CEGA is a West Coast hub for research on global development, with a network of 120+ academic researchers extending across the University of California, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. Our faculty affiliates design and test solutions for the problems of poverty, generating actionable evidence for policy-makers in low- and middle-income countries. Through careful matchmaking, competitive grant-making, and research dissemination activities, CEGA ensures that the scientific evidence we produce improves the lives of people living in poverty.
CEGA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion – please read our values statement here.
CEGA seeks a motivated Research Associate to support the Center’s Faculty Director, Edward Miguel. The Research Associate will coordinate field research activities for rigorous evaluations of social and economic programs in Africa, with a focus on the Kenya Life Panel Survey project. S/he will also provide critical administrative support including coordinating the Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE), budgeting/contracting, events management, and outreach/communications, while contributing to Center-wide process improvements and performance management. The Research Associate will work closely with Professor Miguel, who will provide mentorship and supervision, and will collaborate with other CEGA staff as needed. While this position is based in Berkeley, there will be periodic field work assignments in Kenya.
This is a challenging opportunity for an early-career professional who is passionate about global development and social science research; has a strong desire to expand and deepen skills in research administration, project planning, and partnership development; is a successful self-learner; and is energized to contribute to the long-term success of a dynamic organization.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Research Assistance (75%)
Administrative Assistance (25%)
As a Research Associate, your primary tasks will involve communication, analysis, and specialization.
Education: You hold at least a bachelor’s degree with significant training in economics, including intermediate-level economics and econometrics. Degrees in public administration, business mathematics or a related field may also be considered. Ideally you have a demonstrated academic interest in international development and public policy and/or international experience.
Experience: You have one to three years of relevant work experience.
Skills: You have strong quantitative and Excel skills, and proficiency in statistical software such as STATA or R. You have experience working in developing countries (preferably in a research-related capacity). Ideally, you have had coursework in quantitative research methods, and knowledge of a variety of administrative operations, such as budget creation, financial forecasting, managing calendars, hiring graduate and undergraduate students. It’s preferred (but not required) that you have proficiency in Kiswahili (spoken and written), and working knowledge of limited UC policy and procedures.
Communication: You are detail-oriented and have advanced writing skills. You are precise, clear, and creative. You use discretion and maintain confidentiality when necessary.
Organization: You are a strategic thinker and service-oriented. You are well-organized and can handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time with little direct supervision. You have the ability to anticipate and solve problems, and independently investigate solutions to administrative challenges.
Cultural competencies: You are comfortable and adept at working in a diverse and multicultural work environment, with colleagues, partners and policymakers from around the world. You display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Attitude: You love learning. You are passionate about international development policy and the rigorous research that informs it. You are agile, adaptable, self-motivated, hard-working, and collaborative. You have a sense of humor with a positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty.
Salary & Benefits
Compensation is commensurate with experience. UC Berkeley offers a competitive benefits package. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/forms_pubs/misc/benefits_of_belonging.pdf
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