Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School is a young, 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 economics and data analysis, including large field-based experiments. Current research topics at EPoD include governance, education, entrepreneurship, health, agriculture, sustainable development, and access to finance.
EPoD is currently seeking a Cambridge-based Senior Policy Research Manager to oversee a growing portfolio of EPoD research, training and policy activities, primarily focused on Saudi Arabia. The Senior Policy Research Manager will contribute substantially to important research, policy, and training outputs, including policy briefs, op-eds, training content for senior government officials, and a major white paper outlining a strategic policy research agenda for a new collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of Education. In addition, working closely with the Senior Program Manager, the Senior Policy Research Manager will lead the management of all research and content-driven components of large-scale research engagements, liaising with key policy stakeholders including ministries in Saudi Arabia and world-class researchers from Harvard and other leading academic institutions. The candidate will gain first-hand content and partnership development experience on projects at the forefront of economic research and public policy. At the outset, the Senior Policy Manager will spend the majority of his/her time dedicated to EPoD’s policy research initiatives with two Saudi Ministries, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Education, working closely with policymakers and researchers to generate in-depth knowledge of current labor market and education policy constraints. In particular, he/she will lead efforts to convey that knowledge to policymakers in impactful and innovative ways to help shape significant policy discussions and build policy makers’ capacity to effectively leverage research evidence. He/she will do this with the support of, and while providing guidance to, a team of talented staff and fellows. This position is based in the U.S. but also requires travel to field locations, particularly Saudi Arabia.
Portfolio Operations and Management
Staff and Resources Management
Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Development
Will be required to travel to and spend extended time in Saudi Arabia and other field sites, estimated at about 25%.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending one year from date of hire with the strong possibility of renewal.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.
Bachelor’s degree plus at least five years of relevant experience, including experience with field research and program management.
Master’s degree in public policy, international development or related field with extensive coursework in empirical methods strongly preferred, including econometrics and economics, and strong data analysis skills (STATA). Strong interest in public policy and economic development. Outstanding English oral and written communication skills and ability to integrate research and policy into clear and compelling written materials geared towards technical and non-technical audiences. Experience managing staff strongly preferred. Experience working in Saudi Arabia or other Gulf countries preferred.
The candidate should be well organized, able to prioritize, have a strong attention to detail and manage multiple assignments simultaneously. The position requires strong interpersonal skills, the ability to interact well with faculty, staff, students, and research partners. Experience in private sector will be evaluated favorably.
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