Fellow, CUE (Job ID: 2022-2972)

Posted Date 2 months ago(6/29/2022 5:40 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.


With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. Founded in 2002, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) is a leading policy center focused on universal quality education and skills development around the world. The center plays a critical role in accelerating education change so that all learners can thrive in a rapidly changing world. CUE helps inform the development of policy related to global education and promotes actionable strategies for governments, civil society, and private enterprise.


Position Location: This position is hybrid. Hybrid positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC, office with the option of at least two days of remote work each week.



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Individuals that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation. 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 Global program and be a member of the Gender Equality and Education Team (GEET) within CUE. In collaboration with CUE’s Deputy Director, this Fellow’s main responsibilities will be to lead the ongoing design, implementation, and evaluation of the Echidna Global Scholars Program as well as engage in collaborative research on gender equality and education with CUE partners around the world. The Echidna Global Scholars Program seeks to catalyze and amplify the impact of local leaders working to advance gender equality in and through education across the Global South. During a six-month fellowship, Echidna Global Scholars conduct individual research focused on improving learning opportunities and life outcomes for girls, young women, and gender non-conforming people, develop their leadership and evidence-based policy skills, build substantive knowledge on gender and global education issues, and expand their pathways for impact. Upon completion of the fellowship, scholars transition to the Echidna Alumni Network, a growing community of practice aimed at promoting their significant, sustained, and collective influence on gender-transformative education globally and locally.


Researchers with interest in gender, education, and experience with action research, research-practitioner partnerships, professional learning networks or learning communities, and feminist and decolonial approaches to research are especially encouraged to apply.


The Fellow will participate in the ongoing development and implementation of CUE’s portfolio of applied research on gender equality in education. In relation to the Echidna Global Scholars Program, the Fellow will oversee the recruitment, onboarding and development of new Echidna Scholars as well as co-develop (with alumni) the ongoing activities of the Echidna Scholar Alumni Network. The Fellow will also cultivate and manage new partnerships and collaborations with grassroots and local organizations, engage with local and global policymakers, funders, universities, and other partners, and represent the program and its work in other external venues. The Fellow will be expected to produce and co-produce regular knowledge products on timely policy issues related to gender equality in education in the Global South, which may include policy-relevant papers, blogs, policy briefs, reports journal articles, and relevant multimedia forms of dissemination. 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.


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 or humanities field with a 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 substantial experience in girls’ education and gender equality in education research and policy and exhibit strong inter-personal abilities, including recognizing and elevating the diversity of knowledge of different people, communicating effectively with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and acknowledging power dynamics in the field of international development. They 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.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Candidates should have a particular interest in generating and translating evidence to advance educational opportunities for girls, women and gender non-conforming people in Global South countries and in developing local leaders in the global 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. Candidates should have significant experience working and living in the Global South. Experience working on collaborative projects and with large networks in virtual settings is desirable. Fluency in English is required. Fluency in another language is strongly 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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