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Call for Application: Job Opportunities at Department of International Development Cooperation


The Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) invites applications from highly qualified professionals and graduates for the role of Research Specialist (RS) in the Department of International Development Cooperation. 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 exceptional candidates with a sense of curiosity and a passion for international development.



Research Specialist Requirements:



Advanced degree in economics, political science, international political economy, development studies or a related field.


Knowledge of economic research methodologies and developmental economics.


Capability to carry out rigorous research, demonstrate independent critical thinking, and produce reports or papers up to academic standards.


Capability to independently manage projects.


At least 2 years of relevant full-time experience.


Excellent speaking, reading, and writing in English.


Fluency and ability to research in the following languages is a significant advantage: French, Chinese, Russian, Uzbek, and Amharic.


Field research experience is strongly preferred.


Data Management skills are preferred.


Academic focus or work experience related to Special Economic Zones is an advantage.



Application Procedure:


Submit the following in English to nseadmin@nsd.pku.edu.cn (The title of the email should follow the format of ‘[The Name of the Post, e.g., RS]_Name_Major_The Earliest Availability Date (e.g., October 15, 2019)’


  • Cover letter (1-2 Pages)

  • Resume (1-2 Pages)

  • Writing Sample in English

  • Diploma(s) and/or professional certificate(s)

  • Transcripts (optional)


Application Deadline:  


November 30, 2019


We are currently running the recruitment on a rolling basis and encourage interested applicants to submit an application as soon as possible.





Key Facts about the Department of International Development Cooperation:


  • The working language on the team is English and/or Chinese. Candidates must have academic and professional fluency in written and spoken English;


  • The international team uses Standard English editorial methods for all think tank documents and reports, which candidates should be familiar with.


  • The think tank deals with high-level international economic policy.  Candidates should have a basic working knowledge of economics in order to fulfill editing duties for the team.


  • The international team values independent work, and candidates should be able to independently manage projects and achieve high-level output.



Department of International Development Cooperation Culture:


The international team strives to create a bold and intellectually adventurous environment where independent thinking is strongly encouraged. In order to create this environment, the international team expects all team members to exhibit the following:


Passion: Have a passion for cutting-edge research in developmental economics.


Professionalism: Act proactively, manage time efficiently, and produce high-quality work.


Partnership: Work with colleagues to create a collaborative environment within the team. 


People: Make helping people in China and abroad a priority during all think tank projects.


Publication: Publish high-quality project reports, policy briefings, flagship think tank reports, and academic papers to establish the reputation of INSE as a leading research group in China.