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
2. NEW! Rolling basis: PAD hiring multiple positions in East Africa Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) is hiring. Applicants with previous J-PAL/IPA would be well suited for these roles. PAD is a non-profit aimed towards supporting smallholder farmers through customized agricultural information services and is currently developing a new model for agricultural extension that delivers personalized agricultural advice to farmers through their mobile phones. PAD aims to improve the lives of 100 million farmers in developing countries with its services.
3. NEW!October 1, 2018: Brookings Institute Echidna Global Scholars Program The Echidna Global Scholars Program is a visiting fellowship hosted by the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution. The program aims to build the research, analytical, and leadership skills of NGO leaders and academics who have substantial experience with and ties to developing countries, whose work has a specific focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for girls in the developing world. Echidna Global Scholars spend four to six months at Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. The structure of the program is divided into two main components to assist the scholars in having impact when returning to their home countries: research on global education issues, and leadership training. The research component of the program will include a data-collection phase at home and a writing and analysis phase during a residency at Brookings. It aims to equip global girls’ education leaders with the skills and support necessary to create a written policy research product to affect change for girls in their home countries. The leadership component of this program is built on the understanding that emotionally intelligent leadership is a core competency in girls’ education leadership and is thus integrated throughout the scholars’ residency at Brookings. Scholars will be exposed to new frameworks of leadership and be required to continually think reflexively on their own leadership style and philosophy. Upon completion of their fellowship, CUE supports the scholars in implementing an action plan that applies their new skills and expertise in the developing country where they have demonstrated substantial ties. This position would be ideal for a candidate with 10-15 years of professional experience in a related field.
Once selected by CUE to participate in the program, Echidna Global Scholars will be expected to dedicate time to collecting data for their research in their home country, in preparation for their period of residency at Brookings in Washington DC. During their residency from early June 2019 to mid-October 2019 at the Brookings Institution, Echidna Global Scholars will work with the center staff on developing their specific research project and a strategy for policy impact. They will also participate in professional development training and networking opportunities. Echidna Global Scholars will draw on the resources of other Brookings’ scholars, as well as the extended public policy community in Washington, D.C. by participating in additional meetings and conferences, and networking with the broader development community. The program expects the Echidna Global Scholars to have the ability to interact with other Brookings scholars and the wider policy community, to conduct professional, in-depth research, and deliver spoken presentations in English. and work on an extensive, cutting-edge written research product during their residency, as well as a post-residency project proposal with the intent to implement their research in their home country upon completion of the program.
Education/Experience Requirements: The program selects professionals with substantial experience in and ties to developing countries, a demonstrated intent to return to a developing country after completing the period of residency at Brookings, and a passion and demonstrated commitment to girls’ education. Applicants should have a background in education, development, economics, or a related area, with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in either research/academia; non-government and civil society; government; or business. Master’s degree required; Ph.D. or research background strongly preferred.
Knowledge/Skills Requirements: Strong analytical and writing skills. Successful applicants will have an intimate understanding of education development issues and gender.
Additional Information: Applicants who have not worked explicitly on girls’ education previously are welcome to apply, but should include an explanation of how this focus on girls’ education can be integrated successfully into their current and future work. Echidna Global Scholars’ research topics must be focused on education priorities for girls, as they are relevant in their specific contexts. This can include “second generation” priorities, like: 1) ensuring that girls can attend and complete primary and secondary school; 2) making schools safer and more secure; 3) improving the quality of learning for girls; 4) supporting girls’ transition to higher education and employment; and 5) cultivating local country leaders to champion this work at the grassroots level. Topics on the intergenerational effects of girls’ education, innovations in early childhood that are relevant for girls’ education, girls’ education in conflict settings, or quality education for indigenous and/or minority girls. Echidna Global Scholars are also encouraged to include areas of research focused on girls’ skills development. Other girls’ education issues lacking evidence are also welcome.
See here for more information, including the application process. 4. Reminder: October 3-5, 2018: CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture, Nairobi, Kenya The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture is where information becomes power: power to predict, prescribe, and produce more food, more sustainably. It aims to democratize decades of agricultural data empowering analysts, statisticians, programmers and more to mine information for trends and quirks, and develop rapid, accurate and compelling recommendations for farmers, researchers and policymakers.
This year’s Convention will take place at the campus of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and will be co-hosted by ICRAF and the International Livestock Research Institute. It is a great opportunity to highlight data-driven approaches to multi-scale food systems analysis, landscapes, ecosystem services, and the special role of animal science in building resilient food systems worldwide.
Three days of focused, action-based discussion to find commonalities across research institutes, governments, and private organizations set the stage for a productive and data-driven year ahead. We look forward to you joining us for a lively week on this year’s theme: “Decoding the Data Ecosystem.” We’ll dive into ways the data ecosystem for food security can integrate with real ecosystems worldwide, from the global to the local, across public, private, and non-profit goods.
5. NEW!October 8, 2018: National Geographic RFP: AI for Earth Our planet is at a crossroads—there is both an opportunity and a critical need to act. We must increase the global understanding of our planet and create a community of change, driven by data and cutting-edge technology, to adequately address the many pressing scientific questions and environmental challenges we face. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can help transform conservation work by collecting and analyzing more precise data, producing faster and more meaningful insights, and accelerating promising solutions.
