Social Progress Imperative Job Vacancy: Senior Analyst, Subnational Programs - Washington, DC - USA

Senior Analyst, Subnational Programs

Do you want to change the world by putting people and planet at the center of how development is pursued? We do. We are the Social Progress Imperative, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that is providing actionable information to government, business, and civil society on how to make sure that development means not just economic growth but better lives for millions of people. We are seeking a Senior Analyst to become a member of our team and to help us create and interpret social progress data.

The Social Progress Imperative’s mission is to improve the quality of lives of people around the world, particularly the least well off, by advancing global social progress. Social progress is defined as the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens, establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives, and create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential. In June 2016, we will launch the third Social Progress Index, an assessment of the social and environmental performance of 160 countries designed by Professors Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School and Scott Stern of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. The Index provides a robust, holistic and innovative measurement tool to guide countries’ choices to enable greater social progress and foster research and knowledge-sharing on the policies and investments that will best achieve that goal.

You can read all about it in The New York Times, BBC, Fast Company,  The Economist, or The Guardian, watch our TED Talk, or listen to Professor Porter talk about it on CNN.

We are now building a global social progress network, working with leaders and grassroots champions to identify the policies, programs and initiatives that will improve the lives of citizens. We are increasingly working with partners to create customized social progress indices in regions, states, and cities around the world. We are a small team of eight people, centered in Washington DC but with half the team working remotely. With the generous support of our sponsors including Cisco, Compartamos Banco, Deloitte, Fundacion Avina, Rockefeller Foundation, and Skoll Foundation, we are looking for a talented, flexible, full-time Senior Analyst.

The Senior Analyst will have an opportunity to work with leading thinkers, policymakers and community leaders in countries of all regions of the world to shape public debate and policy on how countries measure their progress. The Senior Analyst is responsible for supporting the development of subnational and regional Social Progress Indices. Subnational indices have already been created or are in progress in the Amazon region of Brazil, the cities of Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, and the regions of the European Union among other countries. Upcoming projects are expected in the United States and India along with several other countries in South America, Europe, and Asia.

The Senior Analyst will provide technical support from the design stage through to the presentation of results. In some cases, only minimal guidance will be required to ensure that the index uses credible methods and meets Social Progress Index standards. In others, the Senior Analyst will be more hands-on in the calculation and interpretation of results.

This is a new position that provides an entrepreneurial candidate the pportunity to grow a rapidly expanding program. This will involve formalizing procedures aond guidelines, sharing lessons learned and best practices across programs, and conducting meta-analysis.

The position requires project management, quantitative analysis, creative thinking, writing, and public speaking. Extensive travel is expected and the work will occasionally require long hours or work over the weekend. This is an opportunity for a dynamic and ambitious individual to build a program that will influence discourse on social progress throughout the word.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Formalize the procedures and guidelines for subnational and regional Social Progress Indices
  • Prepare materials for training partners on constructing and calculating Social Progress Indices and deliver training seminars
  • Provide technical guidance to partner organization staff
  • Review intermediate deliverables and provide quality assurance to subnational indices
  • Develop and implement systems to share knowledge across regions
  • Conduct analysis on results of subnational indices and prepare case studies
  • Support the global communications efforts of subnational indices, including writing blog posts and articles
  • Participate in other tasks and projects as needed during the early years of the organization to guarantee its overall success
  • Master’s degree in International Studies, Economics, Public Policy or other relevant field
  • 3-5 years of relevant full-time experience
  • Coursework in economics and statistics and a solid understanding of statistical concepts
  • Strong familiarity with a wide range of topics in the areas of social and environmental development
  • Quantitative analysis and data management skills
  • Excellent ability to communicate complex technical material, both orally and in writing
  • Entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit, respectful of and curious about other cultures
  • Willingness to work in a startup environment in which roles, priorities, and plans are still evolving
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Willingness to travel internationally
The most competitive candidates will have the following qualifications:
  • Foreign language skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel; Experience using any of the following: Stata, Access, Tableau, D3.js, or ArcGIS
  • Experience working internationally
As a professional team, we value the following characteristics and behaviors in our work with one another:
  • We operate with integrity and pride ourselves on our rigor and our high standards of excellence
  • In our interpersonal dealings, we exhibit a balance of generosity & honesty – of speaking truth and giving feedback, and equally importantly, being open in our listening
  • We have a shared ethic of commitment – both to SPI’s mission and to follow-through, and are solutions-oriented in always seeking the best outcome possible
  • To develop the best tools, approaches, partners, etc., we embrace co-creation – that is, measured risk-taking, collaboration, and creativity
Salary: Competitive nonprofit salary based on experience

Location: Negotiable. Washington, DC strongly preferred but serious consideration will be given to other locations for exceptional candidates.

Anticipated start date: Negotiable

To apply, send a) a cover letter describing why you are interested in this position and how your experience meets the required qualifications, b) resume, and c) relevant writing sample(s) to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidates may be asked to go through an analytical exercise and/or multiple interviews during the hiring process.

Deadline: 04 Jun 2016

The Social Progress Imperative is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school or adult education.