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International Research Analyst

Job ID 721-1

Mathematica seeks policy research analysts passionate about policy research in developing countries. Our international research ranges from determining program impacts to generating learning from program implementation and other data to help clients make the best investment decisions possible. The ideal candidate will have experience Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America in a range of activities, including:

  • Designing and implementing rigorous evaluations of social programs

  • Helping clients define and execute their monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) agendas

  • Managing client relationships and helping grow Mathematica’s international portfolio

Candidates should thrive in a collaborative environment that emphasizes quality, rigor, critical thinking, teamwork, and professional development. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. The analyst should expect to work in a variety of roles spanning different types of projects. 


  • Design and implement impact and performance evaluations in developing countries, including: 

    • Conducting literature reviews and background research

    • Participating in all aspects of quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and management

    • Analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data

    • Composing briefs, reports, papers, and client memos

    • Managing workflows and tracking financial progress of projects

  • Conduct MEL activities in partnership with foundations or other clients, including:

    • Facilitating the development of theories of change and strategy documents

    • Helping stakeholders prioritize learning questions and define indicators of success

    • Designing and operationalizing multi-year MEL plans

    • Generating and communicating concise findings to inform decision-making

  • Develop and manage internal and external relationships, including:

    • Leading meetings with clients and partners as well as facilitating stakeholder discussions and events

    • Coordinating project implementation activities among internal departments and external consultants and subcontractors

    • Representing Mathematica at policy events including conferences, summits, workshops, and policy dialogues

  • Contribute to the growth of Mathematica's work in international development monitoring, evaluation and learning

  • Master’s degree in public policy, international development, economics, statistics, public health, or a related field, or equivalent experience

  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative analytical skills

  • Proven ability to deliver high quality end products while meeting deadlines

  • Highly motivated and self-directed, with a high level of intellectual curiosity

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with clients, implementing partners, and other external stakeholders

  • Demonstrated experience in international development

  • Fluency in French, Portuguese or Arabic preferred

  • Willingness to travel internationally

Company overview:

Mathematica is an internationally recognized nonpartisan research organization that conducts social policy studies in the areas of health, education, nutrition, child development, and related topics in the United States and in developing countries. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for government agencies, private foundations, and other private sector organizations. Mathematica has a portfolio of impact evaluations across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa, in health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, democracy and governance, and a variety of other fields. In addition to hundreds of impact evaluations conducted in the United States, Mathematica has conducted randomized and quasi-experimental studies in over 40 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and former Soviet Republics in the past five years alone.

Selected examples of our work include:

  • Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) Program (Global, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the U.S.): Mathematica serves as the lead evaluation and learning partner for the Packard Foundation’s PRH program; designing and implementing a 7-year comprehensive MEL plan for the PRH program and its four subprograms (Global, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and U.S. subprograms), in collaboration with PRH program team and local partners; the MEL effort includes a range of evaluations and MEL activities. (Client: David & Lucile Packard Foundation)

  • Post Compact Evaluation of the Roads Project (Ghana): Mathematica is implementing an economic assessment of improvements in the roads in Ghana using an HDM-4 model, conducting descriptive analyses of road maintenance practices and traffic patterns along the improved roads, and exploring impact analysis methods using satellite data to measure economic activity. (Client: Millennium Challenge Corporation).

  • Early Grade Reading (Latin America and the Caribbean): Mathematica is examining the impact of teacher training, curriculum development, the use of formative and summative testing, and other educational interventions on children’s early grade reading outcomes in Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, using a mix of experimental, quasi-experimental and mixed-methods designs. (Client: USAID)

  • Irrigation infrastructure improvements (Moldova): Mathematica is estimating the impact of rehabilitating large-scale irrigation infrastructure on crop cultivation decisions and farm income using a quasi-experimental design. (Client: Millennium Challenge Corporation)

Mathematica is a mission driven organization which provides staff with a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, and a strong commitment to quality, analytic rigor and focus on meeting our clients' needs. As an analyst in the international division, you would join our staff of research professionals focused on international policies and programs, receive training and mentorship from senior researchers in the fields of public policy, economics, public health, and other social sciences, and collaborate closely with other researchers, analysts, research assistants, and programmers. At Mathematica, we believe that leveraging the diversity in our backgrounds and identities strengthens the company and helps us effectively advise our clients as they serve diverse populations. In keeping with this commitment, we encourage individuals who have lived or worked in a developing country to apply. We offer our employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership.

Applicants must submit: a cover letter, resume, writing sample that demonstrates analytic thinking (preferably illustrating research or analysis skills on a policy-related topic),transcripts (official or unofficial), and contact information for three references.

Available locations: Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Princeton, NJ; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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