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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a program within the Aspen Institute. The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty. Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises more than 280 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries.
ANDE is looking for a Research Coordinator, based in our Washington, DC office. This is a full-time position.
You will be a critical part of ANDE’s activities on research and impact measurement for the Small and Growing Business sector. You will be working with a small team that handles a wide range of initiatives to identify, collect, and analyze data to create useful resources on how organizations support Small and Growing Businesses, how this support can be implemented effectively, and the impact of this support on social and economic outcomes. You have a combination of strong data analysis and communications skills, a close attention to detail, and ability to think creatively about research and impact measurement approaches. You find your zen in producing a clean data set. You are enthusiastic about synthesizing research to share with a broad audience, and are eager to expand your knowledge of the small and growing business (SGB) sector. You thrive in a fast-paced environment and are comfortable with ambiguity, and have a passion how entrepreneurship can serve as a force for good.
Responsibilities will include:
-Supporting the implementation of data systems (including data collection, aggregation, cleaning, validation, and analysis) for sector-wide data initiatives such as ANDE’s entrepreneurial ecosystem snapshots and ANDE’s annual State of the Sector Report
-Executing data analyses to identify key trends from these data initiatives
-Writing or proofreading research reports for practitioner audiences on current practices and opportunities in support for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs)
-Developing and disseminating communications materials for events to promote ANDE’s research efforts
-Reporting to funders on the progress of research activities
-Identifying areas for improvement in data collection, validation, and analysis processes through advanced data analytics techniques
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:
-Strong understanding of both primary and secondary data collection methods and processes: primarily survey design but also interviews and use of public datasets
-Experience wrangling and cleaning “messy” datasets to make them usable for extracting insights
-Demonstrated capabilities conducting data analyses and visualizations with Excel; additional experience with platforms such as Stata, R, or Python and/or other data visualization software preferred
-Excellent writing skills to clearly communicate research findings through reports, blog posts, etc.
-Very strong attention to detail (including ability to proofread and design high-quality slide decks)
-Knowledge of or interest in entrepreneur support programs, in particular in a developing world context
-Ability to deal with ambiguity and proactively identify areas for improvement in processes and deliverables
-Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively on small teams and interact productively with project stakeholders
-Sense of humor
-Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, Political Science, or Computer Science
-1-4 years of work experience demonstrating the above characteristics
The candidate will self-identify with and/or have previously thrived in an environment that aligns with ANDE’s Values. At ANDE we:
-are motivated by the urgency of the global challenges we are trying to address
-embrace diverse experiences and perspectives
-value community and collaborative action
-leverage limited resources for maximum impact
-work hard and have fun!
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.
The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.