International Research Analyst

Mathematica Policy Research   •  

Seattle, WA

Industry: Information Technology


Less than 5 years

Posted 74 days ago

This job is no longer available.

Position Description:

Mathematica seeks skilled research analysts to join its rapidly growing international development research division. We welcome candidates who are passionate about conducting high-quality research to inform policy and programmatic decision-making in developing countries. Candidates should thrive in a collaborative environment that emphasizes quality, analytical rigor, and critical thinking. This role is ideal for individuals with strong research skills, a passion for international development, and an interest in using data and evidence to drive change.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work on interdisciplinary, cross-office research teams to design and implement evaluations using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Conduct literature reviews and background research to inform evaluation design, guide instrumentation, and help interpret research findings
  • Contribute to the development of survey instruments, focus group discussion guides, and in-depth interview guides for a variety of stakeholders
  • Support and oversee local partners conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection (participate in enumerator training, observe data collection, and support other quality assurance efforts)
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data and prepare public use data sets
  • Help communicate results to a range of audiences through reports, policy briefs, meetings, presentations, and other media
  • Conduct project management including analyzing project budgets, tracking spending, managing timelines, and reporting to funders

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, international development, economics, statistics, public health, or a related field
  • Experience working in a developing country, ideally conducting data collection or other field-based research
  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative analytical skills and a strong understanding of high-quality research methods
  • Superlative written communication skills, and the ability to convey complex research results to non-academic audiences
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including an ability to collaborate in a poised and professional manner with clients, implementing partners, consultants, and other external stakeholders
  • Experience with one or more of the sectors in which Mathematica conducts research, including education, health, nutrition, food and agriculture, infrastructure, energy, climate, financial protection, democracy and governance, and water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Willingness to travel to and work in developing countries (up to 30% time)
  • At least three years of relevant work experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken French is strongly preferred

About us

Established in 1968, Mathematica is a non-partisan research firm that brings evidence to bear on pressing policy questions and social challenges. Working across sectors and regions, we help our partners to develop, measure, evaluate, and scale policies and programs to maximize impact and improve the lives of millions across the globe. Our social mission and commitment to quality and innovation drives us to develop highly tailored approaches that draw on the best available methods, tools, and technology to meet our partners’ learning and decision-making needs. Today, our 1,200 employees are helping government agencies, donors, foundations, and a range of non-governmental and private sector organizations make a difference in countries across the globe. We have worked in over 50 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

For more information on Mathematica’s international development work, go to

At Mathematica, we believe that leveraging the diversity in our backgrounds and identities strengthens the company and helps us effectively advise our clients as they serve diverse populations. We offer our employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership.

Applicants must submit: a cover letter, resume, writing sample that demonstrates analytic thinking (preferably illustrating research or analysis skills on a policy-related topic), transcripts (official or unofficial), and contact information for three references.

Available locations: Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Princeton, NJ; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Job ID 855-3