Policy Fellow or Senior Policy Fellow - US Foreign Assistance

Washington, DC
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor

CGD is seeking a Policy Fellow or Senior Policy Fellow, depending on career level and experience, with expertise in US foreign assistance programs and agencies. The successful candidate will have either mid or senior-level experience at the US Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation, US International Development Finance Corporation, or in other areas of government with foreign assistance responsibilities; and/or a body of policy research that has made a meaningful contribution to policymaking in these areas.

Policy Fellows typically specialize in one or more of CGD’s core research areas related to global economic development. In this instance, we are interested in applications from candidates who can develop and implement a research agenda focused on US foreign assistance and bilateral development finance. This work might incorporate assessments of the impact of US foreign aid policy and practice, recommendations for improving its effectiveness, and the development of innovative reform proposals. 

The fellow will contribute to and help coordinate CGD’s workstream in this area,  working closely with other Fellows, interacting with external audiences for CGD’s work, and supervising research assistants. Policy/Senior Policy Fellows have excellent networks in the relevant policy area, research and funding communities, and experience managing complex research projects.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and lead a research agenda that informs policy debates
  • Support the mobilization financial resources to support the Center’s work on US development policy
  • Engage in related policy outreach activities, including speaking engagements, blogging, and interacting at a high level with key individuals and groups in the donor and technical communities
  • Publish reports, papers, policy briefs, and short, timely commentary targeted to policymakers, the development community, and CGD’s public audience.
  • Develop and host events (public and private) to showcase research findings and other relevant subject matter or highlight and gather expertise
  • Contribute to the research of colleagues where appropriate
  • Lead and participate in the design of expert group consultations and working groups
  • Supervise and mentor associate staff, including performance management and professional development

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills

  • A PhD or Master’s degree in a specialized area or related field, and a distinguished career and body of work combined with demonstrated ability to take a project to completion and to generate external support
  • Prominence in the program area and strong professional relationships
  • Proven track record of applying quantitative and/or qualitative research to practical, real-world problems
  • Demonstrated leadership in creative work in development economics and foreign aid
  • Significant knowledge of current issues and debates in US policy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as high-level organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently within a small, closely-knit organization and to contribute to the development of new institutions

Starting salary for a Policy Fellow is $145,000 per year. Senior Policy Fellow starting salary is $190,000.

Due to the pandemic our organization is working hybrid with all staff required to be in the office two days per week.  CGD is registered to employ staff living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia. Candidates who cannot relocate to the area, even while the office remains closed, cannot be considered at this time.


In compliance with 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.



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