Summary Description: The Deepak and Neera Raj Center for Indian Economic Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) seeks a Research Scholar to conduct work on the Indian economy and policy. The position will report to the Director of the Center. Successful execution will require generating original research, project management and communicating research findings to a range of audiences in a manner that maximizes policy impact, as well as contributing to the Center's wider research and convening efforts. The focus of the scholarship will be around research and policy analysis into improving understanding of the Indian economy, support the dissemination of this knowledge to practitioners, policymakers, students and scholars worldwide, and help sustain ongoing dialogues on major policy issues facing India.The position will engage at a high level with key stakeholders; a high level of verbal and written communications, and cultural awareness, skills are required.Main Responsibilities:Research and AnalysisIdentify and execute on priority areas of work and appropriate research methodologies for qualitative and quantitative analysis on both a global and regional scale. Research tasks will include, but are not limited to, expert interviews, literature reviews, quantitative analysis, and policy analysis, as well as writing up research results and drafting reports and other documentsRegularly publish outputs that provide quantitative and qualitative analysis on the above areas. These will take the form of research reports, commentary, op-eds, and other outputs.Management, Coordination and LeadershipSupport the strategic vision of the work and scope of research questions to explore, including identifying emerging opportunities and challenges, and develop ways in which the Center can generate unique insights to improve public understanding and debate.Help identify the institutions and individuals currently doing leading work in this area and establish and maintain close working relationships with them to explore and develop research partnerships and joint products. Assist in development efforts to secure funding from a variety of sources to support thematic work.Leverage the resources available across Columbia University to ensure the work stream is cross-disciplinary and engages faculty and students from all relevant disciplines.Convene and Communicate Clearly communicate research findings into actionable, policy-relevant mediums for multiple audiences [e.g. policymakers, private and public sector leaders, general public]. Must possess the ability to convey complex data and information in a succinct and easy to digest manner for immediate impact.Staff high-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process.
Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in economics, public policy or quantitative political science, or equivalent, which could include bachelor's degree in economics, and high-level, relevant professional experience. 3-5 years of work experience in economics and public policy writing especially as it relates to economic policies in India.Strong quantitative skills including ability to work with large datasets. A high level of verbal and written communications skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in public policy with specialization in economics or Ph.D. in economics with strong background in economic policy writing.10+ years of work experience in economic analysis and policy. Proven record of deep interest in economic reforms, especially in relation to India.
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