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We are a research lab of 25 faculty and staff with a track record of successfully managing more than 60 grants and contracts worth more than $40 million over the last 13 years. We are economists, political scientists, computational geographers, spatial epidemiologists, program evaluators, policy analysts, media and communication professionals, and more.

Summer 2018 Opportunities

Full-time Opportunities

About Working at AidData  

For questions, please contact info@aiddata.org. Any positions listed below that are active in the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal are open and receiving applications. Submitted applications are assessed to short-list individuals for interview. Please note that due to the volume of applications, we are unable to give applicants individual status updates; candidates invited for an interview will be notified.

Summer 2018 Opportunities

Opportunities for summer internships and research assistantships at AidData for undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates will be posted here as available. Internships are generally 10 weeks long and begin the Tuesday after Memorial Day, unless otherwise noted. Free on-campus housing is available for the summer.

For updates on future opportunities, check this page regularly and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn

Announcement: AidData Summer Fellows Program Transition

Thanks to the generous support of the Trice Endowment, the AidData Summer Fellows program (2013-2017) has now transitioned to the ITPIR Summer Fellows Program. The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), a hub for interdisciplinary, internationally-focused research at William & Mary, will continue to provide W&M students with hands-on international experiential learning opportunities through the new program. 

To learn more, visit the ITPIR Summer Fellows Program page. For questions, please contact the ITPIR summer fellows team at summerfellows@wm.edu

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Full-time Positions

Headquartered in Williamsburg, Virginia at William & Mary, the second oldest college in the U.S. and a cutting-edge research university, AidData offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package for full-time positions, including comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; retirement; gym access; tuition waiver program; flexible work schedule; and more.

For updates on future opportunities, check this page regularly and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.  

Deputy Director of Programs, Policy Analysis Unit

AidData is seeking a Deputy Director of Programs to support its Policy Analysis Unit (PAU). The Deputy Director of Programs will provide strategic guidance and managerial oversight for a large and growing team of program managers and staff responsible for managing client relationships with external funders, executing grants and contracts, attracting new business and partnerships, as well as ensuring the team’s administrative/operational processes are working efficiently to support the unit’s goals. This position will serve as a senior external representative and ambassador to AidData’s external partners, including governments, international organizations, and private foundations. The Deputy Director will also be responsible to advise the Director, PAU program managers, and other AidData staff as they set fundraising targets, vet possible funding opportunities, draft budgets for new grant proposals, approve the allocation of labor across grants, and ensure the unit has sufficient financial runway to cover its expenditures.

Required Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in business, public policy, public administration, international development, international relations, or related field;
  • Significant years’ of experience working in a leadership capacity in the field of international development, development finance or a related discipline;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and grow high performance, cross-functional teams that support multiple projects;
  • Record of leading teams tasked with managing high stakes client relationships and delivering high quality outputs for complex projects or programs;
  • Experience constructing project proposal budgets, calculating financial revenue/expenditure projections, and programming and tracking expenses across multiple grant/contract vehicles; 
  • Strong client and partner management skills with a track record of delivering high quality deliverables in line with funder requirements and within time and budget constraints;
  • Proven aptitude to procure and manage sub awardees and external contractors/vendors with accountability;
  • Ability to work independently in a complex work environment, carry out assignments in a timely manner, and adapt to changing situations and priorities with minimal supervision
  • Dedicated team player with track record of working collaboratively across institutional and/or disciplinary boundaries;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy, as well as ability to work successfully with professionals of diverse cultural, educational, and vocational backgrounds;
  • Effective written communication skills in various mediums, such as funding proposals and/or project communications collateral for external professional audiences
  • Strong verbal communication skills demonstrated by extensive experience representing organizations in a variety of settings - from customized briefings for mid and senior-level decision-makers to high visibility presentations for larger and more diverse audiences
  • Excellent command of the English language, written and spoken

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience working in a leadership capacity in the field of international development;
  • Demonstrated experience working with researchers and in university or think tank environments;
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with development finance and/or results data. Experience in collecting, standardizing, and publishing data from multiple sources;
  • Experience successfully envisioning and creating new business lines in alignment with broader organizational mandate;
  • Proven aptitude to design and execute effective processes to manage human resources, budgeting and financial planning, field operations and/or communications and outreach;
  • Experience implementing development projects or research in low- and/or middle-income countries

This position is based at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience in the U12 range (see Salary Structure for University Employees).

