The Charter Cities Institute is a rapidly-growing nonprofit research organization that is empowering new cities with better governance to lift tens of millions of people out of poverty. We are a cutting-edge, well-funded organization, composed of researchers, communicators, international developers, partnership experts and more, all dedicated to building the ecosystem for charter cities. We are hiring a Quantitative Researcher to work with our growing Research Team under the Head of Research, conceiving of, researching, collecting and collating data, analyzing, writing, and communicating how charter cities can help solve many of the most pressing global development challenges of the 21st century.
Our mission is to build the ecosystem for charter cities by: creating legal, regulatory, and planning frameworks; advising and convening key stakeholders including governments, new city developers, and multilateral institutions; and influencing the global agenda through research, engagement, and partnerships. We have exciting projects across the globe, with more coming online regularly.
The Charter Cities Institute is a small team, so the Quantitative 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, short data visualizations, policy briefs, YouTube videos, etc). The ideal candidate should have experience working on quantitative research projects across the whole research project lifecycle: hypothesis generation, conceiving insightful research questions to address useful gaps in the literature, collecting data from various sources, importing and cleaning large datasets, conducting robust econometric analyses, producing visually appealing and easily understandable data visualizations, and disseminating research findings in a clear and concise way. The ideal candidate will have experience working as a quantitative researcher on international development research projects.
- Research: The Quantitative Researcher will be responsible for helping conceive of research projects, collect the requisite data to answer essential and topical research questions, import and clean the data, conduct econometric analyses, produce data visualizations, and help with the final drafting and dissemination of research papers, policy briefs, reports, handbooks, and other written outputs. The aim of these outputs 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).
- Team Support: The Quantitative Researcher will be integral in supporting the Research team in effectively answering the questions our research papers aim to address.
- Data Collection & Generation : There is a lot of data out there, some higher quality, some not. The Quantitative Researcher should be able to quickly and efficiently pinpoint useful datasets, import this data, and put it into a form ready for analysis, transformation, interpretation, and visualization. Additionally, the Research team aims to put out content that is easily understood by not just other scholars, but the broader public as well, through YouTube videos, podcasts, slide decks at events, and other media outlets. To this end, the Quantitative Researcher will assist in producing easy-to-understand visualizations for this mass audience.
- Represent: Depending on events schedules, the Quantitative Researcher may be asked to represent CCI at various events, participate in speaking opportunities, and generally be involved in boosting the brand and impact of CCI.
- Masters degree preferred, in statistics, economics (with a focus on econometrics), data science, or another quantitative social science. An economics background is strongly preferred.
- 2+ years in a quantitative research role
- Extensive experience with Python, R, Stata, or other statistical software.
- Preferred: experience in international development — especially in cities of the Global South — is a plus.
- Familiarity with the Effective Altruism community is a plus.
- 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 visuals and easily digestible language readily understandable to policymakers and wider lay audiences.
- The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, applying a high level of resourcefulness to get stuff done.
- 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 is intellectually curious and has a passion for charter cities.
The Charter Cities Institute greatly values our office culture. We recently moved into beautiful new offices in the heart of the District. We're a small team, so we frequently socialize as well, with regular (but optional) lunches, after-work outings, and weekend activities. Our staff is intellectually curious and enjoys exploring a wide variety of topics, so candidates should feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work.
ABOUT THIS POSITION
This is a full time position, based in our Washington DC office. The Charter Cities Institute offers generous benefits, including health & dental insurance, education reimbursement, unlimited vacation days, book reimbursement, a 401k plan, and more. Salary is negotiable and based on experience.
Please apply within or send a cover letter, resume and writing sample (all in PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line indicating the position you’re applying for. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.