Job Opportunity: Gender Research Intern (Paid Position)

Data-Pop Alliance is looking for a Gender Research Intern. We are an international non-profit “think-and-do-tank” created in 2013 by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the MIT Media Lab and ODI. We bring together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to “Change the world with data” through three pillars of work: diagnosing local realities and human problems with data and AI; mobilizing capacities, communities, and ideas towards more data literate societies, and transforming the systems and processes that underpin our societies and countries. 

DPA has partnered with organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, UN-ESCWA, GIZ (German development agency), the Vodafone Institute, Oxfam Mexico and other key international stakeholders to develop projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the MENA region and Asia. We have also deployed over 25 workshops in 10 different countries. To learn more about DPA, please visit our website or read our “Overview and Outlook 2021-2023” report here.

Dates: 3 months, full-time, with possibility of extension and growth within the organization.  

Location: Remote, preferably located within Latin America and the Caribbean or the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 

Scope of Work

Reporting to the Program Lead and Project Managers in the “Data Feminism” program, and working closely with the Communications Manager, the Gender Research Intern will have the opportunity to collaborate in multiple projects with international partner organizations and produce research in the fields of gender equality, gender-based violence, Data4Development, Covid-19, and other human rights topics, as well as generate content for our website. Among others, primary activities for the Gender Research Intern include:

      Research in Gender (65%)

  • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews and background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations on a variety of topics, including Gender Equality, ethics, gender-based violence, and broadly, on Data4Development topics related to gender.
  • Support the evaluation, analysis and review of policies, national and international institutional and legal frameworks, including human rights frameworks and strategies from a gender perspective, and identify good practices and shortcomings. Support the assessment of the status of ratification of international treaties related to gender equality and their incorporation to the domestic law and to what extent gender has been mainstreamed in national policies and plans. 
  • Contribute, edit, revise and suggest revisions for ongoing research and project documentation.
  • Participate in brainstorming and development of research proposals for the “Data Feminism” Program.

      Support data collection (30%) 

  • Identify, gather, examine and analyze existing gender disaggregated data and other databases related to gender equality in Latin America, Africa, MENA, and other regions.
  • Support the Project Manager and Officers and collaborate with Government Officials in gathering and analyzing relevant data with the support of the Data Science team.

      Content Creation (5%)

  • Propose and write content for the blog (i.e. discussion pieces) on a periodic basis, with support of the Communications Manager and Officers.
  • Support in translating project documentation (including reports, articles, blogs) when/if necessary.

      Participate in meetings with other DPA researchers.

      Other tasks and duties as required.


    • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and remote productivity tools (Drive, Slack, Zoom, etc.). 
    • Comfortable with remote teams and processes.
      • Recent graduate (or student in last semester of university) with a degree in International Relations, Journalism, Political Science or other social science fields. 
      • Strong interest in research at the intersection of international development and data, and gender, proven by previous academic projects, volunteer work of professional experience.
      • Previous experience analyzing and reviewing policies (national and international), institutional and legal frameworks, including human rights frameworks, and strategies from a gender perspective to identify good practices and gaps.
      • Familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analysis (especially if the candidate has proven knowledge of R and/or Python and/or WordPress will be considered a plus).
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (fluency in Spanish, Portuguese and/or Arabic is a plus). 
      • Ability to work with people from different cultural backgrounds.
      • Highly proactive, analytical and organized.


500 USD per month 

Recruitment process

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a CV, a cover letter (1 page) with two academic or work references, and one writing sample (in English, maximum 2 pages) to with the subject line “Gender Research Intern” by June 24th, 2021, 6:00 pm EST.

Please note that only complete applications submitted in English will be considered. 

Equal opportunity

Data-Pop Alliance employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, physical and/or mental handicap or financial ability. While remaining alert and sensitive to the issue of fair and equitable treatment for all, Data-Pop Alliance has a special concern with the participation and advancement of members of four designated groups that have traditionally been disadvantaged in employment: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


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