Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst, Gender Program

The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, DC seeks a (Senior) Policy Analyst to join the Gender Equality and Inclusion program. CGD’s gender team works on topics related to economic empowerment, financial inclusion, social protection, unpaid care work, and health, among other issues. We strive to have our research and analysis inform the decisions of multilateral and bilateral donor institutions, policymakers, and civil society advocates, ensuring that their decisions are evidence-based and likely to have beneficial outcomes to advance global gender equality.

Experience working on issues related to gender and international development and strong management and organization skills are desired. The ideal candidate should demonstrate strong analytical, writing and communications skills, as well as a track record and capacity for productivity and efficiency.

The successful candidate will be responsible for a range of duties:

Conduct research and policy analysis suitable for publication on CGD’s website and/or in external journals; author significant research papers, alone or in collaboration with other senior colleagues.

Write blogs, policy briefs, op-eds, notes and reports on periodic findings.

Build and maintain partnerships with gender policy institutions, think tanks, and NGOs and design dissemination strategies for research outputs.

Represent the organization at a high-level in various settings and forums.

Additional responsibilities for Senior Policy Analyst:

Have significant program management responsibilities, e.g., grant application/ management / reporting
Supervise Research Assistants or Program Coordinator

Qualifications and skills

Master’s degree in economics, international development, or a related field; and at least five years of research or policy experience gained in think tanks, NGOs or a related field. PhD may be substituted for some experience.

Outstanding attention to detail; proven ability to advance research projects with a high degree of autonomy while being accountable for the accuracy of outputs.

Experience managing multiple budgets for large international grants and leading on the preparation of financial and progress reports to grant funders.

Strong communication and writing skills in English, including the ability to communicate complex messages to a wide audience.

Training in econometrics, statistics, and/or development economics preferred.

Must be eligible to work in the U.S., OPT and OPT-STEM applicants welcomed.

Application review will begin from May 15, 2023

Interested candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, and a writing sample (preferably a piece of original research).


The organization is working hybrid with all staff required to be in the office two days per week. CGD is registered to employ staff living in DC, Maryland, Virginia. Candidates must be able to live and work in one of these locations to be considered.

In compliance with United States federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document upon hire. CGD is unable to sponsor work authorization for this position.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons and particularly encourage applications from underrecognized or historically marginalized groups. All appointments will be made on merit of skill and experience relative to the role.

Read about CGD’s benefits package here.

CGD/E is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and celebrates fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive work environment. All persons will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, parental status, veteran status, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age or sexual orientation shall have equal access to positions, limited only by their ability to do the job.


Gender and MEL Specialist

Position Description

EnCompass LLC is seeking a Gender and MEL Specialist for our Gender Equity and Inclusive Practices team (GE&IP).
Principal duties include developing technical resources to strengthen gender integration; conducting gender analyses and assessments; developing, implementing, and evaluating activities that address gender equality and inclusive development, female empowerment, male engagement, and gender/inclusion-based violence prevention and response; and designing and facilitating gender-and-inclusive-development-related training for in-country and U.S. based programs.

This individual has experience collecting and analyzing primary and secondary data, implementing USAID and other donor-funded programs, and has advanced Spanish and/or French speaking and writing skills.

