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
1. NEW! ASAP: Ghana Manager, Right-fit Evidence Unit-IPA Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified manager to provide overall technical leadership for IPA’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) advisory and technical support to partners in Ghana, with a particular emphasis on the education sector, especially the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service.IPA’s Right-Fit Evidence Unit helps organizations build strong and tailored Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) systems, which balance the need for information on impact with operational data to support management decisions. The unit helps implementers, donors, and governments figure out what data and evidence to gather, how to do it in a cost-effective way, and ultimately how to turn the promise of data-informed program and policy decisions into reality. IPA Ghana has been engaging with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) for over 10 years and has led multiple policy-relevant education research projects in close collaboration with them. In recent years, based on those strong relationships and IPA Ghana’s reputation in the education sector, various units within the ministry have reached out regularly to IPA for MEL-related support of various kinds, beyond impact evaluations. As a result, IPA has decided to strengthen its ability to be responsive and offer more comprehensive MEL support to the education sector, while putting a strong focus on long-term empowerment and capacity strengthening. This position will take the lead on these activities, working closely with IPA Ghana’s Education Policy team, and with dual reporting to the director of the Right Fit Evidence Unit at the global level and to IPA Ghana’s country director. The successful candidate will also be the Right-Fit Evidence Unit focal person within Ghana, and as such will develop and lead other engagements.
For more information on responsibilities and requirements, click here. 2. NEW! Rolling Basis: Engagement Director at Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, Nairobi Engagement Directors are the primary leaders in the projects division at Busara, responsible for leading the planning, strategy, and trajectory of Busara engagements. Engagement Directors have two primary responsibilities at Busara -- structuring and supervising an active portfolio of projects, and developing partnerships to design and develop new engagements for their portfolio.
Engagement Directors are the primary portfolio managers for all external Busara projects, supervising a set of engagements each staffed with different project management teams. Engagement Directors are expected to be able to quickly gain an expert understanding of a particular problem or research question and use all tools at their disposal, both within and outside Busara, to design, structure, and supervise an engagement to the highest possible degree. Engagement Directors are expected to have strong management skills and be comfortable driving all aspects of potential Busara engagements. Engagement Directors will manage projects that apply rigorous research methods to identify novel, evidence-based solutions to challenging client needs. Engagement Directors will primarily supervise a team of talented associates to deliver research insights in a compelling way that lead to action.
Lastly, Engagement Directors play a crucial role in the organization as members of the senior management team. They will be both critical to developing and overseeing implementation of organizational strategy, defining expansion and growth priorities and playing a key role in internal processes such as hiring, recruiting, and coaching.
For information on qualifications and responsibilities, click here.
3. NEW! Rolling Basis: Busara Research Specialist at Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, Nairobi The Busara Center is growing once again. We are taking applications for new associates. This year we've signed new projects in Egypt and Pakistan, started a Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria and grown our Ugandan office. We've examined poverty through the prism of aspirations, stress levels and cash transfers. We are now operating in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria, as well as Kenya. That's all in pursuit of our twin missions of advancing behavioral science and alleviating poverty.
A bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields. Other fields will be considered.
1-3 years previous work experience in a related field
Strong knowledge of experimental social science literature (economics, political science, psychology)
Experience designing lab and field experiments
Strong quantitative skills, particularly econometrics and statistics
Excellent data analysis skills using Stata and/or R
Excellent management and organizational skills
Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
Interest and experience working in a fast-paced working environment
Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player
A Master's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
Experience managing and mentoring staff
Familiarity with and interest in behavioral economics or science
Familiarity in the contexts which we work in
For additional information and to apply, click here.
4. NEW! August 25, 2018: Research Associate at Young 1ove Young 1ove is a dynamic and unique organization whose main mandate is scaling youth-based programs that have been proven to work. The organization is a youth- oriented organization which focuses on youth by youth implementation/dissemination of life-saving information. The Research Associate (RA) will play a role in ensuring that the organization evolves existing programs and develops new programs while maintaining the highest commitment to evidence. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience and to have a significant responsibility in a vibrant organization undertaking cutting-edge research. In collaboration with the Research team, the Research Associate will support the ongoing project design, as well as the implementation of the project (s) for which they are hired. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring activities are implemented with fidelity to the research design, assisting in the planning and coordination of all project activities as well as analyzing project data using assigned statistical packages (e.g. Stata).
