ABOUT THIS ROLE
By joining Charity Entrepreneurship as a Research Analyst (RA), you will contribute to the number and type of charities we recommend and launch through identifying, analyzing, and comparing charity opportunities.
The CE approach is designed to minimize the distance between research and impact – all research we conduct is rapidly implemented through our annual Incubation Program. This means your work will have a clear and lasting impact. It has been estimated that each new effective charity is worth $200,000-$400,000
in expected value per year.
Previous CE research has led to the founding of three global health & development charities, four global health policy organizations, five animal advocacy charities, two mental health charities, one family planning nonprofit, and two Effective Altruism meta organizations. These include Fortify Health
, Charity Science Health
(both awarded GiveWell Incubation Grants), and Animal Advocacy Careers
(supported by Open Philanthropy, EA Animal Welfare Fund, and ACE). GiveWell report
s that their estimate “currently assigns an overall likelihood of 25% to Fortify Health becoming a top charity.”
Since launching, these charities have already:
- Fundraised over $5.5 million,
- Changed farm conditions for ~420K fish and ~1.2M shrimp,
- Led to policy changes that may decrease lead poisoning in ~322,000 children in Malawi (averting 87,000 DALY-equivalents, or saving 2,900 lives),
- Reached 5 million listeners with family planning content in Nigeria, on track to potentially averting approximately 600 maternal deaths by 2025,
- Launched a digital program to prevent postnatal depression in the U.S. that has proven to decrease depressive symptoms in 62% of participants,
- Sent SMS reminders about vaccinations to 350,000 caregivers in India,
CE’s research rotates through cause areas. This RA role will involve research both into cause areas where CE has already created effective charities, in particular global health & development, and more speculative cause areas that could potentially include topics such as: biosecurity, governance reform, and meta-science.
The RA will have various cross-cutting responsibilities and will be expected to gain many new skills on the job. If you are interested in the position but do not have skills in some of the listed areas, please apply nonetheless: we will cater our training to your individual needs and are happy to facilitate the growth of a researcher who has strong potential.
- Generating and analyzing charity ideas
- Building cost-effectiveness models
- Assessing strength of evidence for a given charity idea
- Conducting interviews with experts
- Managing a team of research interns/volunteers
- Publishing reports on our website and EA Forum
- Contributing to the decision about which charities to launch through CE’s annual incubation program.
This job will involve (rapid learning and) application of direct technical skills, e.g., conducting literature reviews and meta-analyses, and creatively applying empirical data, e.g., using historical surveys to derive expected value.
Day-to-day conversations will include talking about crucial considerations, application of self-improvement techniques, and how to deal with epistemic uncertainty.
What we offer
- A job that has a huge impact on the world
- A supportive and welcoming work environment
- The chance to shape the direction, goals, and achievements of the organization
- Flexible working schedule and 30 paid days off per year
- Experience working at an early-stage nonprofit start-up
- A community of talented, dedicated, and like-minded EAs
- A heavy focus on training in important skills
- High levels of intellectual challenges
- For the right employee, more perks and benefits could be included
- Salary and moving costs are flexible depending on employee needs and fall between 25-50k USD.
This job will provide strong learning value for people looking to enter a long-term career in the EA movement, research, or charity entrepreneurship.
CE is a welcoming and scientific working environment. We believe that friendliness, a focus on evidence base, critical thinking and kindness are key workplace values. We offer a lot of team socials, both in-person (in London) and online, and have a connected community.
CE has a start-up culture. This means creativity, casual attire, hard work, flexibility, and task diversity. You will be expected to have a strong work ethic, but we offer a flexible working schedule. 10% of your time can be devoted to personal development and learning, including fairly extensive internal and external training.
Many excellent candidates will meet several (but not all) of the criteria below. We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the listed characteristics. In the past, we have offered positions to applicants who did not meet all the criteria and trained them up in the needed skills.
What we are looking for:
- Able to work both autonomously and in a small team
- Able to deliver decision-relevant research reports on a limited timeline
- Experience with empirical and theoretical research methods
- Good reasoning ability
- Passionate about quickly learning new skills
- Strong written communication skills and a high degree of reasoning transparency
- Highly impact-driven and knowledgeable about effective altruism
- Highly intelligent and conscientious
- Able to and interested in working across a wide range of cause areas
- Kind and excited about the job
Bonus points for:
- Strong work ethic
- Experience working in effective altruism (volunteering, independent projects, internships, and jobs all count)
- Research experience and ability to interpret and critically evaluate studies and statistical analysis
- Familiarity with Bayesian reasoning
- Experience creating and evaluating cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs)
- Experience in researching policy
We aim to make our application process time effective and beneficial to the applicant in thinking through career options. We are able to give feedback to candidates who get relatively far in the process.
- The application deadline is February 15, 2022
- Expected hours: Full-time
- Location: London or remote
- Fill out this form to apply
- The top candidates will be contacted for the first-stage interview
The application process will involve 4 stages: submitting application form, initial interview, test task, final interview, and sometimes a reference check. We hope to have the application process completed by mid March. Ideally, the candidate will begin onboarding as soon afterwards as possible.
Commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunities
We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from women and people of color who are excited about contributing to our mission. Charity Entrepreneurship is an equal opportunity employer. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or have any other related questions about applying, please contact email@example.com