Senior Research and Evaluation Specialist
American Institutes for Research - Washington, DC

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The International Development Program (IDP) of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), is a not-for-profit research organization that provides applied social and behavior research and technical assistance to clients in developing countries. AIR is seeking a Research and Evaluation Specialist with expertise in quantitative program evaluations. This position is based in Washington, D.C. (Georgetown) office and will require travel to project sites. Current IDP projects involving evaluations are located in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The Research and Evaluation Specialist will work within the Impact and Evaluation team in conducting evaluations for a diverse array of clients, such as the US and other governments, United Nations agencies, and private foundations. The major focus of the team is to conduct external evaluations of different types of policy interventions in a variety of different areas, such as education, health, and innovation. This position offers the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, sometimes with other AIR evaluation specialists and assistants, and often with local evaluation teams in developing countries; as such, the successful candidate will have demonstrated progressive success, preferably in international settings, in designing and managing evaluations, providing proposal development support, conducting workshops and trainings, and transferring knowledge through written reports and presentations. The ability to work both independently and in a team setting is critical, as is the ability to present ideas clearly both orally and in writing.

  • Master’s degree in evaluation, measurement, statistics, quantitative and/or qualitative research with at least 3 to 5 years conducting research and evaluations is required. A Ph.D. or equivalent with a minimum 2 years post degree experience is a plus
  • The candidate should have broad, but appropriate, training and experience in research and evaluation design, budgeting, planning, management, implementation, and reporting. A strong background in quantitative research and proposal writing is highly desired.
In addition to the above, some combination of the following skills is essential:
  • Prior experience working with educational systems in developing countries;
  • USAID-, UN-, EU-related, or other international development experience;
  • Successful track record in designing, implementing, and managing program evaluations;
  • Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines (i.e. proposal deadlines)
  • Flexibility and ability to travel internationally as needed
  • Fluency in foreign languages (e.g., Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish);
  • Experience with software such as STATA or SAS;
  • Excellent training, communication (writing and oral), and interpersonal skills.

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