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Policy Liaison

The Boston University Global Development Policy (GDP) Center seeks a Policy Liaison to support the work of its Global Economic Governance Initiative (GEGI), which works to produce policy-oriented research to align global economic governance with development and climate ambitions to deliver green and inclusive prosperity. The Center is seeking a highly motivated leader to guide short and long-term policy strategy planning in collaboration with center leadership, researchers, communications, other policy colleagues, and our partners across the global South.

The GDP Center is a policy-oriented research center working to advance financial stability, human well-being and environmental sustainability across the globe. GEGI’s work focuses on achieving financial stability, strengthening development finance and calibrating trade and investment rules for sustainable development. Its ultimate objective is a development-centered international economic order where institutions align their missions to reflect green and inclusive development; reform their governance to address global asymmetries; and increase accountable resources to secure development goals.

The Policy Liaison will play an instrumental role in connecting GEGI research to tangible policy change. The Policy Liaison will build a network of key contacts across civil society, research centers and global economic governance institutions to enhance, promote and represent GEGI’s work. The Policy Liaison will identify important policy moments and opportunities and advise the research and communications teams on engaging with audiences.


– Lead and guide short and long-term policy strategy planning in collaboration with center leadership, researchers, communications, and other policy colleagues.
– Translate technical research into policy proposals and accessible briefs, blog posts, op-eds and other written material for a wider policy and civil society audience. Identify critical decision-makers for policy objectives and work with the leadership and the Communications team to develop outreach plans and products for policy audiences.
– Coordinate networking effort among policymakers, advocates, and social movements, and cross-fertilize across national efforts. Arrange and facilitate meetings and briefings to disseminate GEGI research and policy outputs.
– Closely track relevant policy discussions and identify opportunities for engagement.
– Collaborate closely with the Research and Communications teams to devise and advance narratives on aligning global economic governance with development and climate ambitions. Identify key policy points of entry for GEGI research and integrate into short and long-term initiative-wide research and communications planning.
– Create and maintain broad mapping of relevant actors across the policy spectrum and develop approaches for engagement.
– Conduct political risk analyses as necessary.
– Support and contribute to GEGI research and commentary outputs.
– Represent GEGI in key global official and advocacy meetings related to core areas of work including international trade, development finance institutions, and just transition.
– Supervise student assistants as required.

Required Skills

– Master’s degree in international affairs, development studies, public policy or equivalent.
– Knowledge and experience working on issues of global economic governance, like trade and investment rules, development finance institutions, financial stability topics such as debt distress. – —-
– Expertise in one of these areas is desirable but must be a quick learner to rapidly acquire fluency on the key policy debates related to GEGI thematic areas.
– Exceptional ability to build relationships, forge connections and work with a broad range of actors around the globe.
– Ability to write quickly and effectively on a range of global economic governance topics
– Demonstrated experience in working with public officials, researchers and civil society members to advance policy change
– A sound understanding of climate change is an asset.
– Experience working with an international, multi-cultural team.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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