Post-doctoral Social Scientist, Impact Evaluation
Conservation International (CI) helps societies sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the benefit of humanity. As part of the CI Social Science Initiative, CI seeks a post-doctoral social scientist to work with an interdisciplinary team to rigorously evaluate the impacts of biodiversity conservation interventions. Research will initially examine the impact of understudied conservation interventions in the Amazon; based on the successful candidate’s interests, subsequent studies may evaluate interventions in other geographies. Collaborators may include CI country offices, Duke University, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Drawing upon existing data and established partnerships, the successful candidate will lead or contribute to two or more peer-reviewed publications in the first year.
In support of the CI Social Science Initiative and the CI Science Strategy, the post-doctoral Social Scientist (Impact Evaluation) will conduct research, provide technical assistance, and build capacity on CI priorities for impact evaluation. In support of these strategic priorities, s/he will also assist with social science project planning, management, communication, and fundraising. S/he will report to and collaborate closely with the Senior Director for Social Science, as part of the Measurement and Evidence team in the Moore Center for Science; s/he will also collaborate closely with others inside and outside CI.
The post-doctoral Social Scientist (Impact Evaluation) will help CI to rigorously document the impacts of biodiversity conservation interventions. In collaboration with the Senior Director for Social Science, the post-doctoral Social Scientist (Impact Evaluation) will initially lead research that examines the ecological and social impacts of conservation interventions in the Amazon, particularly payments for ecosystem services (e.g., conservation agreements). Based on organizational priorities, the Social Scientist may subsequently evaluate conservation interventions in other geographies. S/he will also work with the Senior Director for Social Science and the Social Science Initiative to build impact evaluation capacity and to translate evaluation insights into conservation policy and practice.
This position leads the day-to-day development and implementation of research efforts to document the impacts of conservation interventions. S/he will assist the senior director and others with efforts to build CI impact evaluation capacity and translate scientific insights into conservation policy and practice. They will also assist the senior director with social science project planning, management, communication, and fundraising in support of CI’s Social Science Initiative (SSI).
- This position is based in CI Headquarters in Arlington VA
- Normal office environment
- Travel up to 20% may be required
- Advanced degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) in social science such as sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, human geography, or international development
- Strong quantitative, analytic, and problem-solving skills
- Experience working effectively both independently and as part of a multicultural, multidisciplinary team
- Experience in international biodiversity conservation or related field
- Excellent oral and written skills in English
- Impact evaluation experience and expertise, including quasi-experimental and/or experimental methods
- Proficiency with statistical software (e.g., R, STATA, SPSS)
- Proficiency with both qualitative and quantitative approaches to social science
- Experience developing and delivering trainings, preferably in multicultural contexts
- Ability to travel internationally
- Experience in developing countries
- Ability to communicate in Spanish and/or Portuguese