For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae, cover letter, and supplemental question answer. All applications for this position must be made through the portal; we are unable to consider application materials received by email. Please note that applications cannot be updated once submitted, but must be withdrawn and a new application submitted for consideration.

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Deputy Director of Research, Policy Analysis Unit

AidData is seeking a Deputy Director of Research to support its Policy Analysis Unit (PAU) by overseeing research design and peer review processes; managing the development of survey questionnaires and interview protocols; leading internal statistical code reviews; ensuring that PAU research outputs meet high standards of social scientific rigor and reproducibility; identifying approaches to more effectively and efficiently collect data; and collaborating with program staff and the Director of the PAU to ensure that AidData produces policy research which meets or exceeds the expectations of its target audiences. Depending on qualifications, the successful applicant may hold an affiliate appointment as research faculty in the appropriate social science department and/or interdisciplinary program at William and Mary.

Required Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in economics, political science, public policy, statistics, or a related field.
  • Significant to extensive years of experience designing, implementing, and publishing policy-relevant international development research.
  • Significant to extensive years of experience writing, managing, and reviewing reusable and well-annotated code in STATA and/or R.
  • Demonstrated expertise in quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, including small-n case selection and study design, survey design and sampling, process tracing, cross-sectional and panel data analysis, the experimental and quasi-experimental tools of causal inference, and statistical power analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to design protocols to guide data collection and research with human subjects, including familiarity with Institutional Review Board (or the equivalent) procedures.
  • A track record of publishing rigorous, peer-reviewed social science research in a reproducible manner (i.e. making data and statistical code publicly available to enable independent, third party replication).
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to learn and employ new methods and tools, as needed.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of clients, partners, students, staff, and faculty.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, to carry out assignments in a timely manner, and to adapt to changing situations and priorities.
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with researchers and program staff from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree in economics, political science, public policy, statistics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience managing or mentoring research analysts and statistical programmers.
  • Demonstrated experience producing high-quality publications for policy audiences under tight time and budget constraints.
  • Demonstrated experience with the design, fielding, and analysis of large-scale surveys, as well as familiarity with protocols for appropriate management of personally identifiable information.
  • Demonstrated experience with designing effective interview protocols, conducting key informant interviews and focus groups, and efficiently processing and analyzing large amounts of unstructured, qualitative data (e.g.,interview transcripts).
  • Familiarity with and interest in machine learning, web scraping, text mining, network analysis, and spatial statistics.
  • Proficiency and interest in Python, SQL, Git, and GIS.
  • Experience working with large development finance and development outcome datasets.
  • Familiarity with non-traditional sources of financing for development (e.g., blended finance, philanthropic giving, corporate social responsibility, trilateral cooperation, national budgets).

This position is based at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience in the U14 range (see Salary Structure for University Employees).

For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae, cover letter, writing sample, and answers to supplemental questions. All applications for this position must be made through the portal; we are unable to consider application materials received by email. Please note that applications cannot be updated once submitted, but must be withdrawn and a new application submitted for consideration.

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Programmer

AidData’s Programmer will work closely with the Institute IT Manager and other AidData staff to support and develop decision support, data collection, and other web-based software. This position will support AidData’s growing technology demand. Responsibilities will include:

  • Determines operational feasibility of software requirements through evaluation, analysis and development of software designs.
  • Identifies database management needs and develops efficient ways to store and retrieve the data.
  • Develops software solutions by studying information needs, conferring with end users, understanding work processes, investigating problem areas and following the software development lifecycle.
  • Provides documentation for environments and solutions through diagrams, code comments, clear code and readmes.
  • Stores software solutions and documentation in a software versioning tool.
  • Performs thorough testing of developed software solutions before passing the solution onto stakeholders for testing.
  • Prepares and installs solutions on staging and production servers.
  • Provides software fixes and improves operations to existing applications by providing system analysis and working with other programmers to come up with solutions.
  • Provides information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing development and service issues.
  • Keeps up-to-date on the latest technologies by participating in educational opportunities and studying state-of-the-art development tools, programming techniques, and computing equipment.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in computer science, computer engineering, or other relevant discipline.
  • Experience with Object Oriented programming languages.
  • Demonstrated understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and related web concepts.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases and SQL.
  • Working knowledge in the configuration and administration of Unix operating systems.
  • Understanding of the full software development lifecycle including interfacing with non-technical stakeholders to develop requirements.
  • Demonstrated willingness to take initiative and develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
  • Ability to learn and adopt various technologies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with programming languages like Java, PHP, Python, Node.js, JavaScript.
  • Experience with JavaScript libraries like jQuery, Backbone, Underscore, Bootstrap, AngularJS.
  • Experience with relational databases like PostgreSQL, MySQL.
  • Experience with NoSQL databases like MongoDB.
  • Knowledge of RESTful API/web services, JSON, AJAX.
  • Experience with Git or other major software versioning tools.

