Program Director - Leveraging Transparency Program (LT2)

Results for Development Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 05

Position description

Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too.

Program Overview:

Through a recently awarded sub grant through the Brookings Institution via the BHP Billiton Foundation, R4D aims to build on our expertise in governance, citizen engagement, and adaptive learning with the goal of reducing corruption in natural resource governance to ultimately improve development outcomes. The resulting program, a collaboration with Brookings on the Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption program, will be a five-year research study to establish and promote evidence-based best practices in public disclosure, transparency, and accountability mechanisms across the natural resource value chain. Starting in the second half of 2017, the program will be carried out in four distinct but overlapping phases:


(1) A review and mapping of current evidence regarding the impact that open governance initiatives in natural resource-related industries have in reducing corruption and spurring positive development outcomes, as well as extensive stakeholder consultations to inform this mapping process and associated deliverables,

(2) Small-scale rigorous learning experiments in 5-7 countries to identify promising “next generation” open governance interventions in the natural resource space,

(3) A small set of scaled impact evaluations of the most promising experiments, and

(4) Extensive outreach and dissemination with practitioners, researchers, and public and private sector stakeholders. 

R4D is seeking a Program Director (PD) to be the technical and management lead for the joint R4D-Brookings research program, managing the program team (including principal investigators, study coordinators, and program staff working in the U.S. and abroad), coordinating closely with the Brookings project team, and providing technical leadership in the design and implementation of all phases of the program.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and will report to R4D’s Senior Program Director for Governance and Citizen Engagement.

The PD should be a highly-experienced program manager with demonstrated skill in leading complex, multi-country evaluation/mixed methods research programs with expertise in the fields of evaluation and learning and/or transparency and accountability, and including experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods.  Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Operations/Partnership Management:

  • Lead the design and management of the joint R4D-Brookings research program, including developing and implementing the work plan for all phases of the work to produce high quality deliverables on time and on budget.
  • Liaise and coordinate with all members of the program team and external stakeholders, including PIs at Brookings and R4D, study coordinators, donor representatives, program staff, and external partners and stakeholders (including the project’s forthcoming steering committee).  Maintain positive relationships and identify ways to leverage partnerships to improve the quality of the program.
  • Manage all working-level staff contributing to the program, and lead the hiring of new staff as needed. Provide direct supervision and quality control functions to all study coordinators.
  • Participate in domestic and international convenings to foster stakeholder engagement, inform the development of research materials, and advance dissemination of program deliverables.

Research and Technical Reporting:  (Technical Coordination and Facilitation)

  • Provide technical support and contributions to the research design, including the methodological design for desk research and literature reviews, learning experiments and evaluations, and the operational plan for implementing the interventions and research.
  • Provide extensive oversight for all interventions and research in all phases of the project, and work with PIs, study coordinators, and partners if problems arise to solve these quickly and effectively.
  • Contribute to analysis and writing of research results at key moments in the program timeline.
  • Lead compelling and insightful presentations for small and large audiences on the purpose, objectives, and activities of the program.
  • Provide intellectual contributions to the framework and design of this work throughout the program duration. 

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience creating partnerships, leading and managing teams, fostering relationships, and supervising staff and consultants. They must be able to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously and have excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • MA or MS preferably in economics, political science, international relations, or a similar field
  • 10 + years of domestic and international work experience related to evaluation methods and management practices, ideally including experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Demonstrated experience leading complex, mixed methods research programs, preferably in multiple countries and/or in international settings
  • Robust knowledge of and domestic or international experience in evaluation methods and management practices, ideally including experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Knowledge of and experience in the transparency and open governance field
  • Experience working on natural resource governance programs
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and experience, including publication of either evaluation and/or transparency-focused research
  • Extensive experience managing large research and practitioner teams, including both U.S.-based and international staff
  • Willingness to travel internationally approximately 4-6 times per year

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