Position Summary: The Junior Program Manager (JPM) is a research staff position at AidData. JPM positions are designed for recent college graduates or young professionals who would like to: deepen and broaden their analytical, methodological, and management skills; receive on-the-job training and mentoring from a group of professional staff and researchers; and prepare for future professions in academia, public service, and/or the private sector. The JPM position will divide his or her time between student management, data quality assurance, and other specialized research, analysis, and policy outreach activities. The individual in this position will have the unique opportunity to manage the next generation of AidData’s data collection enterprises and move the organization closer to tracking the “total resource envelope” of development finance, including leading and managing a team of dynamic research assistants. In addition, this individual will have the opportunity to use this never-before-seen data to conduct and publish cutting-edge analysis with the REU/Policy team on the funding priorities of these non-traditional donors. JPMs play an important role in helping AidData expand its reach and impact in coordination with a variety of institutional partners, such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Humanity United, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This position is based at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
-Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Political Science, International Relations, GIS, Computer Science a related degree or an equivalent combination of training and experience
-Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
-Ability to balance “big picture” thinking with attention to detail
-Proven ability to undertake diverse and complex assignments with minimal supervision and resolve competing demands.
-Demonstrated leadership potential
-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;
-Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills, and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of researchers, clients, partners, data users, and staff
-Experience in one of AidData’s coding methodologies
-Familiarity with current issues in open data, open government, and international development -Experience in project management
-Strong commitment to and understanding of AidData’s mission and goals
-Professional or academic experience in developing countries
-Experience dealing with researchers and the global development community
-Working knowledge of R, STATA, SPSS, or other statistical software
Apply with a resume and cover letter at https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/30934
The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
About the Organization
AidData is a research lab at William & Mary. We equip policymakers and practitioners with better evidence to improve how sustainable development investments are targeted, monitored, and evaluated. We use rigorous methods, cutting-edge tools, and granular data to answer the question: who is doing what, where, for whom, and to what effect?
We live in an age of informational abundance. But decision-makers need help finding the signal in the noise — to target their resources where they can do the most good, to monitor progress over time, and to evaluate what works, what doesn't, and why.
By 2020, we want to see a group of leading international development organizations make better-informed decisions at multiple stages of their programming cycles by leveraging cutting-edge methods and tools and rigorous evidence.
To this end, we've decided to prioritize long-lasting, strategic partnerships with organizations that are willing to challenge the status quo and innovate at multiple stages of their programming cycles — during due diligence and program design, when interventions are being implemented and monitored, and when determinations of program effectiveness are made and fed forward into the next round of investment decisions.
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.
For more information, see www.aiddata.org