Open Position: PDRI is hiring a Director of Research

The Director of Research will have dual responsibilities: advancing PDRI’s research activities and leading the development of various PDRI events and outputs.

The Director of Research’s core activity is to identify, initiate, recommend and implement opportunities for new research in the humanitarian and international development space. This includes recommending promising areas of research, forming new collaborations, conducting direct outreach to leadership at government agencies and non-profits to explore new research opportunities, liaising with potential donors, and taking the lead in writing grant proposals, among others.

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Posted Job Title

Director of Research, Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI)

Job Description Summary

The Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a Research Project Manager. The initial appointment is for two years with the possibility for renewal.

Established in 2020, the Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) brings together faculty and graduate students from seven schools across campus who have interests in international development, writ large. PDRI seeks to foster inter-disciplinary research by harnessing the extensive experience of its affiliates in both basic social science and program evaluation, drawing upon diverse disciplinary perspectives. PDRI serves as a launchpad for pursuing extramurally-funded research that includes, but not limited to, collaborations with international NGOs, local NGOs, and government agencies while serving as an intellectual community for Penn faculty and graduate students conducting research in developing countries settings.

Job Description

The Director of Research will have dual responsibilities: advancing PDRI’s research activities and leading the development of various PDRI events and outputs.  The Director of Research’s core activity is to identify, initiate, recommend and implement opportunities for new research in the humanitarian and international development space. This includes recommending promising areas of research, forming new collaborations, conducting direct outreach to leadership at government agencies and non-profits to explore new research opportunities, liaising with potential donors, and taking the lead in writing grant proposals, among others.

Fundraising: The Director of Research will also be instrumental in raising core funds to support PDRI’s activities (e.g., hiring additional staff) to ensure financial sustainability, and to identify and funding sources that will enable PDRI to grow. In this capacity, the Director of Research will also contribute to and inform strategic planning.

Supporting existing research projects: in this role the Director of Research will support and supervise project-specific managers, conduct outreach to varied stakeholders within the program, making program improvement recommendations, help organize research dissemination event, support contracting sub-awardees (e.g., survey firms), etc.

Administration: in this role, the Director of Research will take a leading role in hiring and managing permanent staff; supervising the organization of weekly seminars and bi-annual conferences; supervise website maintenance and updating; manage outreach activities (e.g., bi-monthly newsletter), and on-boarding new affiliates.

This position is a two-year term appointment with a possibility of renewal.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Political Science, Economics, International Development, Public Policy or related field;

  • At least 3 years conducting research or overseeing project implementation in developing country settings, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Excellent communication and writing skills

  • Proven experience in successful grant writing

Preferred:

  • Managerial experience

The following application materials are requested:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • List of three references

Job Location – City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

School of Arts and Sciences

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
A background check is required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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