Project Lead, Surveys & Advisory Services (SAS)

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Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 24 March 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 22 February 2018

Job Description

Join the Media Platform for the Global Development Community

You: an ambitious, client-oriented consulting project leader with interests in global development who works well within a diverse and growing global team.

Us: a buzzed-about social enterprise committed to changing the world through our audience of one million aid workers and development professionals. An international organization founded at the Harvard Kennedy School, Devex is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Barcelona and Manila and reporters around the world.

Our diverse global team includes 120 web-savvy journalists, analysts, developers, designers, and marketers. We cover the most important issues in the world, from eradicating malaria and polio to fighting climate change to ending poverty in our time, and professionals at NGOs like Save the Children, CARE, ONE, and the Gates Foundation rely on us to be in-the-know.

You will have an opportunity to grow and learn from sharp, committed colleagues, and be part of an innovative culture that’s low on bureaucracy and high on impact (and fun). Get to know us better by checking out our tumblr page.

The Team & Role:

Surveys & Advisory Services (SAS) is the business and communications research and consulting practice at Devex. SAS leads quantitative and qualitative surveys and other customized projects for Devex clients, conducts in-depth assessments and reports on issues that matter most to the global development community, and develops business-focused editorial content, including practical business analysis and advice. SAS works with some of the most progressive and impactful private and public sector organizations in the world, including multinational corporations, international NGOs, and U.N. agencies.

The SAS team is looking for a versatile, business-minded, and highly-analytical Project Lead with excellent oral and written communication abilities. The right candidate can turn an idea into action through developing and sticking to a project plan, manage a small team of project analysts and turn data into results. They can conduct in-depth research and data analysis, but also take a step back and explain in plain English what the findings actually mean to an international development audience. The candidate is comfortable with managing timelines, working with clients in a consultative process, managing and analyzing large data sets and managing a project team.


To fit well in this role you must be fluent in English. You should be truly sharp, an excellent researcher, analyst and writer, and someone with the leadership and communications skills that attract colleagues and clients to want to work with you.

You also must have…

  • At least 5 years of total experience as a consultant/analyst, with at least 2 of them as a project lead or similar position in a consulting and/or market research firm
  • A firm understanding of why communications insights matter for your clients
  • An understanding of the development sector and a global mindset
  • Relevant undergraduate degree

Preferred Qualifications:

Besides the basic requirements, here’s what we’d love to see…

  • International degree and/or work experience
  • Experience working for clients that are in the social impact space
  • A solid grasp of how the development business works
  • You haven’t just heard of USAID, the World Bank and the Gates Foundation; you

actually know what they do and how they work

  • Relevant master’s degree

This role will be based in our Washington and/or Barcelona offices.

Get the conversation started by submitting an application today!

About the Organization

Devex is the media platform for the global development community. As a social enterprise, we connect and inform development, health, humanitarian and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence and funding & career opportunities so you can do more good for more people. Devexers live our mission, and bring their top-notch academic and professional credentials to work every day to change the world.

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