Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) Assistant/Associate - 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.


Support designing and writing proposals for funding from USAID and other sources. Support includes conducting desk research, writing concisely and engagingly about social and behavioral science evidence and concepts, and working collaboratively with SBS technical specialists to identify effective, creative ways in which SBS can be applied to achieve development goals
Conduct literature reviews to synthesize the latest research and findings on SBS theories, interventions, and behavioral measurement to support DI’s core practice areas (politics, governance, peace and resilience, and learning). Research may originate from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, anthropology, political science, sociology, communications, public policy, and others.
Support the creation of information briefs, blog posts, and other written and visual material for public and funder consumption to explain and communicate the value of DI’s SBS practice
Assist in the development and application of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plans at the program design and implementation stages
Support the design and implementation of DI internal trainings related to SBS topics
Support behaviorally focused activity implementation, including qualitative and quantitative assessments, consultations, workshops, and related activities


The ideal SBS Assistant/Associate candidate will meet the following criteria:
Bachelors in a social and behavioral science, such as behavioral economics, social or cognitive psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science or a field in the family of social and behavioral sciences. Candidates must have obtained their degree by the position start date.
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/or qualitative methods in the social and behavioral sciences. For example, this could include quantitative surveying, qualitative interviews, focus group discussion, participant observation, or applied ethnography
1-2 years of related work experience
Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills
Strong organizational and time-management skills
Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with stakeholders, staff, and partners in the Washington, D.C. area and DI’s field offices
Strong interest in conducting field-focused and applied research, especially in low- and middle-income settings and with diverse populations
Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative style
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to work a hybrid in-office/remote schedule at DI's home office in Bethesda, MD


$41.000 - $60.000

Application instructions

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and CV. The writing sample (3-5 pages) should demonstrate SBS technical expertise and clarity of communication; if needed, applicants may submit an excerpt from a longer written work that they have authored (e.g., part of an academic blog, research paper written for a class, peer-reviewed journal article, undergraduate or Master’s thesis etc.).

Well-qualified candidates will be selected for an initial assessment. At this stage, candidates should expect to complete a written assessment and undergo 1-2 interviews. DI will make final candidate selections after the assessment and interview(s).

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