This position is based at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience up to the U10 midpoint (see Salary Structure for University Employees). This is a restricted position and continued employment is dependent on funding.

For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter. All applications for this position must be made through the portal; we are unable to consider application materials received by email. Please note that applications cannot be updated once submitted, but must be withdrawn and a new application submitted for consideration.

Please note: Previous applicants do not need to re-apply.

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Senior Program Manager

The Senior Program Manager position will lead a wide variety of strategic initiatives and offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting research with major policy stakeholders. The individual in this position will serve in a management role with the Policy Team, leading significant efforts to encourage uptake and use of AidData data products and research. 

In particular, this position will manage a subdivision of AidData’s general business operations – policy analysis activities – working to leverage mixed mode approaches to understand the distribution and impact of financing for development. To lead this Listening to Leaders sub-division, this position will require significant independent judgment and discretion in the following areas: 

  • financial oversight (managing budgets for an active portfolio of grants and contracts, as well as developing budgets and proposals for new grants); 
  • external client management (ensuring on-time, high quality deliverables as direct point of contact for those external funders);
  • personnel oversight (direct supervision of staff/research assistants);
  • and project/portfolio management (principal responsible for direct implementation of AidData activities, including but not limited to large-scale biennial survey).

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or 4-6 years of relevant experience working for or with a bilateral or multilateral aid agency, non-governmental organization, think tank, or academic institution
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following packages: Stata, SAS, Excel, Qualtrics, SQL, or R.
  • In-depth knowledge of issues related to global health, nutrition, and/or international development policy and practice.
  • Experience dealing with researchers and the global development community.
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to research complex issues, evaluate options, consider consequences and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, carry out assignments in a timely manner, and adapt to changing situations and priorities.
  • Record of delivering high quality outputs for international development projects or programs.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines and minimal supervision.
  • Dedicated team player with track record of working collaboratively across institutional and/or disciplinary boundaries.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate technical information into jargon-free prose.
  • Outstanding presentation, communication, and collaborative leadership skills.
  • Excellent command of the English language, written and spoken.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience dealing with researchers and the global development community, including organizations such as the Gates Foundation, USAID, World Bank.
  • Experience writing grant proposals and contract bids.
  • Experience in the field of marketing or communications.
  • Willingness to travel.

This position is based at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience up to the U10 midpoint (see Salary Structure for University Employees).

For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae and cover letter. All applications for this position must be made through the portal; we are unable to consider application materials received by email. Please note that applications cannot be updated once submitted, but must be withdrawn and a new application submitted for consideration.

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Senior Research Analyst or Research Analyst

We are currently recruiting for a Senior Research Analyst or a Research Analyst, depending on the applicant’s qualifications.

Senior Research Analyst

The AidData Senior Research Analyst provides a unique opportunity to work on cutting research with major policy stakeholders. The individual in this position will take the lead in scoping and producing analysis in coordination with the Program/Practice Manager, serving as the primary technical point of contact for methods and quality assurance on data products and analysis. As technical lead for their team’s practice area, they will contribute to new business development processes, serve as a technical expert to represent the unit’s and College’s work with external research and policy communities; and support the Director in identifying high-value lines of inquiry and data production needs to power future research.To lead this line of scientific inquiry, this position will require significant independent judgment and discretion in the following areas: academic scholarship (leading the conceptualization of new research projects, preparing and executing analytical plans, and producing final research publications, in collaboration with external partners, think tanks, and funders); survey design (designing questionnaires for large scale biennial surveys and snap polls to collect data for analysis); and research methods/trainings (serving as lead methods expert for the Survey Practice sub-division, which includes providing training for other staff, liaising with researchers at external leading organizations and partners, and developing new methods for the research team).

