To view available EASST funding and research opportunities and learn more about grants available through EASST, go here. To view opportunities available at the Center for Effective Global Action, go here.
Other Opportunities Available to East African Researchers
March 2017 Announcements:
- NEW! March, 2017: Sight and Life Hiring Short Term Consultants for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Project
- NEW! March, 2017: East African Research Fund Call for Proposals: Uganda Early Years Enrollment and Repetition Study
- NEW! March, 2017: East African Research Fund Call for Proposals: Shaping East African Cities to Work Better for All
- NEW! March, 2017: BRAC REU/Stockholm University Internship Uganda
- NEW! March, 2017: NYU Research Manager: Kenya
- NEW! March, 2017: Mercy Corps Now Hiring: M&E Advisor, Uganda
- NEW! March, 2017: Laterite, Rwanda Now Hiring: Senior Research Associate and Deputy Country Director
- March 20, 2017: 2017 Grants for Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency (SSMART) Request for Proposals
- NEW! March 24, 2017: WGAPE Annual Meeting 2017 Call for Papers and Applications
- March 31, 2017: Call for Applications: Fall 2017 CEGA-EASST Visiting Fellowship
- NEW! March 31, 2017: Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2)
- May 1, 2017: Now Accepting Applications: J-PAL and IPA Executive Education course on Evaluating Social Programs
- Ongoing: J-PAL and IPA are Hiring!
- Ongoing: Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) RFP for RCTS to Evaluate Social Programs Whose Delivery will be Funded by Government or Other Entities
- Ongoing: USAID Development Innovation Ventures
- Ongoing: Global Innovation Fund
- Ongoing: Center for Open Science Preregistration Challenge
- Rolling Deadline: USAID Research & Innovation Fellowship: Organic Health Response
- Ongoing: CEGA-BITSS Catalyst Program
- CEGA Accepting Submissions: Second Issue of Development Engineering
- Free Online Journal Access for Low and Middle Income Countries
1. NEW! March, 2017: Sight and Life Hiring Short Term Consultants for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Project
Sight and Life, a humanitarian nutrition think tank, is looking to hire 3 Short Term Consultants (one in each country) for its Nutrition Entrepreneurs Project in Kenya, Ethiopia and Malawi. We are looking for superstars in the business and entrepreneurship sector who are passionate about making a real impact at scale. Please assist us by circulating to your network.
Full details about consultant description and roles are in the attached mail, but if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly. This is ideally going to be a 2-3 month long project and will involve close interactions and multiple interviews with business and thought leaders in the country. This is a great fit for someone who is looking to understand the country’s business landscape.Click here to read the new edition of Sight and Life magazine and learn more about women's nutrition from leading experts!
You can find the scopes of work attached.
2. NEW! March, 2017: East African Research Fund Call for Proposals: Uganda Early Years Enrollment and Repetition Study
This research in context:
Student over-enrolment and high repetition in early primary years is a prevalent trend for many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Uganda. However, the true implications of this are often overlooked in policy decisions, but contribute to poor learning outcomes in primary education.
Having robust and context specific evidence on the scale and impact of over-enrolment and high repetition rates in early primary years would not only support DFIDs Uganda’s education sector programming, but directly impact national policy dialogue in Uganda and contribute to the global evidence base on improving learning outcomes in developing countries.
The research will:
For up to £200,000, provide robust evidence on the efficiency of early primary and pre-primary education in Uganda; and how this impacts policy and primary education sector spending at the national level and learning outcomes for all, particularly the poorest populations.
3. NEW! March, 2017: East African Research Fund Call for Proposals: Shaping East African Cities to Work Better for All
Substantial literature acknowledges the shortcomings of traditional urban development approaches that tend to focus on the physical infrastructure or single sector problems - the ‘what’. Less common are approaches which integrate to understand ‘how’ people interact with a city’s transition. For cities in Africa to work better for all, we need to understand the complex interrelationship between urban development and the deep-rooted constraints of political, economic, institutional, social and cultural interactions in cities, which remain neglected and understudied. This presents an opportunity for new, integrated and inter-disciplinary approaches to urbanisation research, in East Africa. This research call will solicit proposals that test new approaches to urbanisation research, treating each of a selection of individual cities in East Africa as an ‘integrated system.’ The objective is to deliver integrated, multi-disciplinary research that assists the understanding and influences political settlements, institutions (formal and informal) and governance in rapidly growing cities.
