Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard University is a research program that promotes the use of rigorous evidence to inform the design of public policies in countries around the world. We inform public policy by working alongside policymakers to design and test interventions that will maximize the reach of public resources and more effectively deliver services and programs. EPoD's cutting-edge research is identifying how policy design can best leverage policymaker and researcher insights to enable sustainable development. Current research areas at EPoD include governance, education, entrepreneurship, health, agriculture, sustainable development, and access to finance. EPoD also seeks to train current and future policymakers in effectively utilizing rigorous evidence in policy decisions.
EPoD is recruiting a Research Assistant to support the project management, partnership engagement, and execution of randomized control trial (RCT) studies that investigate labor market and human capital development policies and outcomes in Saudi Arabia. The position requires strong interpersonal and analytical skills as well as excellent organizational and communication skills. The successful candidate will be a self-starting individual who can confidently and competently build and manage partnerships, engage with policy counterparts at all levels, manage field activities, and support visiting faculty and research staff in Riyadh. The Research Assistant will also provide support in designing and implementing the RCT interventions, as well as engage in basic data collection and preliminary analysis. The Research Assistant position offers an opportunity to work closely with and under the mentorship of economists and public policy experts, and gain first-hand experience working with researchers and policy partners to support cutting-edge policy research. We will consider both full-time and part-time candidates.
The candidate should be well-organized, able to prioritize and manage multiple assignments simultaneously, have excellent attention to detail, and can work independently with minimal supervision. Experience with randomized field experiments is a plus. Experience living and working in Saudi Arabia is an advantage. The candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage with policy partners of all levels. Program management and field research experience, especially in Saudi Arabia, is highly desired. Preference will be given to candidates who can start immediately.