Fellow, CUE, Scaling Education Initiatives (Job ID: 2021-2744)

Posted Date 1 month ago(9/15/2021 2:43 PM)
Global Economy and Development
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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 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. 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. 


Position Location: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.  


Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.  


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The Fellow will report directly to the Vice President and Director of the program and be a member of the Millions Learning team within CUE. In collaboration with the Senior Fellow of the team, this Fellow will lead the execution of a research project aimed at improving the effectiveness of efforts to scale the impact of education initiatives in developing country contexts. Millions Learning is an initiative within CUE that investigates how to scale education initiatives in low- and middle-income countries, and regularly shares insights and lessons with policymakers, practitioners, and funders.


The Fellow will oversee data collection and undertake qualitative and quantitative data analysis, capture key learnings and insights, develop and manage new partnerships, engage with policymakers and other partners, and represent the project and its work in external venues. The Fellow will also be expected to produce regular knowledge products on timely policy issues related to scaling education initiatives to address the scale of the global learning crisis, which may include policy-relevant papers, blogs, policy briefs, reports and journal articles. The 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. The Fellow will be responsible for securing new funding and managing existing donor relationships.


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 a PhD in a relevant field such as education, public policy, international development, or a related social science field with a minimum of six years of relevant research or policy-related experience, ideally in a fast-paced work environment, to be considered for this role. The successful candidate will be a scholar with deep experience in international education research and policy. 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 researching how to effectively scale education initiatives in low- and middle-income countries in ways that optimize quality, equity, efficiency, and sustainability of impacts. Candidates should have expertise in primary and secondary research, policy guidance and advising, building partnerships with external organizations and government policymakers, fundraising and managing grants, and working collaboratively across disciplines and with multiple stakeholders. The position requires domestic and international travel. Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish and/or French 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.


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