Social and Behavioral Science Graduate Fellow - United States

Democracy International

About the organization

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 80+ countries.

DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression.


Inventory of SBS-based Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) Interventions: This would involve aggregating information into a catalog of behaviorally-focused interventions that can be applied to advance Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG)-related program outcomes.
SBS Resources for Program Design: The Fellow may work with other DI staff to develop brief write-ups on evidence-based SBS concepts, theories of change, and illustrative interventions to inform program design and proposal writing.
Desk Reviews: Conduct and/or aggregate literature reviews in relation to key learning questions identified by DI staff to support current or future programming.

Secondary Job Duties:
Support at least One Bid or Proposal: Based on the needs and capacities of the SBS & Learning team, the Fellow may support designing and writing proposals for funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and potentially other donors . Support includes 1) conducting desk research to collect the latest interdisciplinary research and findings on SBS interventions and behavioral measurement to support DI’s core practice areas, 2) writing concisely and engagingly about social and behavioral science evidence and concepts, and 3) working collaboratively with SBS technical specialists and the Strategy & Design team to identify effective, creative ways in which SBS can be applied to achieve development goals.
Create Content for External Communications:


B.A. or B.S. in behavioral economics, social or cognitive psychology, political science, communications/marketing or a field in the family of behavioral sciences.
Enrolled in a graduate program in behavioral economics, social or cognitive psychology, political science, communications/marketing or a field in the family of behavioral sciences.
Strong experience conducting desk research and research synthesis of published, unpublished, and grey literature across SBS disciplines.
Working knowledge of and experience using quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social and behavioral sciences.
Strong analytical skills and working knowledge of statistics.
Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills.
Strong organizational and time-management skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative style.
Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with stakeholders in the Washington, D.C. area and DI’s field offices.
Experience with field-focused and applied research preferable, especially in low- and middle-income countries.


$16 - $30/hour

Application instructions

Interested applicants MUST submit a cover letter and CV. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. DI will only contact candidates of interest.

All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application. DI will not sponsor applicants for work Visa

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