Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Center for International Development at Harvard University has partnered with India's IFMR LEAD, based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research, to evaluate pressing policy questions in collaboration with several government partners. Both IFMR LEAD and EPoD are dedicated to using rigorous evidence to address challenging questions at the intersection of economic development and public policy. Our cutting-edge research examines questions related to governance, financial inclusion, skills training, gender, and sustainable development, and it draws from a network of expert academics with expertise in India and around the world.
EPoD India, in partnership with its host institution, IFMR, is currently seeking a Research Associate to support a new field-based project based in Patna, Bihar. Further details on the project are outlined below.
The position requires a self-starting candidate who can conduct in-depth interviews and scoping activities, manage field activities and coordinate field staff for the execution of surveys and RCTs, and support with high quality cleaning and rigorous analysis of both primary and secondary data. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to join a team of leading economists and public policy experts from Harvard Kennedy School and EPoD India at IFMR LEAD to work on cutting-edge development research and gain first-hand experience working with policy partners, implementing surveys and field experiments, and conducting rigorous data analysis.
About the project:
Evidence for Policy Design is undertaking a study that aims to understand the impact of early warning systems for natural disasters (in this case, floods), and how information about impending floods change recipient behavior and spread within communities. We will be partnering with an alert provider to understand how alerts are generated, how alert recipients respond, and whether and how different kinds of information in alerts can allow for recipients to make better use of them. The project is at an early stage, allowing for the right candidate to provide valuable input to shape its direction. The first year is expected to include considerable scoping and one medium-sized survey in preparation for a larger-scale evaluation in a potential second year.