Duties & Responsibilities
The Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics supports development economics research by students and ladder faculty at top universities. The Weiss Fund sponsors research projects that address a wide range of issues affecting less developed countries, aiming to support research that will positively affect the lives of poor people in poor countries. The faculty director of the fund is Prof. Michael Kremer at Harvard University.
More information about the Weiss Fund is available at https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/wfrde
The Weiss Fund is recruiting a Cambridge-based Program Director with top-notch research and program management skills to administer the program. The Program Director will manage the administration of the Weiss Fund and support a portfolio of development economics projects. They will report to the Weiss Fund faculty director and contribute to program development, program and research administration, data analysis and development economics research.
The successful candidate will have experience in development economics research, ideally including research and program management. This position requires an individual who is a self-starter and thrives working independently, with minimal supervision, as well as part of small research teams, juggling multiple projects concurrently. The position offers the opportunity to work directly with Prof. Michael Kremer, other leading development economists at Harvard University and faculty at other top tier institutions.
* In collaboration with the faculty and executive directors, manage the Weiss Fund’s activities.
* Lead the application, selection and award process for travel grants and research funding for projects in development economics by faculty and students at Harvard and other participating universities.
* Ensure research compliance at the individual and institutional levels for affiliated projects, in particular with regard to use of human subjects.
* Manage operations and the financial aspects of the fund, including seeking additional sources of funding, maintaining and expanding financing through private donors.
* Implement a student internship funding program.
* Facilitate matchmaking designed to link development practitioners with researchers to identify opportunities for policy relevant evaluation and research, and help bring together researchers and practitioners.
* Organize dissemination events of research funded by the Weiss Fund.
* Conduct research and development work with the faculty director to further the Fund’s goals.
* Work with the faculty director on other research activities consistent with the mission of the Weiss Fund, including general research management.
* Help draft key project documents and presentations in close collaboration with researchers.
Master’s degree or PhD in economics, public policy, or a related field.
Minimum 2 years work experience in a research context.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including ability to produce written materials that are clear and compelling materials geared towards technical and non-technical audiences
- Mature, self-directed individual with ability to balance multiple tasks and prioritize effectively to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
- Ability to work efficiently independently with minimal supervision
- Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
- Experience with a statistical analysis package such as R, Python, or Stata.
- Ability to work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as a team member required.
- Working experience in a research context with analytical and quantitative skills.
- Strong interest in economic development
- Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to interact well with faculty, staff, students and research partners
- Previous field experience in development economics research
**This is a term position ending 6/30/2020 with possibility of extension, based on performance and availability of funding.
We are unable to provide VISA sponsorship of any type for this position.
***All applications must submit cover letter for further consideration. Applicants may also be asked to submit academic transcripts.
All official offers will be made by FAS HR.