Technical Director, USAID Long-Term Assistance & Services for Research Collaborative Agreement
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
January 9, 2018
Job Description: TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, USAID LONG-TERM ASSISTANCE AND SERVICES FOR RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT, D-Lab,to manage the LASER research network, ensuring appropriate representation of female researchers and those from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Will develop/promote opportunities for these researchers to participate in application calls; manage day-to-day relationships with USAID missions, bureaus, independent offices, network members, and the CDR; oversee the research problem identification process, with primary responsibility for negotiating mutually-beneficial project descriptions; and ensure the timely drafting, issuance, management, and reporting of subawards/contracts issued under the Cooperative Agreement. May manage other staff and represent the project director as necessary.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Center for Development Research (CDR) in the U.S. Global Development Lab plans to invest in a five-year Cooperative Agreement with a Higher Education Institution to support a project entitled Long-term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER). MIT is preparing a proposal response to support the discovery and uptake of university-sourced, evidence-based solutions to development challenges. USAID will support a recipient to identify new research questions, fund research activities, translate results, and build capacity of local higher education institutions and researchers.
Job Requirements: REQUIRED: Ph.D. in natural sciences, social science, international affairs, public administration, public policy, quantitative methods, or related field or a master's and five years' experience managing development-related research projects; demonstrated success managing multiple development-relevant research projects and successfully taking them to completion; at least three years' supervisory experience; and experience facilitating research collaborations, preferably agreements with governments, private sector, or civil society. At least one year of overseas field experience conducting research in one or more developing countries strongly desired.Job #15555
Position pending funding. Fall 2018 is the anticipated start date.
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