Role: Special Projects Coordinator

Research, Operations and Policy Associate

The Research, Operations and Policy Associate will work as part of a small team directly supporting the activities of Prof. Michael Kremer. They will coordinate logistics, provide research support, draft communications, and manage relationships. The position is well-suited with someone with excellent organizational skills who is interested in working at the intersection of research and policy.

The organization

The Development Innovation Lab uses the tools of economics to develop innovations with the potential to benefit millions of people in low- and middle-income countries. Recent or ongoing work includes a meta-analysis of water treatment and child mortality which informed a $65m grant to scale-up water treatment; research on how to accelerate the availability of COVID-19 vaccines; testing of innovative lending products for farmers, work on digital agricultural extension, and iterative testing of approaches to improve learning outcomes.


  • Coordinates Prof. Kremer’s work with outside institutions, including NGOs and government agencies.
  • Organizes speaking and media requests for domestic and international events.
  • Assists in preparing speeches and presentations for policy outreach.
  • Monitors, prioritizes and drafts communications.
  • Organizes on and off-campus meetings including lab meetings, workshops, and other special events. Coordinates speakers, handling all travel arrangements and reimbursements; handles speaker’s itinerary.
  • Coordinates complex domestic and multi-country international travel arrangements and reimbursements for DIL team and visitors.
  • Collaborates on new and ongoing research projects. Tasks include: proofreading, fact-checking, and editing.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or a closely related field.


  • Skill in project management.
  • Working knowledge as a research assistant and/or supporting research projects.
  • Teaching Assistant experience in economics courses may also be considered.
  • Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.


  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for development economics.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail.
  • Effective written and verbal communication.
  • A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; meet tight deadlines; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.
  • Anticipate and respond to future needs.
  • Works well independently and in a team environment.
  • Use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution.
  • Solve problems and make effective decisions.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • Three Professional References Contact Information (required)

Submit your application materials.