The National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft’s AI for Earth program are partnering to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet. The $1 million AI for Earth Innovation Grant will provide grants to 5-15 novel projects that improve the way we monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems for a more sustainable future. The grants will support the creation and deployment of open source trained models and algorithms that are available to other environmental researchers and innovators and thereby have the potential to provide exponential impact.
To qualify, applications should outline a proposal to use AI for conservation in at least one of the following core areas:
Biodiversity conservation: Species are going extinct at alarming rates, and our planet’s last wild places need protection. AI can help in areas like:
Protected area management and restoration
Invasive species and disease control
Realizing natural capital (including valuing natural capital, species identification)
Climate change: Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, higher global temperatures, and increased ocean acidity threaten human health, infrastructure, and the natural systems we rely on for life itself. AI can help in areas like:
Extreme weather and climate modeling
Sustainable land-use change
Ecosystem services (including carbon sequestration and afforestation/reforestation)
Agriculture: To feed the world’s rapidly growing population, farmers must produce more food on less arable land, and with lower environmental impact. AI can help in areas like:
Land-use planning and management
Natural resource conservation
Sustainable supply chains
Water: In the next two decades, demand for fresh water—for human consumption, agriculture, and hygiene—is predicted to dramatically outpace supply. AI can help in areas like:
6. NEW!October 15, 2018: CEGA-2018 Fall Development Challenge The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) is accepting articles focused on improving research transparency, reproducibility, and meta-science through its BITSS Preprints service; enrolling participants in the Transparent and Open Social Science Research to explore the drivers of the social science’s credibility crisis and learn tools to make their work more open and reproducible; and encouraging submissions to the Journal of Development Economics’ Pre-Results Review.
7. NEW! October 20, 2018: Research Associate at CEGA, KLPS and Cash Transfers Project CEGA seeks a motivated Research Associate (UC Berkeley Classification: Project Policy Analyst II) 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 and a project evaluating cash transfers. 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; and is energized to contribute to the long-term success of a dynamic organization.
How to Apply
Online application is required. Please visit http://jobs.berkeley.edu and search for Job ID# 25756.Please submit a brief cover letter and resume as a single PDF attachment when applying. The cover letter should be no more than one page, and include (1) your specific interest in working with CEGA, (2) your main qualifications for the responsibilities listed above, and (3) how you will contribute to diversity on the UC Berkeley campus and within CEGA, including through life experiences and activities you have been involved in. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please note this position is not eligible for US visa sponsorship, though foreign nationals with permission to work in the US are encouraged to apply.
8. NEW!October 22-26, 2018: Annual Conference on the Status of African Women The University of Nairobi will hold a research week from 22nd to 26th October, 2018 to show case the wide innovation and research activities of the University as well as to bring together global researchers through a series of international conferences. In this regard the African Women Studies Centre (AWSC) of the University of Nairobi will hold a conference from October 23rd -25th with the theme: “African Women’s Journey Towards Gender Equality and Social Cultural Transformation.”
The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars involved in research on areas such as: gender issues policy and practice; social and economic and empowerment; governance and leadership; as well as documenting and preserving African women’s knowledge and experiences. This conference will provide an opportunity for networking among scholars from various backgrounds and enable participants to share practical solutions for achieving gender equality both at local, national and regional levels.
9. NEW!November 2, 2018: MOOC on HIV Science Since the start of the epidemic HIV has infected over 75 million people and provoked more than 35 million deaths. Today, although HIV replication can be controlled by antiretroviral treatment, HIV infection remains an outstanding global health issue, with 36.7 million infected people and 1 million HIV-related deaths in 2016, according to WHO. Half of the infected population does not have access to antiretroviral treatment and 2 million new infections are registered every year. In addition there is currently no cure for HIV and antiretroviral treatment needs to be maintained for life. In this MOOC we will review different aspects of HIV infection: from its biological origin and its identification as the causative agent of AIDS to the perspectives of eradication. We will summarize the status of the HIV epidemic in the world from the perspective of the virus (molecular diversity) and the host (populations). We will focus a large part of the course on the latest discoveries on the complex interactions between the virus and the host cell, the immune mechanisms that are set in motion to tackle the virus and how HIV is able to evade them. We will describe exceptional individuals who have developed efficient mechanisms to control the infection and animal models of spontaneous protection. Finally, we will address research issues with regard to clinical management of HIV infection and future perspectives on treatment and prevention. Altogether, this MOOC will provide a transversal insight into HIV research with the perspective of both scientists and clinicians. Format This MOOC is organized in 6 chapters: 1. Origin, Epidemiology and Natural history of HIV infection. 2. Mechanisms of HIV replication and dissemination. The establishment of viral reservoirs. 3. HIV and the immune system. 4. Physiopathology of HIV infection. 5. Clinical management. 6. Perspectives and future challenges. Each module is composed of 5 sessions. In each session, you will find a 8-10-minute video and a multiple choice test to help you check your understanding. The videos are in English subtitled in French and in English. Targeted Audience This MOOC is aimed at anybody who wishes to learn more about HIV science and on-going research. It is of particular interest for students working in the field of HIV or biomedical sciences, healthcare professionals, researchers, and NGO members