This position is a USA based position, located at EnCompass LLC headquarters office in Rockville, Maryland with an option to work on a hybrid basis. The Gender & MEL Specialist will be expected to meet with clients in the Washington, DC metro area as needed.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the USA for any employer without sponsorship.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Provides technical guidance, resources, and tools on best practices and donor requirements on gender equality and inclusive development integration in program design and MEL, and serves as a Gender Equity and Inclusive Practices Team Point of Contact for long-term, in-country EnCompass staff working on multi-year MEL contracts
Develops or reviews/approves gender analysis plans for smaller/less complex project activities and supports GESI analysis plans for mid and large/complex program activities, which includes:
Developing or supporting gender and inclusive development analysis design, with detailed methodology and work plans
Developing or supporting the development of methodologies (quantitative and qualitative), tools/instruments, data collection processes (consent forms, scripts), and analysis plans
Conducting data analysis using appropriate approaches, as determined by the methodology selected
Supporting quality assurance efforts for study teams both internationally and domestically
Designing and facilitating GESI and MEL capacity building trainings and workshops using appreciative, participatory, adult learning methodologies, including developing or reviewing macro/micro agendas for virtual and in-person deliveries
Conducts data collection and field work internationally and domestically, both in-person and virtual (as needed)
Supports data collection/enumerator training and quality control throughout data collection
Provides technical expertise and support in GESI and GBV integration into sector programs
Leads design and management of small/less complex GESI contracts and projects, with oversight and mentorship from Senior Gender Specialist, Advisor, or Senior Gender Advisor
Prepares high quality reports, technical resources, and other products and deliverables on topics related to gender and inclusive development, and MEL.
Conducts work with country-based teams, and domestically, as needed
Project Management and Supervision

Serves as Project Technical Lead for small/less-complex projects, with oversight and mentorship from Senior Gender & Inclusive Development Specialist or Senior Gender & Inclusive Development Advisor
Serves as a Gender & Inclusive Development Point of Contact on USAID MEL contracts; provides technical assistance and supports quality processes
Coordinates with partners and field-based staff on design, implementation, and monitoring of project gender integration activities and strategies
Reviews project budgets, submits to Senior Gender & Inclusive Development Specialist, Advisor or Senior Gender & Inclusive Development Advisor for approval
Reviews monthly projections and budget updates with Project Coordinator
Develops internal and external project workplans and submits for approval to the Senior Gender Specialist or Senior Gender & Inclusive Development Advisor
Reviews and approves monthly internal workplan updates with Project Coordinator, and delegates tasks to staff and consultants on the project team
Reviews and submits deliverables for approval to Senior Gender & Inclusive development Specialist/Gender & Inclusive Development Advisor
Supports hiring of project staff and consultants

New Business

Contributes to technical components of proposals related to gender equality, inclusive development, economic growth, and women’s empowerment
Participates in new business generation discussions with potential partners and EnCompass staff members
Contributes to the expansion of EnCompass’ global consultant network by engaging professional fora and identifying potential consultants for proposals and task orders and contracts

Engages fully as a member of the EnCompass staff team, including participating in staff meetings and other EnCompass events
May require occasional travel
Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements

University degree in gender studies, social studies, international development, or a related field
Applicants with master’s degree, candidates must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working on gender issues and conducting gender analysis. Applicants with bachelor’s degree must have 7 years’ experience working on gender issues and conducting gender analysis.
Experience and Skills


Must have experience working with/on USAID projects
Must have conducted USAID gender analysis using qualitative methodologies
Must have at least 3 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation, or research roles specifically focused on USAID GESI topics/sector.
Must have done gender analysis using qualitatively methodologies
Must be professionally proficient in either Spanish or French
Must be professionally proficient in English


Experience conducting USAID gender analysis using quantitative methodologies
Strong experience providing technical assistance and/or conducting gender and inclusive development analysis, gender integration, and gender-based violence prevention and response to country-level projects from headquarters, particularly for USAID
Experience developing MEL technical designs and data collection tools, managing mixed methods data collection efforts, leading analysis, and preparing high quality reports
In-depth understanding of international development processes, actors, and client cultures
Active engagement with gender equality and inclusive development networks
Proven experience forming, managing, and participating in successful teams
Ability to deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective working relations with clients and colleagues
Ability to work in a collaborative work environment that utilizes appreciate inquiry, and to model strengths-based approaches for the team
Flexibility and ability to travel internationally or domestically for varying lengths of time
Skilled in word processing, database management, spreadsheets (Excel), and web-based programs
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with individuals at all levels

How to Apply

Please submit CV and cover letter, and complete the application