in coordination with other members of EPoD's administrative and research team, ensure consistency with established processes and procedures. The position requires strong data and analytical skills as well as excellent organizational and communication skills. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to join a team of leading economists and public policy experts from Harvard and other universities to support cutting-edge policy research and gain first-hand experience working with policy partners.
Collect primary and secondary datasets
Clean and analyze large datasets using STATA, under the direction of faculty and senior staff;
Prepare literature reviews
Develop policy briefs, presentations, and other documents presenting research evidence in a compelling and policy-relevant format
Support research activities, including drafting research and data collection protocols and survey instruments, and monitoring and tracking implementation and data collection in the field
Draft, edit, and proofread presentations, reports, grant proposals, and supporting documentation for EPoD research projects and initiatives)
Assist with the Request for Proposals (RFP) management (e.g. assistance with logistics, award letters, others as needed)
Others, as required
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks. Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from the date of hire with the possibility of renewal.
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Bachelor's degree in economics, statistics, public policy, management, computer science, or a related field including quantitative coursework
Demonstrated use of statistical software packages including STATA
Strong interest in public policy and economic development
Excellent oral and written English skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite
Strong proficiency with data analysis techniques and statistics
Candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage with policy partners,
Written and oral Arabic skills
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