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
• Support in coordinating and executing the implementation of all Young 1ove research projects with fidelity to the research design • Assist with the design of program methodology, study instruments (e.g. surveys, discussion guides), field protocols and standard operating procedures • Clean, manage, and analyze data in Stata or equivalent software, producing relevant insights and conclusions • Organize and maintain clean, easy-to-use databases for all field work, including survey data, monitoring data, administrative data, etc. • Support production of reports and communication of data for academic and non-academic audiences • Conduct literature reviews/background research on potential programs for Young 1ove • Support with integrating electronic data collection into the department’s M&E systems, including programming digital surveys, training facilitators, and managing data collection • Collaborate across multiple departments and contribute to the growth of a cutting-edge rigorous M&E unit that fuses research and practice • Any other research-relates task as needed
5. NEW! August 30, 2018: 3rd Eldoret International Conference on Gender For Sustainable Development in Africa A recent report on gender gap worldwide in 2016 indicted that more than a decade of data has revealed that there is still too slow progress for realizing the gender equality – That is one-half of humanity within our lifetimes is still not considered. Therefore, this conference is both timely and imperative as utilizing the full potential of all humanity by giving all equal opportunity as this will be key to fast-tracking sustainable development in Africa and Globally.. Prior research as supported by theory and empirical evidence indicates that the lack of progress on gender equality may be at the heart of the failure to advance on sustainability. Other studies have also confirmed that should women were in more productive and decision-making roles, the world could move faster and more assuredly towards sustainability in the economic, social and environmental spheres. Owing to this hard truth, this conference provides an opportunity for scholars, researchers, educationists, women leaders, Managers, Industrialists, NGOs and policy makers to converge and present both empirical and theoretical papers, case studies and share experiences that will enhance a gender equal Africa.
Course tuition fees for two years for a Masters degree by Research and three years for a Doctoral research degree (an extension is possible for doctoral programs only),
An annual living allowance ($27,082 in 2018) for two years for a Masters degree by Research and three years for a Doctoral research degree (an extension is possible for doctoral programs only), and
For Student Visa (Subclass 500) visa holders the award provides compulsory standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Worldcare policy for the student and their spouse and dependents (if any) for the standard duration of the student visa. It does not cover the additional 6 month extended student visa period post thesis submission. If the award holder does not hold a subclass 500 visa then he/she is responsible for the cost of health insurance.
Click here for information on eligibility and how to apply.
7. NEW! August 31, 2018: The Rhodes Scholarship for East Africa The Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903), and perhaps the most prestigious, international scholarship programme in the world. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers more than 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the UK - one of the world’s leading universities. Selection Committees for the Scholarships are looking for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.
East Africa covers Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi. There is one Rhodes Scholarship for East Africa each year. The Scholarship for East Africa was announced in 2018 and the first Scholar will arrive in October 2019. Kenyan citizens are not eligible for the Scholarship for East Africa but should apply instead for the Scholarship for Kenya.
Click here for information on eligibility and the application procedure.
8. NEW! August 31, 2018: The Rhodes Scholarship for Kenya The Rhodes Scholarship programme is the oldest (established 1903), and perhaps the most prestigious, international scholarship programme in the world. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers more than 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the UK - one of the world’s leading universities. Selection Committees for the Scholarships are looking for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.
Each year, there are two Scholarships available for Kenya.
Click here for information on eligibility and the application procedure.
9. NEW! September 9, 2018: Acumen East Africa Fellows Program Every year, our Fellows Program in East Africa brings together 20 extraordinary individuals from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, and South Sudan, and equips them with the knowledge, support system and practical wisdom to drive positive change in society. Over the course of a year, Fellows remain in their jobs while taking part in five week-long seminars, where they receive the tools, training and space to innovate new ideas, accelerate their impact, build a strong network of social leaders from across their region and around the world.
Our Fellows are individuals who dare to do what’s right, not what’s easy, to create positive change in their region. Fellows can come from diverse cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds and work in any sector, and they must be committed to ending poverty in their community through their work. They are individuals who are making a long-term play at system-level impact and are seeking the leadership skills and moral imagination to make it happen. The Fellows we seek are:
Social entrepreneurs, social intrapreneurs, and organizational builders.
Social entrepreneurs: Have have launched or lead their own social change initiatives.
Social intrapreneurs: Are running a social change initiative within an existing organization.
Organizational builders: Are an integral part of building a social change organization, but do not play a founding role.
Individuals who have a demonstrated history of impact, commitment and concrete connection to the region.
Leaders with strong personal integrity, unrelenting perseverance and moral imagination.
Committed individuals ready to undergo an intensive year-long personal transformation and leadership journey followed by an induction into the larger Fellows Community.
Individuals of all ages and education levels who are able to participate in a program conducted in English.