Fellow/Senior Fellow, Center for Universal Education (Job ID: 2020-2417)

Posted Date 3 months ago(10/21/2020 1:00 PM)
Global Economy and Development
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Commensurate with experience


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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


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The Global Economy and Development program aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. Center for Universal Education (CUE), founded in 2002 as part of the Global Economy and Development program, is one of the leading policy centers focused on universal quality education across the world. We develop and disseminate effective solutions for quality education and skills development. We envision a world where all children and youth have the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. The Center plays a critical role in influencing the development of policy related to global education and promotes actionable strategies for governments, civil society, and private enterprise. 


Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia. 


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Global Economy and Development Program at The Brookings Institution (Brookings) is accepting applications for a Fellow position within its Center for Universal Education (CUE).


The Fellow/Senior Fellow will report directly to the Vice President and Director of the program and be a member of the Girls Education team within CUE. In collaboration with CUE’s Co-Director, this Fellow’s main responsibilities will be to lead the execution of the Echidna Scholars Program. The Echidna Global Scholars Program aims to build the research, analytical and leadership skills to help advance girls’ education among decisionmakers, NGO leaders and academics who have substantial experience and ties to developing countries. The program consists of a residency component as well as pre- and post-residency activities. A key component of the program is to nurture and strengthen a growing network of new Echidna Scholars and Echidna Alumni, who are girls’ education leaders in low- and middle- income countries across the world.


The Fellow/Senior Fellow will oversee the recruitment, onboarding and development of new resident Echidna Scholars as well as the continuous activities to strengthen the Echidna Alumni network, develop and manage new partnerships, engage with policymakers and other partners, and represent the program and its work in other external venues. The Fellow/Senior Fellow will also be expected to produce regular knowledge products on timely policy issues related to girls’ education in developing countries, which may include policy-relevant papers, blogs, policy briefs, reports and journal articles. The Fellow/Senior Fellow  shall competently lead issue-focused meetings, high-level conferences, and other events, and interact with other Brookings scholars, current and potential funders, the wider policy community, and the media.



Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:


Candidates are required to have an advanced graduate degree (PhD preferred) in a relevant field such as education, gender studies, public policy, international development, or a related social science field . Minimum of six years of relevant research or policy-related experience, ideally in a fast-paced work environment. The successful candidate will be a scholar with deep experience in girls’ education research and policy and exhibit strong inter-personal abilities, including working effectively with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. He/she must have a proven record of publishing in professional or academic journals, edited volumes, and/or policy-oriented publications and a track record of forging successful partnerships/collaborations within and across institutions, including governments, to communicate complex ideas and achieve impact. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Candidates should have a particular interest in generating and translating evidence to advance educational opportunities for girls in low- and middle-income countries and in developing local leaders in the global girls’ education sector. Candidates should have strong oral and written communication skills, as well as expertise in primary and secondary research, policy guidance and advising, building partnerships with external organizations and government policymakers, and working collaboratively across disciplines and with multiple stakeholders. Experience working with large networks in virtual settings is desirable. Fluency in English is required. Fluency in a second language is preferred.


Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.








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