Advancing Evidence in Policy Fellow

  • Washington, DC
  • Temporary
  • Experienced

The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an independent, non-partisan, research organization that focuses on issues and institutions critical to inclusive development, publishing rigorous empirical research and pursuing active engagement with the global policy community to drive development progress.

The Center is seeking one or more outstanding researchers to help advance evidence-informed policymaking through a two-year fellowship placement in a US government department or agency working on aid and development policy. Designed to strengthen the link between research and policymaking, this fellowship provides a rare opportunity for a highly-motivated candidate to develop and execute a research agenda that supports improvements in the management and measurement of US foreign assistance programming—with the benefit of insider access to unique data and high-level policymakers.

Over the course of two years, fellows will work alongside government officials to identify research questions and conduct analysis intended to make US foreign aid investments more effective, equitable, sustainable, and accountable for results.

The Fellow’s principal responsibilities will include: 

  • Design and implement cutting edge research, making use of available data to inform active policy conversations aimed at strengthening and improving US foreign aid programming
  • Develop recommendations for improved data collection and maintenance to bolster future research opportunities
  • Publish memos, papers, policy briefs, and/or other written products for internal use as well as external publication
  • Build bridges between the host agency/department and other leading researchers in the field
  • Support government colleagues’ ongoing research and analysis in relevant areas
  • Contribute to the intellectual leadership of the host bureau or office’s work
  • Supervise and professionally develop entry-level research assistants

The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications: 

  • Currently hold or ability to obtain TS/SCI clearance
  • Strong preference for a doctoral degree in social science, but equivalent research track records will be considered
  • Experience with US foreign assistance program implementation
  • Experience managing US development agency performance outcomes, measurement and evaluation work
  • Body of original, published research and analysis, including peer-reviewed papers and shorter form pieces
  • Significant knowledge of current issues and debates pertaining to US foreign assistance
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as high-level organizational skills  
  • Proficient in Advanced Excel and Tableau
  • Expertise in foreign assistance as it relates to Africa (preferred)

Interested candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, and sample publication.  

This position will be required to work primarily in-person.

In compliance with United States federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document upon hire. 

CGD celebrates fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, parental status, or veteran status.  We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, we particularly encourage applications from underrepresented or historically marginalized groups. All appointments will be made on merit of skill and experience relative to the role. 

Made possible with the generous support of Open Philanthropy, fellows’ placement in the US government will be facilitated through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.





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