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Senior Policy Analyst – Global Education (London)

The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-partisan research organization with offices in Washington, DC and London, seeks a full-time Senior Policy Analyst to work on global education. The successful candidate will have experience with research and policy analysis in economics, education, public policy, political science or a related field. The candidate must demonstrate outstanding analytic skills, both in academic research and applied policy analysis as well as organizational skills.

The successful candidate will perform a range of project research, economic analysis, and other duties in support of CGD’s global education work. Regional focus areas include Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.  Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Salary: up to £60,000

Closing Date: 21 October 2018

Responsibilities:

  • Represent the global education team at meetings and conferences related to policy and research priorities.
  • Build and maintain networks with global policy institutions and design dissemination strategies for research outputs
  • Build networks with policy-shapers in the global south and identify research opportunities
  • Build relationships with local partners and help support the formation of communities of practice in education policy and research
  • Organize events related to policy and research priorities
  • Provide other research, writing, and editing support for various reports and documents, including collaborating with senior staff and members of the CGD communications team to draft blogs, policy briefs, notes and report periodic findings.
  • Track global and national education policy-making and provide regular summaries to the global education team.
  • Commission and manage pieces of research and policy analysis.
  • Perform other duties as necessary in support of senior research staff.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Master’s degree in economics, international development, or a related field; and at least five years of research or policy experience gained in think tanks, international NGOs or a related field.
  • Training in econometrics, microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory, development economics.
  • Outstanding attention to detail; proven ability to advance research projects with hands-off supervision while being accountable for the accuracy of outputs.
  • Essential software skills: Proficiency in MS Excel to construct spreadsheet models and generate publication-quality graphics. Experience in the analysis of household- and firm-level data would be an asset.
  • Strong communications and writing skills in English, including the ability to communicate complex messages to a wide audience.
  • Confidence, flexibility, can-do attitude, and intellectual curiosity in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
  • Good humor and collegiality are essential.

Applicants should submit a short cover letter, a CV, and a short writing sample (preferably a piece of original research). No phone calls please.

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. Finalist(s) for this position may be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment.

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