Focussed on the eastern Africa region, this project aims to invest in high-quality multi-disciplinary research grants that should be designed to:
· Integrate practical political, social and institutional analysis into the longer-established thematic research on urban development and identify new priorities where the evidence base is thin;
· Draw out the real experiences of how people interact with the urbanisation transition and outcomes for all, in particular the poor and vulnerable; and
· Overcome, not just describe the barriers and identify practical opportunities for early intervention (i.e. operationally-relevant).
As a general guide, up to 8 research grants worth £300,000 - £500,000 per city over 2 to 3 years maximum may be awarded for high quality collaborative projects. Proposals may address multiple cities - up to 3 cities, with no more than 2 cities selected in any one country. Proposals should to consider both primary and fast growing small to medium-sized secondary cities from any of DFID’s focus countries in East Africa: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan and South Sudan.
4. NEW! March, 2017: BRAC REU /Stockholm University Internship Uganda
Programme Description: BRAC Uganda established its Research and Evaluation Unit in 2007, soon after starting programme implementation in Uganda. The primary responsibility of this Unit is to generate knowledge on the relevance and effectiveness of BRAC’s operations. The vision for this Unit is to go beyond evaluation of BRAC programmes and make significant contributions in the national development agenda through rigorous, relevant and well-communicated knowledge.
Project Description: “The Effect of Financial Contracts on Growing Businesses’ Technology Use, Profits, and Repayment Behavior Project” is a collaborative effort of BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Unit, the Small Entreprise loan Program (SEP), Stockholm University and “L. Bocconi” University. This is a Randomized Control Trial simultaneously testing the impact of different financial (microcredit) contracts on technology use, sales, profits and loan repayment behavior of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Uganda. The PI's are Andreas Madestam (Stockholm University), Selim Gulesci (Bocconi University), Miri Stryjan (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) and Francesco Loiacono (PhD candidate, Stockholm University). Job Description: The primary role of the intern is to closely collaborate with and assist the Project Manager, Matteo Voltan, and the Field supervisor, in order to assist the program’s implementation. This will consist in: the preparation of the training sessions for the data collectors; the communication with the staff in the field (data collectors and Field supervisor), in order to assess the regularity of the data collection process; the collaboration with the SEP staff members, in order to assist them on the selection of eligible clients to participate to the study.
The intern will provide valuable assistance for ensuring proper project implementation and compliance with research standards, with the intervention at the field level, at occurrence, in all the branches in the following areas: Bugiri, Fort Portal, Iganga, Jinja, Kabwohe, Kampala North, Kampala South, Kampala East, Kampala West, Kasangati, Kasese, Luwero, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara, Mpigi, Mubende and Mukono.
See the attached TOR for more details.
5. NEW! March, 2017: NYU Research Manager: Kenya
New York University (Professors Elisabeth King, Dana Burde, Daphna Harel, and
Jennifer Hill) are conducting a 2.5-year mixed methods regression discontinuity design
(RDD) study of the effects of access (and non-access) to tertiary education on youth’s
hopes and peace and conflict attitudes and behaviors. The research will be conducted in Nairobi, Kenya via in-person as well as SMS surveys. The research will follow a select group of Form 4 students from Nairobi through their KCSE exams and first year of university or alternate activity, following those that just pass the threshold for government funding and those that just miss. In so doing, the project will offer rigorous empirical research on the relationships between achieving one's educational aspirations (or not), hope, agency, and positive or negative attitudes and behaviors. The study is primarily quantitative.
See the attached JD for more details.
6. March 20, 2017: 2017 Grants for Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency (SSMART) Request for Proposals
The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) invites researchers to submit proposals to the Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency (SSMART) grant initiative. The main objective of the SSMART grants is to support and encourage important meta-research in the social sciences, with the ultimate goal of strengthening reliability and validity of social science research findings. There is a total of $60,000 available for this call, with a $30,000 ceiling for individual grants (inclusive of indirect costs). For this round, only projects led by or partnered with Global South researchers are eligible. The deadline to submit an application is March 20, 2017. You can find the RFP attached.