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge and degree in a relevant field of knowledge, such as economics, public policy, international development, public health, global health
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following packages: Stata, SAS, Excel, SQL, or R
  • In-depth knowledge of issues related to international development policy and practice
  • Experience dealing with researchers and the global development community
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to research complex issues, evaluate options, consider consequences and recommend solutions
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, carry out assignments in a timely manner, and adapt to changing situations and priorities
  • Record of delivering high quality outputs for international development projects or programs
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines and minimal supervision
  • Dedicated team player with track record of working collaboratively across institutional and/or disciplinary boundaries
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrated ability to translate technical information into jargon-free prose
  • Outstanding presentation, communication, and collaborative leadership skills
  • Excellent command of the English language, written and spoken

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a bilateral or multilateral aid agency, non-governmental organization, think tank, or academic institution
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong monitoring and evaluation systems and design rigorous impact evaluations

Research Analyst

AidData is currently seeking Research Analysts to join a team of ~40 faculty and development professionals united by a shared interest in using more granular data to make international development finance more transparent, accountable, and effective. To this end, the individual in this position will conduct and support AidData’s ongoing research in several key focus areas, including but not limited to: open data / open government, impact evaluations, randomized control trials, spatial analysis, China and emerging donors, and the SDGs. Accepted candidates would play a critical role in collaborating with a full team of research faculty, policy analysts, data collectors and curators in studying the nature, distribution, and impact of some of development’s most pressing issues. This position is based at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in a relevant discipline, such as economics, public policy, international development, environmental studies, global health
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following packages: Stata, SAS, Excel, SQL, or R
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to research complex issues, evaluate options, consider consequences and recommend solutions
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a demanding and complex work environment, carry out assignments in a timely manner, and adapt to changing situations and priorities
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines and minimal supervision
  • Dedicated team player with track record of working collaboratively across institutional and/or disciplinary boundaries
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy
  • Demonstrated ability to translate technical information into jargon-free prose
  • Outstanding presentation, communication, and collaborative leadership skills
  • Excellent command of the English language, written and spoken

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline, such as economics, public policy, international development, global health, environmental studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience at a level which equates to an advanced degree.
  • Experience in a bilateral or multilateral aid agency, non-governmental organization, think tank, or academic institution
  • In-depth knowledge of issues related to international development policy and practice
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong monitoring and evaluation systems and design rigorous impact evaluations
  • Experience dealing with researchers and the global development community
  • Record of delivering high quality outputs for international development projects or programs

This position is based at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a full-time position, and salary is commensurate with experience.

For more details and to apply, please visit the position listing at the William & Mary Employment Opportunities portal. There, click Apply for this Job to apply with your resume/curriculum vitae, cover letter, writing sample, and answers to supplemental questions. All applications for this position must be made through the portal; we are unable to consider application materials received by email. Please note that applications cannot be updated once submitted, but must be withdrawn and a new application submitted for consideration.

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Working at AidData

At AidData you will join world-class development professionals in solving challenging development questions, working together with colleagues from diverse disciplines including economics, computer science, geography, public health, environmental studies and political science.

AidData is a learning organization, so in addition to helping your colleagues get smarter, you will gain first-hand experience in cutting-edge approaches to data and development. As a member of a research lab you will be exposed to randomized control trials, customized coding systems, geospatial impact evaluations, elite surveys, and policy uptake initiatives.

We prioritize impact and collaboration, and you will be empowered with the tools, training, and flexibility you need to pursue projects that will allow you to leverage your strengths and interests. Whether on a walking meeting to discuss a next-gen field experiment with the World Bank or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or debating your annual March Madness bracket over lunch on the porch by the magnolia tree, your colleagues will be an invaluable source of ideas, learning, and fun.

Williamsburg and the surrounding areas offer a tremendous quality of life. Staff enjoy short commutes (for some of the team, less than five minutes!); extensive rivers, woods, and trails for outdoor recreation; and great colleagues who after work play on a community volleyball team, host trivia nights at local craft breweries, and organize book clubs and restaurant explorations.

For our full-time positions: As an employee of the College of William & Mary, you will be afforded competitive compensation and benefits, including comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance, retirement, and gym access. You will also receive an annual tuition reimbursement of more than $5,000, allowing AidData employees to take up to four William & Mary classes each calendar year free of charge.

In addition to updating skills through coursework, professional development is encouraged and facilitated through interaction with policymakers and established academics, development field work with local partners, and one-on-one mentoring with senior members of AidData.

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