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Call for Application: Project Research Specialists



The Center for New Structural Economics (CNSE) invites applications from highly qualified professionals and graduates for the roles of Project Research Specialist (PRS) and Research Assistant Analyst (RAA) on the international team. The international team works on applying the Growth Identification and Facilitation Framework (GIFF) to developing countries and producing cutting edge research in development economics. We are looking for top-tier candidates with a sense of curiosity and a passion for a long term career in international development.

This demanding and high profile role involves working with governments and international organizations in China and abroad. The ideal PRS candidate equally comfortable with rigorous academic work, project planning under uncertain conditions, and stakeholder engagement.

Project Research Specialist Minimum Requirements:
? Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
? Two years’ professional work experience in a relevant field
? Demonstrated ability to conduct policy analysis, write think tank reports, and maintain databases within the framework of NSE
? Demonstrated technical or relationship management experience
? Ability to travel internationally on short notice
? Professional and academic fluency in English

Highly Preferred:
? Publications in English or French including papers and policy briefs
? Field research and interview experience
? Fluency in French or Cantonese
? Master’s degree focus in manufacturing and industry such as: Manufacturing Management; Industrial Systems; Manufacturing Operations; Systems Engineering; Operations Management
? Master’s degree focus in supply chains and international distribution such as: Supply Chain Management; Logistics; International Purchasing; Import/Export; Applied International Trade

Recent Graduate Track:
New graduates who meet the above qualifications, but lack the requisite work experience, may be hired as Research Assistant Analysts (RAA). An RAA candidate may be promoted to the role of PRS if they consistently demonstrate the skills and competencies demanded of a PRS. The RAA role can be a fast track to an exciting international career for high caliber graduates.

Key Facts about the Role of PRS and the International Team:
? The working language on the team is English
? Work is varied and includes both qualitative and quantitative analyses. Although development economics is the core discipline, the work of the international team is highly multi-disciplinary and touches on international development, politics, and management to name a few.
? PRS candidates are expected to have or develop a specialism relevant to the work of international team and at as an expert to internal and external partners on questions relating to this discipline
? PRS staff have project management, working level partner engagement and research responsibilities
? The international team creates policy proposals and analysis that contribute to real decisions by political leaders in developing countries
? The international team partners with development organizations and global partners such as the UNDP, World Bank, and the IFPRI
? Work is fast paced and intense, requiring a high degree of commitment and flexibility to respond to the demands of the job and rapidly evolving priorities.

International Team Culture:
The international team strives to create a bold and intellectually adventurous environment. Individual contributions and independent thinking are valued and entrepreneurship is strongly encouraged. The unofficial motto of the CNSE is ‘learning by doing’ – and the emphasis is solidly on the side of action and execution. Rather than clinging to perfectionistic fear of failure, the team strives to inculcate a spirit of experimentation and iteration. The CNSE has 5 P’s and that guide our work and form the foundation of our shared culture.

Passion: Have a great passion for advancing frontier research on structural change and promoting economic transformation in developing countries;

Professionalism: Act proactively and entrepreneurially; complete tasks on time and with high-quality

Partnership: Work together with teammates to create synergies within the team; Collaborate with external partners to amplify our impacts

People: Put people at the center of our mission, helping people in need both in China and abroad

Publication: Publish high-quality project reports, policy briefings, flagship think tank report, and academic papers to establish the reputation of CNSE in both academia and policy practice

Application Procedure:
Submit the following in English to (The title of the email should follow the format of ‘[PRS] Name_ Expertise_The Earliest Availability Date (e.g., August 24, 2016)
? One-page statement of interest
? Resume
? Writing Sample
? Academic Transcripts (Chinese is ok)
? Letter of recommendation (optional)

Application Deadline: September 10, 2016
*The application is running on a rolling basis, so early applications are strongly recommended.

Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University
18 August 2016