7. NEW! March, 2017: Mercy Corps Now Hiring: M&E Advisor, Uganda
Mercy Corps is responding to the Title II USAID/Food for Peace (FFP) funded Development Food Aid Program (DFAP) solicitation for Karamoja, Uganda. Currently, the draft Request for Application (RFA) and Country Specific Information (CSI) has been made available by USAID/FFP, and we expect a final RFA to be released to be released in February or March 2017. The DFAP is an integrated food security program that operates in both the agricultural and health sectors with a resilience focus. The program’s ultimate goal is to improve food and nutrition security among vulnerable households. The program will focus on community level governance structures, preventing chronic malnutrition, water, sanitation & hygiene and sustainable livelihoods.The Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor is responsible for leading the overall integration of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning in Mercy Corps’ DFAP program. S/he is responsible for facilitating a participatory process in order to develop Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning strategies and frameworks tailored to this DFAP.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor shall closely work with Mercy Corps’ Program Performance and Quality Team during the first year of the program. S/he shall support the different component leads/Managers of the DFAP to develop workplans with clear targets and timeframes including defined roles and responsibilities.
8. NEW! March, 2017: Laterite, Rwanda Now Hiring: Senior Research Associate and Deputy Country Director
Laterite is hiring for two exciting leadership positions in the Rwanda office. We are actively recruiting for a Deputy Country Director and a Senior Research Associate. Our team continues to grow in Rwanda, with more than 20 full time staff and a team of 400 enumerators.
The ToRs are attached below. I think a lot of the alumni here would be a perfect fit for these positions. Please go through the job descriptions, apply, and also share within your networks!
About Laterite: At Laterite, we transform the way development research is done. Our mission is to deploy the most innovative research methods and the latest academic thinking in the social sciences to design effective responses to development issues. We provide three types of services to clients: i) comprehensive data collection and data processing solutions; ii) research services, from the design of large scale research projects through to analysis; and iii) strategic and technical advice to public and private sector clients.
Laterite currently operates in Rwanda and Ethiopia and we are in the process of expanding our network of offices. Our Rwanda office brings together more than 20 full time local and international staff, who work with a team of over 400 enumerators. In the last few years in Rwanda, we have successfully completed over 50 projects, working with internationally recognized universities, global think tanks, international NGOs, multilateral donor organizations and several Government ministries and agencies.
9. NEW! March 24, 2017: WGAPE Annual Meeting 2017 Call for Papers and Applications
I am pleased to announce that our 2017 WGAPE Annual Meeting will be held at UC Berkeley this year. This email is a notification that the calls are now open for papers/research designs as well as participation in special sessions for participants from sub-Saharan Africa (details below).
Call for papers and research designs: http://bit.ly/2llSH9a
Call for participants from institutions in sub-Saharan Africa: http://bit.ly/2kUEBKz
The submission deadline for both will be 11:59pm PT on March 24th, 2017.
Scholars who qualify as applicants from institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (see details below) are encouraged to apply for both tracks by also submitting a paper or research design.
Call for papers and research designs: http://bit.ly/2llSH9a
We will invite paper and research design submissions that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics. Experimental research with field data will be given priority. Graduate students and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. Each submission that is selected will receive a one-hour discussion slot at the meeting.
Call for participants from institutions in sub-Saharan Africa: http://bit.ly/2kUEBKz
This year, we will also invite applications through a separate call for scholars to spend a week in Berkeley. Participants will be registered and invited to attend the Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA), held at UC Berkeley on June 1-2. They will participate in special training sessions, meetings, and individual appointments with local faculty. Participants will then take part in the June 5-6 WGAPE meeting. This opportunity is limited to graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty working in political economy who have either a) currently hold a faculty or research position at an African institution, b) received or are actively pursuing a graduate degree at an African institution, or c) received an undergraduate degree from an African institution and are currently in graduate school elsewhere.
Please circulate both calls to your networks. Any questions or concerns can be sent to Corinne Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. March 31, 2017: Call for Applications: Fall 2017 CEGA-EASST Visiting Fellowship
The EASST Visiting Fellowship seeks to equip East African social scientists with the skills needed to carry out rigorous evaluations of social or economic development projects in East Africa. During a four-month fellowship in the Fall (August-December 2017) semester, researchers will be based at the University of California, Berkeley.
Selected fellows will be able to audit courses, present research, attend seminars, develop curricula and design collaborative research projects. Fellows will receive a living stipend, round-trip economy class air travel to Berkeley, CA, and the opportunity to receive seed funding to promote impact evaluation at their home institutions in East Africa. To be eligible, researchers must be residents of an East African country (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Uganda), have completed a Master's degree, and hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university, or other organization headquartered in East Africa.To learn about the selected fellows, see the EASST Building Capacity page, here.
