The Effective Institutions Project is a global working group that seeks out and incubates high-impact strategies to improve institutional decision-making around the world. We analyze how and in what ways institutions’ decisions influence people’s lives, study how key institutions currently make decisions, identify interventions that might cause those institutions to take actions that will lead to better global outcomes, and mobilize funding and talent to execute on the most promising interventions. Our latest publication is a preliminary analysis of which institutions offer the biggest opportunities for philanthropists and professionals seeking to improve world outcomes over the next 10-100 years.

With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Survival and Flourishing Fund, we are putting together a panel of institutional scholars with a diverse set of backgrounds to guide our work in the year ahead. We are looking for people who have a broad and practical understanding of the global institutional landscape (governments, corporations, NGOs, etc.) and how these entities’ actions influence one another. Example profiles could include experience as an academic studying international relations or a related field, an economist or financial analyst covering multiple industries and geographies, a globally-focused policy analyst in a government or multilateral institution, a generalist strategy consultant, a journalist, a professional forecaster, etc. A baseline level of comfort with quantitative reasoning is required.


Responsibilities include:
  • Review profiles we develop on institutions in your domain of expertise, and connect us to other experts who can advise us further as needed
  • Monitor important developments at top institutions
  • Help us develop quantitative estimates (with wide error bounds) for questions like how many people are impacted by a given institution’s decisions in a typical year

The time commitment is expected to be roughly 20-25 hours spread out over 4-6 months, and an honorarium will be provided. If interested, please reach out to with your CV. We also welcome nominations of other candidates.