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).