Visit the opportunities page of the EASST website to download the RFA and supporting documents and for full details on how to apply. Please submit your application file online at: http://tinyurl.com/Submittable-EASST-2017-VF, and disseminate to any interested parties. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.
11. NEW! March 31, 2017: Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2)
When: June 7-9, 2017
Where: The Magnes, Berkeley, CA
Registration is now open for the first BITSS Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2)! Formerly known as the BITSS Summer Institute, this 3-day workshop is designed for graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty who are eager to learn more about cutting-edge mechanisms for transparent and reproducible social science research. The curriculum is taught by academic leaders in the open science movement and is designed to create space for collaborative work and hands-on skill building. Covered topics will include:
- Pre-Registration and Pre-Analysis Plans
- Data Preparation and De-Identification
- Version Control and Dynamic Documents
- Other innovative open science tools and software
Questions? Email BITSS Program Manager Kelsey Mulcahy at email@example.com or BITSS Snr. Program Associate Katie Hoeberling at firstname.lastname@example.org
12. May 1, 2017: Now Accepting Applications: J-PAL and IPA Executive Education course on Evaluating Social Programs
Applications are open for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Innovation for Poverty Action Lab's Executive Education course on Evaluating Social Programmes at the University of Cape Town.
This five-day course on evaluating social programmes will provide a thorough understanding of randomised evaluations and pragmatic step-by-step training for conducting one’s own evaluation. It will focus on the benefits and methods of randomisation, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of the experiment. While the program is centered around the why, how and when of randomised evaluations, it will also impart insights on the importance of a needs assessment, measuring outcomes effectively, quality control, and monitoring methods that are useful for all kinds of evaluations.
Who should attend?
Our executive training programme is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds: managers and researchers from international development organizations,foundations, governments and non-governmental organizations from around the world, as well as trained economists looking to retool.
For lectures,videos and course content from a past Executive Education course, please click here.
13. Ongoing: J-PAL and IPA are Hiring!
IPA and J-PAL are hiring! Attached please find a listing of currently open positions. To view all jobs (and internships), visit www.povertyactionlab.org/jobs.
IPA is hiring for the following positions in East Africa:
Country Director - Rwanda Deputy Country Director
Finance & Accounting Manager - Tanzania
Research Associate - Tax Compliance
Research Coordinator - Aspirations
Research Manager - Zambia
14. Ongoing: Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) RFP for RCTS to Evaluate Social Programs Whose Delivery will be Funded by Government or Other Entities
The LJAF Evidence-Based Policy team invites grant applications to conduct RCTs of social programs in any area of domestic policy in which: (i) LJAF will fund the RCT, and government or another entity will fund the program’s delivery; and (ii) the RCT meets other specified selection criteria, including being a sizable RCT with strong designs that evaluate programs with highly promising prior evidence or that are widely implemented, and that measure outcomes of self-evident policy importance over a sustained period of time.
For more information and to apply, go here.
15. Ongoing: USAID Development Innovation Ventures
DIV runs a year-round competition for bold development ideas and recognizes that breakthroughs can come from anywhere—a lab in a university, a local organization with deep contextual knowledge, or a passionate entrepreneur. Nearly any organization in the world is eligible to apply, and their proposals can be for any sector and any country in which USAID operates. Selection of winning applications is based on:
- Cost Effectiveness - DIV seeks applications that have the potential to deliver greater development impacts per dollar than standard practice.
- Rigorous Testing - The DIV model emphasizes testing potential solutions and rigorously evaluating impact to identify what works and what does not, and to help scale only those proven solutions.
- Pathways to Scale - Innovations are expected to eventually scale up through the public sector, the private sector, or in some cases a combination of the two. Public sector scaling plans demonstrate that grantees are likely to compel host country governments, multilateral donors or other public sector players to scale the innovation. Grantees who expect to scale through the private sector will plan to achieve commercial viability themselves, or convincingly demonstrate that other businesses will scale their innovation, or a combination of both.
Criteria for collecting/demonstrating evidence of impact and cost-effectiveness vary by stage. See DIV's "What We Look For" page for additional details.
16. Ongoing: Global Innovation Fund
GIF is open and accepting applications for funding. We take applications on a rolling basis, with no specific deadline to apply.
