Research Assistant, USAID Data Services

DevTech Systems, Inc.
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 28

Position description

DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 35 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries. DevTech core practice areas include: Economic and Data Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management.


DevTech is looking for a Research Assistant to work as an institutional contractor on its Analytics, Data, Visualization, and Information Services (ADVISE) contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ADVISE staff comprise much of the USAID Data Services team, led by USAID’s Chief Data Officer (CDO) and situated in USAID’s Bureau for Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer (M/CIO). The Data Services team's main purpose is to improve the usage of data and information at USAID, so that the Agency continues to ensure its development outcomes are supported by evidence. Data Services’ work spans the “data lifecycle,” including planning, collection, cleaning, analysis, curation, reporting, and governance.

The Research Assistant will work as a member of the International Data and Economic Analysis (IDEA) sub-team, which is primarily responsible for working with country context data relevant to international development (as shown on the IDEA website) but also supports work using internal data on USAID programs and operations. The IDEA team responds to a wide variety of requests, including for dashboards, data profiles, written reports, surveys/data calls, and data cleaning/management. In this role, the Research Assistant will contribute to the maintenance of a database of economic and social indicators (~30%) and support the team’s response to data and analysis requests from USAID staff (~70%).

The Research Assistant position will be fully remote until USAID returns to in-person work when deemed safe to do so. At least 30 days' notice will be provided prior to the return to in-person work in Washington, D.C. When USAID returns to in-person work, the Research Assistant will be eligible for telework benefits (one day per week) after 3 months of work.

About the Team

USAID Data Services’ core values are:

  • We are passionate, ambitious and care deeply about our work and the USAID mission.
  • We are serious about meeting the needs of our customers.
  • We are funny. We have fun. And we are human.
  • We communicate and close feedback loops.
  • We are proactive. We do not wait for success to come find us.
  • We are a team who is committed to each other.

In keeping with these core values, we respect and encourage an inclusive and diverse environment in which we see our differences as strengths. We are a team of motivated and responsible self-starters that enjoy working in a team-oriented environment. We are always looking for ways to grow, through feedback, learning, and collaboration.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Extract, clean, process, and standardize data from third-party data sources for storage in a relational database and publication on the IDEA website, including through APIs, web scraping, or other techniques, primarily using R;
  • Understand, assess, and document the methodologies used by third-party source institutions to collect data and/or produce economic and social indicators;
  • Support the development and maintenance of analytical products that report on those data in visually intuitive formats, primarily using R, Python, and Tableau;
  • Collaborate actively and productively with IDEA and other Data Services team members, as well as USAID clients, to ensure that Data Services products are useful, accurate, well-targeted, and appealing.

Additional (Ad Hoc) Responsibilities

  • Support the response to ad hoc requests, possibly including but not limited to:
  • Data calls and surveys, including output analysis;
  • Database (or other data collection) management;
  • Written reports on indicator methodologies, country case studies, regional trends, etc.;
  • Data visualizations, including Tableau dashboards.

The additional responsibilities listed above reflect a sampling of the IDEA team’s responses to ad hoc requests. The Research Assistant will typically be expected to contribute to some, but not necessarily all, of these activities. Ad hoc requests are typically divided among the team based on availability, interest, and proficiency.


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, international development, or a related field.
  • At least three years of related experience in analytics, economics, development economics, data or computer science, or relevant subject (up to two years of experience may be substituted by a Master’s degree).
  • Evidence of having completed 1+ successful research projects.
  • Preferred: Knowledge of statistical software, coding languages, and data management tools (e.g. R, Python, Tableau, SQL, SAS). Note: Some paid on-the-job training is assumed, and applicants need not have significant experience with the specific software tools listed in the responsibilities section.
  • Preferred: Knowledge of and interest in international development or a related field, such as economics, global/public health, gender, trade, or international relations.

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