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Open Position: Research Intern, Global Schools

Background The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was set up in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

Global Schools (GS) is an initiative within the SDG Academy at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in support of UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) for 2030 Roadmap. The program aims to transform learning environments globally and make schools the hubs of education and leadership on sustainable development, ultimately becoming vehicles for empowering and mobilizing students and young people to help implement the SDGs in their communities. Scope of Work As a Research Intern, your main responsibility will be to support the Global Schools Program in the creation of a Toolkit for Curriculum Localization based on three pilot curriculum projects carried out in Morocco, Ghana, and Turkey. The Toolkit will guide Ministries of Education and researchers in analyzing and auditing curriculum and policy documents using Transformative Education (Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship Education, 21st-century skills, etc.) competencies and learning outcomes. This Toolkit will also detail steps for garnering national policy support for integrating SDG 4.7 at all levels of K-12 education, from curriculum design to implementation.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support the Global Schools team of staff and consultants in conducting a comprehensive desk review on best practices in pedagogy and curriculum on Target 4.7 to facilitate pathways for policy change;

  • Lead the research and writing process for certain phases of the final Toolkit;

  • Review and synthesize qualitative and quantitative excel survey results from 60+ researchers that participated in the pilot projects in Ghana, Morocco, and Turkey; regularly consult experts and seek advice on the creation and curation of resources applicable to the GS research pilots;

  • Design practical tools for the final product, including surveys, checklists, and instructions to be used by researchers who are conducting curriculum needs assessments and education research;

  • Promote and launch new Global Schools research programs via SDSN partnerships and connections worldwide;

  • All other research tasks as assigned by the Program Manager.


  • MA candidate (PhD preferred) studying education, sustainable development, international development, public policy, social sciences, or a related field;

  • Strong knowledge of qualitative research, particularly case study methodology and cross-analysis. Mixed methods a plus;

  • Exceptional writing and research skills;

  • Prior experience engaging on technical research projects related to K-12 education, teacher pedagogy, and/or curriculum development;

  • Prior experience in survey design and data analysis; prior experience in M&E considered a plus;

  • Passion for the mission of Global Schools, including the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change; knowledge and background in education for sustainable development, global citizenship education and/or Target 4.7 considered a plus;

  • Proven team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a global team across various regions, cultures, and work streams;

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage several workflows simultaneously; ability to work autonomously, take initiative, and work proactively.


  • Location: NYC or Remote (remote work requires alignment with US time zones). Candidates based in NYC who plan to come into the office must show proof of vaccination per the SDSN COVID-19 policy.

  • Hours: This position is 7-10 hours per week.

  • Supervision: This position is supervised by the Program Manager of the Global Schools Program.

  • Compensation: $18 per/hour.

  • Duration of Position: This position starts on September 6th and goes until December 2nd, with the possibility of extension

  • Right to work: As this is a US-based position, SDSN is required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to secure verification of eligibility to work in the United States. Please let us know which form of work authorization you will be providing (we don't need the document until the first day of employment, but we wish to establish eligibility in advance of offering employment). Kindly refer to page 3 of Form I-9 for a list of acceptable documents, which must be current (and not expired).

Application process: Please submit a resume and cover letter to by August 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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