Over the coming months, GIF will operate as a lean startup as we build our processes, senior management team, and investment capital. We plan to make a modest number of investments during this period, and expect to operate at full capacity by fall 2015.
GIF welcomes applicants to propose innovative, cost-effective solutions that address any major development challenge in any country (or in multiple countries) in the developing world.
Anyone may apply, including teams from social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organisations, government agencies, international organisations, and researchers in any country.
Your team may involve a coalition of organisations if this is helpful to bring in the skills needed to develop, test and scale your innovation. In such cases, the lead organisation that will be responsible for managing funds from GIF should apply. For more information, go here.
17. .Ongoing: Center for Open Science Preregistration Challenge
Preregistration increases the credibility of hypothesis testing by confirming in advance what will be analyzed and reported. Through the Preregistration Challenge, hosted by the Center for Open Science, one thousand researchers will win $1,000 each for publishing results of preregistered research. Award winners will have completed a preregistration using the Open Science Framework, a free scholarly commons, and published the results in an eligible journal. For more information and to apply, go here.
18. Rolling Deadline: USAID Research & Innovation Fellowship: Organic Health Response
Working with Organic Health Response, this USAID project evaluates a nutrition intervention that uses a novel social network approach to treat whole social networks affected by maternal and child malnutrition. The approach aims to foster social support for improved food security and nutrition-promoting behaviors by galvanizing support for these goals among not only mothers, but fathers, friends, and grandparents. Social network interventions present the potential for additive or multiplicative benefits of nutritional messaging and broad involvement of one’s social network to provide support, encouragement, and intervention to promote nutritional goals. In evaluating this type of intervention, we will contribute to understanding the mechanisms at work to provide for sustainable, scalable solutions. A fellow working on this project will contribute to an exciting program that seeks to build upon existing research and create innovative, human-centered solutions. This unique opportunity combines data analysis and programmatic development. Further, a fellow will have a rich experience working at a community-based organization, interacting with local staff and promoting capacity building, and fully understanding rural life and challenges in an economically developing setting. Importantly, Organic Health Response aims to use the data analysis executed and programmatic plans made to contribute to expanded programming, which creates an opportunity to foster research that will translate directly into on-going programmatic efforts. For more information at to apply, go here.
19. Ongoing: CEGA-BITSS Catalyst Program
Executive Summary The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) now invites Catalysts to submit proposals to design and conduct educational projects, including developing and implementing new curriculum, seminars, workshops, and boot-camps, to scale-up practices on transparency and reproducibility in social science research for current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers and practitioners. There is a total of $75,000 available for this call. Projects will be assessed for quality and expected impact. BITSS is able to utilize several potential funding mechanisms for the projects: individual level Fellowships, Travel Reimbursements, and institutional-level Professional Services Agreements (PSA).
For institutional-level PSAs, BITSS strongly encourages joint application from multiple Catalysts and minimum project costs of $10,000. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 until the $75,000 is fully committed.Scope for Catalyst Projects 1 Note: This request for proposals has been sent to intended recipients who are eligible to apply for Catalyst grants. BITSS may eventually open up this request to other candidates. If you have questions regarding your eligibility to participate, please send an email to Katie Hoeberling at email@example.com. Funding will be primarily directed to education and training projects that advance the teaching, practice, or publishing of transparent, reproducible social science research. These projects will be focused on, but not limited to, the disciplines of economics, psychology, and political science. Funded projects will fall mainly in the following categories, but other types of projects will also be considered for funding.
20. CEGA Accepting Submissions: Second Issue of Development Engineering
The Journal of Development Engineering (DevEng) is now accepting submission for its second issue. The first edition could be viewed on ScienceDirect here.
An open access, interdisciplinary journal, Dev Eng serves as a bridge between engineers, economists, and other sciences involved in research on human, social, and economic development. A priority of this journal is to encourage and promote high-quality research conducted by scholars from developing countries. It incorporates a unique co-mentorship program and we strongly encourage submissions in partnership with developing country co-authors. Learn more here.
21. World Health Organization Hinari Program: Free Online Journal Access for Low and Middle Income Countries
Hinari Programme set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables low- and middle- income countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Up to 15,000 journals (in 30 different languages), up to 47,000 e-books, up to 100 other information resources are now available to health institutions in more than 100 countries, areas and territories benefiting many thousands of health workers and researchers, and in turn, contributing to improve world health.
Supporting documents can be found here.