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Policy Fellow or Senior Policy Fellow – Development Finance and Fiscal Policy

The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, DC seeks a full-time Policy Fellow or Senior Policy Fellow (flexible arrangement for visiting or permanent basis) with a specialization in fiscal and debt policy in low- and/or middle-income countries. The incumbent will report to the President, CGD (Washington) with a co-report to the Director of the Sustainable Development Finance program. S/he will coordinate a new line of work on the various aspects of public finance and fiscal policy, including domestic resource mobilization (DRM) as a particular source, and would work closely with other Fellows, interact with external audiences for CGD’s work, and supervise research assistants. The successful candidate will have excellent networks in the fiscal policy, research and funding communities, and will have experience managing a complex research project.


  • Carry out own empirical research on key issues in fiscal and debt policy affecting LMIC finance and its sustainability, with a view to generating practical insights and actionable recommendations to enhance SDF
  • Build a cohesive program of applied research and policy work on fiscal and debt policy in LMIC with a focus on domestic resource mobilization in the context of broader development finance sources, serving as the hub of programmatic activity and the anchor for all project support
  • Oversee grant-related planning, budgeting, execution, methods and staff to achieve goals
  • Assist the Director to mobilize financial resources and support for the SDF program
  • 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
  • Conduct his or her own research and/or policy analysis: publish, reports, papers, policy briefs, and/or short commentaries targeted to policy makers, academics, and the public
  • Lead and participate in the design of expert group consultations and working groups
  • Coordinate and consult on program work with relevant senior staff
  • Supervise and mentor mid-level and junior staff and managing their performance and development

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills

  • A PhD or Masters degree in a specialized area or related field, and at least fifteen years’ work experience 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 conducting and applying quantitative research to practical, real-world problems
  • Demonstrated leadership in creative work in development economics
  • Significant knowledge of current issues and debates in public finance and DRM in developing countries
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as high level organizational skills
  • Excellent data and analytical skills, and use of Stata or equivalent applications
  • Ability to work independently within a small, closely-knit organization and to contribute to the development of new institutions

CGD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All persons regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job. 

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