The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University is a university-wide center that works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty. CID is Harvard’s leading research hub focusing on resolving the dilemmas of public policy associated with generating stable, shared, and sustainable prosperity in developing countries. Our ongoing mission is to apply knowledge to and revolutionize the world of development practice. CID has been consistently ranked as one of the top 5 best university-affiliated think tanks in the world by UPenn’s Global Think Tank Index. CID’s current ranking is #2.
CID has an immediate opening for a full-time Research Assistant to help with a range of research responsibilities. As an important part of our research teams, s/he will gain valuable experience working with faculty and research fellows on international development research and policy.
The Research Assistant will provide a range of research support to CID faculty and research fellows. S/he will often work with data, review research reports, and draft working documents. S/he will also interact closely with CID’s senior management and staff and hence must have excellent communication and organizational skills.
The primary responsibilities of the Research Assistant include:
Other support as needed
Successful candidates will gain exposure to economic development issues and work alongside a friendly, energetic team in a high-profile, fast-paced office.
Basic Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in Economics or International Affairs and Development, Financial Engineering, Statistics or Mathematics. One year of demonstrated research experience through previous positions, internships, practicums, or coursework. Experience with statistical software.
Additional QualificationsDemonstrated understanding of economic concepts. Proficient at understanding and participating in high-level research, especially with respect to topics relating to international development. Experience conducting data analysis across a range of economic methods, research based on thorough literature reviews, and writing research reports in a range of media from journals to reports to policy briefs. Exposure to topics such as development economics, growth diagnostics, structural transformation, and the implementation of development projects. Ability to multitask while maintaining excellent attention to detail. Excellent written and communication skills to match tone and content of a variety of presentation platforms for research. Exposure to or experience in advanced statistics and machine learning/NLP techniques and algorithms using R, Python, Java, Spark, H20, etc. a plus. Successful candidate must be highly motivated and detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Strong orientation to quantitative, data-driven analysis including demonstrated intermediate level experience with statistical software, preferably Stata. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and other applications.
Additional Information: This position is a fully benefits eligible term appointment, ending one year from date of hire with the possibility of renewal.
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