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Researcher

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Charter Cities Institute
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Washington, DC
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Published 29 days ago

The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit building the ecosystem for charter cities: new cities with better laws. Our goal is to lift tens of millions of people out of poverty by leveraging the international development community and working with our partners on the ground. We are hiring a Researcher to add to our growing Research team. The Researcher will work with the Research team under the Head of Research, conceiving of, researching, writing, and communicating how charter cities can help solve many of the most pressing global development challenges of the 21st century.

The Charter Cities Institute is a small team, so the Researcher will need to be comfortable working on larger flagship research projects as well as smaller, more ad hoc research outputs (e.g., blog posts, podcasts, policy briefs, YouTube videos, etc). The ideal candidate should have experience in an international development organization or multilateral, working both with high-level research and on-the-ground project execution. The Researcher will also be working on several research projects examining how to build urban infrastructure cost-effectively and efficiently in emerging markets, so experience in this domain is a plus.

Responsibilities of Researcher

  • Research: The Researcher will be responsible for formulating, researching, and drafting well-written research papers, policy briefs, reports, handbooks, and other written outputs. The aim of these pieces is to demonstrate the promise of charter cities as a policy solution to some of the world’s most intractable issues (e.g., migration/refugee crises, urbanization, poor governance, poverty, informality, climate change, environmental degradation, gender inequality, and others). One particular research focus for the Researcher will be how best to provide urban infrastructure. The Researcher will also be encouraged to leverage their network in the international development community to engage in co-authored works and cross-promotional research activities with other development research teams/individuals.
  • Project Management: The Researcher will be given substantial autonomy in directing and owning the research projects he or she works on from conception through to (and including) dissemination. This will include collaborating with other researchers, research assistants, and interns assigned to individual projects, and ensuring the final research output is delivered in a timely, efficient, and maximally impactful manner.
  • Research Dissemination: Work with the Head of Research, Head of Communications, and Executive Director to pinpoint optimal distribution channels for each research output in order to maximize dissemination, audience reach, and overall impact (e.g., particular media outlets, think tank policy briefs, events, book volumes, scholarly journals, podcasts, YouTube videos, conferences, etc).
  • Events: The Researcher will help the executive team planning and executing research- or policy-related events involving participants from international development organizations and multilaterals. These events or panels will aim to highlight charter cities as a promising development policy tool.
  • Represent: The Researcher will represent CCI at various events, strive to participate in speaking opportunities, and be resourceful in finding other ways to boost the brand and impact of CCI.

Background

  • Masters required, in economics, political science, international development, or other relevant social science.
  • 3+ years experience in a research role in international development.
  • Experience managing research projects and teams.

Qualities

  • The ideal candidate will have advanced writing skills, including not only experience producing well-written research papers, but also experience simplifying and translating complicated subjects into clear and concise language easily digestible by policymakers and wider lay audiences.
  • The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial. They will see processes and other areas that can be improved and take initiative to make those improvements.
  • The ideal candidate will have a set of relationships that can be leveraged for co-authorship, events, and other collaborations to increase the reach of ideas about charter cities.
  • The ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively, including representing CCI at events, conferences, workshops, and policy dialogues and presenting research findings.
  • The ideal candidate has a high level of attention to detail, as CCI’s research projects often involve many moving pieces and stakeholders.
  • The ideal candidate is intellectually curious and has a passion for charter cities.


The Charter Cities Institute greatly values our office culture. Our staff is intellectually curious and enjoys exploring a wide variety of topics, not all of which are directly related to charter cities. We're a small team, so we frequently go out to lunch as a group, and get drinks together a handful of times per month (this is not required). Candidates should feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.

The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit building the ecosystem for charter cities: new cities with better laws. Our goal is to lift tens of millions of people out of poverty by leveraging the international development community and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    May 31, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

Negotiable based on experience.

Benefits

401k

Health, Dental & Vision Insurance

Educational Development Support

401k

Health, Dental & Vision Insurance

Educational Development Support

Location

On-site
Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

Please send a Resume, Cover Letter & Writing Sample

Please send a Resume, Cover Letter & Writing Sample

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