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Fellow, Global Development and Innovation




February 29, 2024

About the organization


Federation of American Scientists

Organization type

Research Institution

In A Nutshell


Remote Washington DC, USA

Job Type


Experience Level


Deadline to apply

February 29, 2024

Fellowship opportunity to support FAS’ research and policy development for the advancement of evidence-based innovations at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


  • Provide subject matter expertise and work with the FAS team to assess global interventions that work (i.e.“best buys”) in global development and should be considered for scaling up in federal policy.
  • Offer ideas and contributions for how identified interventions can be advanced through policy mechanisms in the federal government with a focus on USAID.
  • Partner with FAS staff and engage global experts in developing scale-up policy plans for the identified interventions.
  • Provide reviews, written, and verbal input on policy documents and strategies to support implementation of “best buys’ and global development interventions.
  • Engage with leaders in United States Government (USG) global development agencies, particularly USAID, to discuss strategies and barriers related to the implementation and scaling of innovations within the agency.
  • Offer expertise on innovation and policy mechanisms within USAID and other federal agencies to contribute directly to outputs aimed at scaling successful global development innovations.


  • 5+ years working in/on global development research, programs, evaluation, policy or related topics.
  • Demonstrated expertise and knowledge working to advance, evaluate, or research effective global development interventions (in previous professional roles, publications or other documented experience).
  • Knowledge of the inner workings of USAID (and/or other federal global agencies) including policies, processes, organizational structure and systems such as acquisitions and assistance, hiring and talent, evaluation and data systems, and other related areas.
  • Direct experience working in USAID or other federal agencies is a plus but not required.
  • Experience contributing to written publications and oral presentations.
  • Knowledge of the various policies and programs across the U.S. government related to development.
  • Familiarity with Congress’ role in U.S. development policy and foreign assistance specifically.
  • Familiar with networks across international development such as the World Bank, United Nations, and regional banks and organizations.

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