AidData Program Manager (TUFF)

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AidData Program Manager (TUFF) 2

Position description

The Global Research Institute (GRI) empowers teams of William & Mary students and faculty to make a difference in the world. We are a multidisciplinary hub that applies scholarly research to real world problems, investing in outstanding student and faculty scholars to catalyze new insights and cultivate the next generation of global leaders. Based in the Office of the Provost, GRI supports a whole of university approach to advance W&M by developing ideas, convening partners, creating and analyzing data, and inventing new methods. The Institute’s approach to incubate and scale and applied research helps researchers push research frontiers and produce insights that matter at W&M and beyond. At any time, under the auspices of the Institute there are several research projects, most grant-funded, with the largest being AidData.

AidData produces novel data, tools, and research that answers the question: who is funding, what, where, for whom, and to what effect around the world? AidData has an explicit focus on data and research that meets high academic standards but is also accessible and relevant for a broad audience of international relations practitioners, policymakers, journalists, and scholars. AidData’s work is made possible by generous financial support of international organizations such as the World Bank and United Nations, private philanthropies such as the Hewlett and Gates Foundations, and government agencies such as the US Department of State and USAID.

Position Summary

The Program Manager at AidData’s Tracking Underreporting Financial Flows (TUFF) leads a wide variety of projects. This position provides a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge research on China’s global development finance program which covers about 195 countries.

In this position, you will be responsible for leading and managing engagements with a variety of external funders (e.g. US government agencies, Hewlett Foundation, Gates Foundation) and research partners. You will support the preparation of research proposals, design, implementation and monitoring of the collection and analysis of data on Chinese development finance activities. You will lead a team of researchers in the assembly of datasets through open-source data collection. You will oversee and contribute to data management, report writing and dissemination.

You might also contribute to AidData’s policy outreach related to China’s growing overseas development finance footprint.

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