Research Assistant - Data Science

ONE Campaign
  • Location
    (Multiple Locations), D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 12

Position description

We are seeking an exceptional individual to support ONE’s policy work through data analysis, research, and data science methods. This role will work across the issue areas which ONE advocates for, including development finance, global health, gender, agriculture, and transparency. This position will support the policy team’s work on data, developing new and impactful advocacy and policy tools, creating efficiencies in the management of data streams and supporting other team members in their use of data tools such as Tableau, Stata, Python and other relevant tools.

To succeed, you must be truly passionate about this cause, with a head for numbers and details, and an ability to translate complex issues into something that’s both accessible and accurate. You must be self-starter, solution focused, a joy to work with, and most of all, you must realise that you are joining something that is a mission larger than your job, your career and even this organisation.

This is a full-time, opportunity based in any of our ONE locations reporting to the Policy Manager - Development Finance.


  • Conduct quantitative analysis of data related to Global and African development issues, across ONE’s policy priorities and contribute to data management.
  • Succinctly summarize key trends and results from analysis for broad consumption.
  • Develop new products for the presentation of development data – including data dashboards and visualizations.
  • Advise on methodologies, approaches to data wrangling and management.
  • Support and participate in building a data driven culture within ONE.
  • Prepare written documents on policy issues including briefings, report chapters, policy analyses, blog posts, op eds, talking points, and other products.
  • Support maintenance of policy facts database and document library, ensuring that they include the most up-to-date data and information available.
  • Read and digest relevant policy reports and media coverage of specific issues and provide summary analysis on content and tone.
  • Provide general fact-checking and policy assistance as needed by the policy team and others within the organization.
  • Represent ONE in meetings, seminars, and workshops, and consolidate relevant information for consumption by the policy team.
  • Additional duties as determined by the supervisor and the Executive Director, Global Policy.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in economics, international affairs, or other relevant field.
  • At least one year of applicable experience (post-graduate) desirable.
  • Strong quantitative and statistical analysis skills required, with demonstrated skills in data management and original data analysis, including data cleaning and visualisations.
  • Strong skills or experience using either Stata or Python to manipulate and analyze data strongly desired. Experience creating visualisations using Tableau or Flourish strongly desired.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, and Google Suite.
  • Quick turnaround research skills—must have the ability to seek out key facts and statistics to explain complicated policy topics to a broad audience.
  • Ability to synthesize policy documents with an eye to key points and relevance to ONE.
  • A collaborative mindset and strong interpersonal skills.
  • A positive attitude in high pressure and stressful situations.
  • Action oriented and solution focused.
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  • Generally well-organized with a proven ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment and make good and responsible decisions.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.
  • Excellent written and verbal, English communications skills.
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with shifting priorities and occasional heavy workloads.
  • Ability to legally work and live in the country where applying.




  • An understanding of the complexities surrounding collaboration in a global matrix organization
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Collaborative mindset and strong interpersonal skills
  • Remains positive in high pressure and stressful situations
  • Demonstrates critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills
  • Action oriented and results focused
  • Flexible and resourceful approach
  • Independent problem solver




Fluency English required and another language such as German or French welcomed.




Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

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