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Research Analyst (Temp)

AidData produces novel data, tools, and research that answers the question: who is funding, what, where, for whom, and to what effect around the world? AidData has an explicit focus on data and research that meets high academic standards but is also accessible and relevant for a broad audience of international relations practitioners, policymakers, journalists, and scholars. AidData’s work is made possible by generous financial support of international organizations such as the World Bank and United Nations, private philanthropies such as the Hewlett and Gates Foundations, and government agencies such as the US Department of State and USAID.

The Global Research Institute at William & Mary is currently seeking a Research Analyst to support the Policy and Analysis Unit within AidData. The Research Analyst will be responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis on a variety of projects as well as supporting the writing of reports. This position will work closely with a Senior Research Analyst on a project to analyze the effects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on development in countries performing one or more of the following tasks:

  • Gather and clean data from secondary sources for analysis
  • Write code in R to analyze effect of BRI on development
  • Conduct sophisticated statistical and econometric analysis
  • Assist in writing of report on this analysis

This project will produce a policy report analyzing how leaders and citizens from low- and middle-income countries perceive their interactions with China as a development partner and Beijing’s contributions to their societies. More specifically, the report will investigate the patterns of Chinese financing before and after the official inauguration of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and triangulate that information with citizens and elites perceptions of China using data from large-scale surveys. AidData tracks more than $5.4 trillion dollars from 90 donor agencies, creates visualization tools and software applications to facilitate understanding of aid information, conducts rigorous impact evaluations of aid transparency innovations, and a variety of applied research activities that seek to improve understanding of aid distribution and impact.

This position is based at AidData at William & Mary's Global Research Institute in Williamsburg, Virginia. This position is a temporary (hourly) position not to exceed 6 months. The advertised pay range is $25-50/hr. This is a restricted position subject to availability of funding. This position is remote-work eligible (works remotely at least 1 day per week but not full-time).

Required Qualifications

  • Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy, or related fields, or comparable education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of policy research and deep knowledge of the policy environment through experience in government, policy research and deep knowledge of the policy environment through experience in government, military or academia.
  • Expert skill in technical assessment and analysis, in developing well-organized, bold-thinking and out-of-the box written reports of outcomes, and in handling a broad range of complex analytical assignments involving multiple organizations, programs, policies and managers.
  • Advanced skills and experience in quantitative analysis and in developing recommendations which might have a serious fiscal, budgetary, programmatic, regulatory, planning, performance and policy impact at wide-scale levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, easily orally and in writing, with both a diverse population of technical and non-technical staff ; and to maintain good communication with geographically dispersed team.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently, meet project timelines and schedules, utilize exceptional organizational skills to meet deadlines, and work under your own initiative.
  • Considerable experience working with R or similar data analysis software
  • Demonstrated skill in: R or similar data analysis software, G Suite, Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Proficient user of G Suite

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate or Post graduate studies or PhD in Economics, Social Sciences, Public Policy, or Related Fields
  • Advanced work experience in R and Stata

Application Instructions

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. This position closes at 11:59pm on July 31, 2022.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching, and service missions of the university. William & Mary is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.