Social and Behavioral Science & Learning 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.


MEL Tools and Templates: In collaboration with DI’s MEL Specialists, design and create standardized Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning tools and templates tailored to SBS-informed interventions.
Standard SBS Outcome Indicators: Work with other DI staff to develop a list of standard performance indicators for measuring social and behavioral program outcomes.
Sampling for SBS Outcome Measurement: Develop guidance on sampling techniques suitable for collecting survey data to document the outcomes of DI’s SBS-based interventions.
Support Rigorous Evaluations: Recommend appropriate methodologies for data collection and analysis to enhance the effectiveness of evaluations for SBS-based programs
Archival Data Analysis for Learning: Collect, clean, and analyze archival project data to extract insights and facilitate evaluative learning. Interpret findings to inform decision-making processes and improve program effectiveness.

Secondary Job Duties:
Support at least One Bid or Proposal: Tailored to the requirements and capabilities of the SBS & Learning team, provide integral support in crafting and formulating proposals for funding from USAID , incorporating expertise in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning. The support encompasses 1) conducting desk research to gather the most recent interdisciplinary, evidence-based research and insights on SBS interventions and behavioral measurement, 2)


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. Given this fellowship’s focus on MEL, students in applied graduate programs in international development, conflict resolution, public policy, or similar fields with background and/or interest in behavioral sciences are also encouraged to apply. Demonstrated coursework and/or practical experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, with a focus on international development and SBS-based programs
Strong analytical skills and proficiency in qualitative or quantitative data analysis software (e.g., R, SPSS, STATA, NVIVO) preferred.
Excellent communication skills with the ability to convey complex concepts clearly and effectively.
Working knowledge of and experience using quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social and behavioral sciences
Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills
Strong organizational and time-management skills
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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