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Researcher/Senior Researcher, International Development

Job ID 816-1

Position Description:

Established in 1968, Mathematica is a non-partisan research firm that brings evidence to bear on the world’s most pressing policy questions and social challenges. Working across all sectors and regions, we help our partners to develop, measure, evaluate, and scale policies and programs to maximize impact and improve the lives of millions across the globe. Our social mission and commitment to quality and innovation drives us to develop highly tailored approaches that draw on the best available methods, tools, and technology to meet our partners’ learning and decision-making needs. Today, our 1,200 employees are helping government agencies, donors, foundations, and a range of non-governmental and private sector organizations make a difference in more than 50 countries.

Mathematica seeks researchers and senior researchers with international development and evaluation expertise committed to contributing to the evidence base of what works to improve a range of outcomes in developing country contexts. Specifically, we are seeking experienced researchers with expertise in impact evaluation methods—including experimental and quasi-experimental design and analysis—who want to be part of our growing team of international evaluation researchers and who are passionate about helping to identify programs that result in better development outcomes. Researchers will join Mathematica’s international research unit and contribute to our rapidly-growing portfolio of impact and performance evaluations of interventions in education, health, agriculture, infrastructure, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and other sectors in various countries across the globe.

Candidates should bring very strong design, analytical, writing, and presentation skills that would allow them to design rigorous evaluations of international programs, conduct analyses, write reports, and present findings to policy and research audiences. Field experience in developing countries, including working closely with stakeholders such as implementers and data collection firms, is strongly preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Fluency in French or Portuguese is preferred.   

Researchers and senior researchers collaborate with other staff to design rigorous approaches to evaluating programs and policies, conduct analyses, draft reports, and present findings to policy and professional audiences. Our research staff consists of over 250 doctoral-level researchers with degrees in economics, public policy, public health, statistics, psychology, education, sociology, demography, and related fields. We offer our employees a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and employee ownership. Mathematica aspires to be a truly diverse community in which individuals of every gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, disability, and veteran status can contribute equally.


  • Design and implement mixed methods evaluations of development programs across sectors and in a variety of environments

  • Conduct analyses, write reports and papers, and present findings to funders and country-level stakeholders

  • Travel to the field (up to 25 percent time) to discuss design, monitor implementation, oversee data collection, and disseminate findings

  • Develop and implement capacity building efforts in rigorous evaluation to local stakeholders and funders  

  • Contribute to the growth and development of our research projects, including helping to identify new business opportunities and writing strong proposals

Position Requirements:

  • PhD or equivalent in economics, public policy, sociology, or a related social science

  • Strong quantitative design and analytical skills

  • Field experience in international development research is strongly preferred

  • Fluency in French or Portuguese is preferred

  • Experience studying interventions in one of the following sectors is preferred: education;  workforce development; reproductive health; maternal and child health; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; agriculture; land; energy; and transportation

  • Highly motivated and self-directed, with strong interpersonal skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to convey complex technical issues to a broad and diverse audience

  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 25 percent time

  • Ability to work well in teams

Selected examples of the kinds of evaluations we're conducting include:

Early grade reading, Latin America and the Caribbean: examining the impact of teacher training, curriculum development, and other education reform efforts in USAID-funded countries, using a mix of experimental and quasi-experimental designs. (Client: USAID)

Community monitoring of health services, India: examining the extent to which training and supporting elected women representatives to monitor and report on health services improves the quality and use of reproductive health and maternal health services. (Client: Packard Foundation)

WASH infrastructure and institutional capacity, Zambia: mixed-methods performance evaluation examining the effectiveness of rehabilitating and extending infrastructure and strengthening the capacity of local institutions to improve their financial sustainability, operational management, and responsiveness to poor and disadvantaged customers. (Client: MCC)

Quality of secondary education, Morocco. Randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of pedagogical reform, improvements in school leadership and management, and school infrastructure improvements on student educational achievement, learning outcomes, and employability skills. (Client: MCC)

Early childhood development, Tanzania: monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities to provide actionable information and guidance to policymakers and implementers designing a preprimary package of interventions that improve early grade reading, math, and social emotional outcomes for children (Client: Dubai Cares)

Irrigation infrastructure improvements, Moldova: estimating the impact of rehabilitating large-scale irrigation infrastructure on crop cultivation decisions and farm income using a quasi-experimental design. (Client: MCC)

Electricity and power infrastructure, Benin: estimating improvements to the reliability of grid electricity from investments in power plants and distribution infrastructure using high-frequency data and estimating impacts of improved power reliability on businesses and households. (Client: MCC)

A cover letter, CV, and writing sample or job market paper must be submitted at the time of application. Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your references to

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

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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