EPoD Research Fellow – Prof. Rema Hanna

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University
  • Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 24

Position description

Housed within the Center for International Development (CID), Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) is a dynamic research initiative that brings analytical insights, typically from economics, to the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. EPoD directly engages with governments and local organizations to identify key questions, design innovative new policies or interventions, and test these using the tools of applied microeconomics, including large field-based experiments. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, social protection, education, entrepreneurship, health, skills, state capacity, sustainable development, and access to finance. Recent and ongoing research locations include Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Zambia. For more information on EPoD, visit our website (https://epod.cid.harvard.edu/).


  • Clean and manage large datasets
  • Conduct statistical analyses in Stata
  • Develop survey instruments and data request documents for data collection
  • Create technical documentation for internal and external audiences
  • Conduct background research and literature reviews
  • Draft content for reports to policymakers, academic papers, grant proposals, research protocols, and other project documents
  • Coordinate with a variety of research team members at EPoD and partner organizations, including those based internationally
  • Travel to the field as needed






  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Economics, Public Policy, International Development, or related field requiring substantial coursework in math and economics
  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Proficiency in Stata, working with large, complex datasets
  • Thorough understanding of randomized control trials and econometric methods
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong motivation, self-direction, and organizational skills
  • Enthusiasm for collaborating with a diverse team, including international colleagues
  • Willingness to travel internationally


  • Graduate-level coursework in Economics and Econometrics
  • Proficiency in R, Python, and/or Julia
  • Experience with survey design and implementation using Qualtrics
  • Experience using GitHub
  • Experience with remote computing servers
  • Relevant research experience, including complex data processing and causal effects estimation
  • Familiarity with or interest in the academic literature on social protections, active labor market programs, financial inclusion, taxation, and related topics in development

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