Causal Design is an economic consulting firm conducting rigorous program evaluations and analysis for international development organizations. Our evaluations are designed to provide timely and practical information to decision makers working to end poverty and inequality.

We are looking for a social/economic researcher to join our team. While we work collaboratively on all our projects, the Researcher will be expected to work independently as they are often on site with our NGO partners (including in the field). This is a client-facing position.

The applicant should be an expert in at least one, and conversant in all of the following evaluation tools: econometric methods for Impact Evaluation, Cost Benefit Analysis, Cost Effectiveness Analysis, Growth Diagnostics, Program Evaluation, and M&E systems more generally. Evaluators whose skillsets are principally qualitative are encouraged to apply if they have experience collaborating on economic studies, impact evaluations, or are really enthusiastic about partnering with “quants” to add context and nuance to studies.

The position is expected to participate in all aspects of our business, but the primary role is to manage our existing partnership in Tuba City on the Navajo Nation around economic development. This position is based in Tuba City with regular domestic travel to nearby project areas and potential travel to Washington, DC.

Applicants with Native American descent or lineage are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants who live outside the Tuba City, Arizona area are still encouraged to apply but should be open to relocation to project areas.


This position will be expected to engage in the following types of tasks:

  • Evaluation Design
    • Collaborate with our clients to design rigorous and practical impact evaluations
    • Craft quantitative survey tools for evaluations
    • Draft econometric analysis plans, including describing and justifying the methods used to explore data
  • Research & Project Management
    • Utilize data, previous academic literature, and the client’s program documents to create narratives for evaluation reports
    • Conduct literature reviews for current or proposed projects
    • Assist with project proposals, grant applications, or concept notes for future projects
    • Train enumerators
    • Program surveys in Open Data Kit
    • Oversee projects effectively, including managing self and team, maintaining timelines and budgets, and coordinating with donors and clients
    • Manage research assistants assigned to the project
  • Data Work
    • Develop an understanding of basic business environment indicators to be used for future diagnostic analysis
    • Merge datasets, clean constructed datasets, produce summary statistics, conduct difference in means tests, and store all accompanying files in an organized manner
    • Use appropriate econometric tools to estimate program impacts
    • Make tables, charts, and graphs to help visualize analysis for reports to clients and the general public
  • Writing
    • Author impact evaluation reports
    • Contribute in internal peer review of papers written by other staff members
  • Everything Else
    • We are a small firm. Our team members are also IT support, intentional networkers, trainers, project managers, and prolific Google-ers


  • B.A. or Advanced Degree in Public Policy, Economics, Statistics, or other related areas

Preferred candidates will demonstrate most or all of the following:

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
    • Experience conducting impact evaluations;
    • Experience conducting performance evaluations;
    • Led data collection (survey design, coding, and enumerator management);
      • Managed Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews;
    • Authored applied research or policy papers where analysis is tied to practical recommendations;
    • Experience working in the field with an NGO/implementor.
      • Experience with a donor is appreciated as well. We are dedicated to supporting the doers in our sector – so if you’ve worn those shoes before it really helps add that perspective to our work.
  • Project Management – Adequate technical experience to be confident managing an evaluation from start to finish. This means translating a client’s Terms of Reference or Statement of Work into a meaningful research plan, leading the evaluation, writing in compelling, succinct, and honest language, and delivering a polished report with recommendations tied to analysis and results.
  • Contextual Considerations: Familiarity with social and/or economic issues facing Native American communities

Our Team

We are a small firm with an ambitious vision. Our team is passionate about innovating practical evaluation strategies and providing phenomenal support to our clients working to end poverty. You should be excited about being client facing. Our goal is to support implementers – not just do research. We strongly prefer researchers who have a background or experience in implementing projects, so the more you understand and empathize with the challenges of their work the better.


This is a full-time exempt position as an employee of Causal Design, Inc. Salary will be commensurate with experience. We are specifically looking for applicants with 2 or more years of directly applicable impact evaluation experience.

To apply: Email your CV to Jobs(at) with “Change Labs Researcher 2019 – LastName” in the subject line. Please do not include a cover letter. However, feel free to include any motivations for applying or other relevant information in the body of the email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; only qualified applicants will be contacted by a hiring manager.

Causal Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Causal Design does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.

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