Employer: Inclusion Economics at Yale University

Location: New Haven, CT, USA or Remote

Employment Type: Consultant, Full-Time and contractual for pre-determined period with potential to convert to full-time staff position


Inclusion Economics at Yale University (YIE) is a policy-engaged social science research initiative that conducts cutting-edge research to understand how policy can promote inclusive, accountable societies. YIE is seeking a research manager who would be responsible for programmatic management of the research portfolios of gender and governance projects conducted by the YIE faculty director (Rohini Pande) and co-founder (Macmillan Director of South Asia Economics Research, Charity Troyer Moore). This position offers the qualified candidate an opportunity to support development economics research in South Asia and beyond focused on improving social safety net delivery in support of women’s well-being, women’s access to technology, and local work opportunities for women in gender-restrictive settings, among others. The manager will work closely with Professor Rohini Pande and Dr. Troyer Moore on a day-to-day basis and will also have the opportunity to engage with leading development economics researchers across multiple leading universities.  The candidate will also coordinate with research and programmatic staff at Yale and in network organizations, including Inclusion Economics India Centre and Inclusion Economics Nepal, to ensure high quality grant management, operational support and project staffing.  The position will include opportunities to travel internationally, particularly to South Asia.

The job requires a knowledge of development economics and the ability to work efficiently across many projects and teams. This position is well-suited for someone interested in a career at the intersection of research and policy.


  • Project Management:

    • Drive forward research study and initiative objectives to achieve goals in mutually agreed upon timelines, soliciting and synthesizing inputs from a range of team members, collaborators and partners, as needed

    • Ensure that processes and policies across US-based and international teams are in place and being followed to ensure high-quality research administration, including on budgeting and spending, field and data collection protocols, human subjects protection/research ethics, data security, and operations

    • Work with country-based teams to design, establish, test, and refine appropriate data quality tracking and monitoring systems for studies

    • Manage recruitment, including recommendations for hiring and onboarding and offboarding processes for project pre-doctoral research fellows and related portfolio contributors

    • Problem solve with team members, external vendors and other collaborators to ensure project goals are met

  • Financial and Grant Management:

    • Assess overall study and portfolio financials, highlighting potential shortfalls and recommending strategies to fill funding gaps

    • Assess country-based budgets and planning, recommending adjustments and ensuring all plans follow best practices outlined for Inclusion Economics work

    • Lead or support the development of grant proposals and budgets, including coordination of compiling research and administrative inputs to ensure a coherent proposal, along with providing concrete guidance to affiliated country teams

    • Manage completion and submission of grant deliverables by drafting, revising and submitting required materials to donors, coordinating inputs from others and ensuring deadlines are met

  • Research and Policy Outputs:

    • Draft, review/revise and/or contribute content for communication materials (website, op-eds, blog posts, etc), and grant proposals and reports

    • Manage organization and delivery of events (e.g., symposiums, conferences) to ensure high quality implementation and effective stakeholder engagement

  • Research Systems and Compliance:

    • Work with staff in country offices to ensure all compliance-related issues are identified and addressed in a proactive, efficient manner.

Other related tasks, as assigned.

Who We Are:                                                                                       

Inclusion Economics at Yale University is a policy-engaged research initiative that draws upon economics, political science, and related fields to conduct cutting-edge research to understand how policy can promote inclusive, accountable economies and societies. Our core research focuses on gender as it relates to labor economics and broader economic empowerment; political economy and governance; and environmental economics. We also aim to build a culture of evidence and increase data literacy in the public sector, strengthening leaders’ ability to identify and implement evidence-informed policies. Throughout the research life cycle, we engage closely with policy counterparts to ensure we address questions of immediate relevance, and we regularly communicate data-driven insights with policy counterparts and the general public.

Inclusion Economics at Yale University (YIE) is based out of the Economic Growth Center and the MacMillan Center, collaborating with Inclusion Economics India Centre at IFMR and Inclusion Economics Nepal at Governance Lab – as well as colleagues at other universities. The initiative builds on a number of multi-year studies and policy engagements that began at Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard Kennedy School, as well as new projects. Program-affiliated hub offices based outside of Yale are independent research centers accountable to their home institutions.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as economics or international relations. Significant coursework in economics is highly preferred.

  • 2 to 6 years of management experience in international development or related field

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.  Ability to integrate research and policy into coherent and effective written materials

  • Skills in grant writing, project reporting and communications

  • Strong understanding of empirical methods, including econometrics and economics, as demonstrated by coursework or similar channels

  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and propose solutions in a timely manner with minimal supervision

  • Strong and demonstrated ability to manage financial resources and balance budgets for projects

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Capacity to maintain an organized and structured work style in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills, and willingness to interact and work closely with a wide range of individuals ranging from Research Associates to academics, donors, research institutions, etc.

  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment

  • Willingness to visit research project sites as necessary

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Public Policy, International Economics, or related field with at least 2 years of project management experience

  • Solid understanding of research project design and processes, experience with randomized control trials

This position will ideally be based in New Haven, CT, USA, although remote options may be considered.  Travel to India and/or Nepal, and possibly other locations, will be required.  

How to Apply: 

If you are interested in this position, please fill out our Screening Questionnaire; you will be asked to upload a single PDF containing your CV, cover letter, writing sample, and academic transcripts.  Label your file “Last name, First name – Research Manager - Yale”. 

To view other open positions, visit the Inclusion Economics Opportunities page.

Yale is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds, particularly women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who have been historically underrepresented in the field of economics.