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Educate! is looking for somebody with qualitative research experience to design and manage the qualitative component of an evaluation examining the long-term effectiveness of a leadership and entrepreneurship program for secondary students. Extensive experience designing and conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups, leading and managing teams, monitoring data quality and data collection required. The individual will work in partnership with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), University of California (UC Berkeley) and Educate!. Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Excellent computer proficiency
3-5 years of qualitative research experience
Willingness to travel throughout Uganda for data collection for the duration of the contract
Master’s degree required
Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude
Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
Innovations for Poverty Action Zambia (IPA Zambia) with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL Africa), located in the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the University of Cape Town School of Economics, seek a Policy Associate to support the Ministry of General Education to successfully scale up an education pilot.
Background Randomized evaluations from researchers in the J-PAL network prove that programmes which tailor learning to the level of the child help solve this problem. This approach has been piloted by the Zambia Ministry of General Education and is being scaled up to around 1,800 schools over the next three years. This role will involve working with the two Zambia-based J-PAL / IPA staff to support the Ministry and its partners during the scaling process. This position will require the jobholder to work effectively with a range of stakeholders, to work independently, and to have strong problem-solving skills. The role will involve travel to Eastern Province and Southern Province, as well as other locations if the programme is scaled up elsewhere. The associate will also be required to travel to South Africa for annual meetings and potentially to India or other countries to learn about the programme.
Responsibilities Provide technical support to design Teaching at the Right Level Programme
Become an expert on the Teaching at the Right Level global evidence by reading the relevant academic papers, learning from the Pratham and J-PAL teams across the world, and participating in learning journeys. Engage in the broader discussion about how other global evidence informs policy lessons.
Work with policymakers to think about how the global evidence can be adopted in Zambia to ensure the programme remains effective as it scales.
Work with policymakers, implementing partners, and the rest of the J-PAL/IPA team to ensure that the key principles of the programme are maintained as the programme scales.
Help build capacity of Ministry to effectively deliver Teaching at the Right Level Programme
Work closely with Ministry officials and other programme partners to oversee timely collection and reporting of data, and build the capacity of the implementing teams to analyze the data accurately and take appropriate action to support schools.
Help identify gaps in implementation and work with policymakers to find sustainable ways of filling these gaps.
Build and manage relationships with Ministry officials at district level, provincial level, and headquarters, as well as with other stakeholders.
Lead the team’s support of the monitoring systems in Catch Up. This includes working with education leaders to develop systems for using data to learn which aspects of the intervention are working well and which need to be refined to ensure the intervention is effective, supports the curriculum, and is sustainable at scale.
Enhance capacity of programme partners to develop effective management and Catch Up programme support systems
Work closely with implementing partners, coaching their staff so that they in turn are able to support the monitoring and data analysis skills of Ministry staff in schools, district administrations, and provincial administrations.
Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) works to mainstream impact evaluation into World Bank-supported operations, and build government capacity for impact evaluation, statistical analysis, and evidence-based policy making. DIME is seeking a consultant with interest in coordinating and implementing a client-led program of impact evaluation of a Hawassa Industrial Park Community Impact Evaluation in Ethiopia.
The Field Coordinator (FC) will work on the research design, implementation, and analysis related to the impact evaluation, as well as support capacity development for evidence-based policy-making on the client side. The FC will be primarily responsible for logistical, technical and research support to the IE team. The FC’s work will mainly consist of planning, supervising, and managing quantitative survey data collection, as well as being responsible for ensuring that every part of the impact evaluation is carried out according to the study design and protocols. Start date is flexible but could be as soon as November 2017. The position would be for 6 months, with strong potential to be extended further. This position is based in Addis Ababa or Hawassa, Ethiopia.
Background Ethiopia is making a major investment in light manufacturing, with a focus on industrial parks. This has the potential to make Ethiopia a leader in export-oriented manufacturing in sub-Saharan Africa, yet not enough is known about the impact of industrial employment on workers and their families, or on the effects of complementary interventions that could increase the benefit of industrial jobs for workers. In the Hawassa Industrial Park Community Impact Evaluation, we will use a unique large-scale government-led industrialization project in Southern Ethiopia to study the impact of factory employment on workers and the rural communities from which they originate, and the impact of interventions to support workers on their labor market trajectory and well-being.
Tasks The consultant’s main responsibility will be to coordinate and supervise the implementation of the impact evaluation in the field, working closely with the project team. His/her main responsibilities will be to support
Support to local actors seeking to strengthen a database system on worker sourcing, training, and employment
The collection and analysis of survey data
A capacity development for the local counterpart team
The consultant will also provide day-to-day support on technical and operational tasks, including but not restricted to those listed below:
Coordinate with the government counterparts and ensure good flow of information and collaboration
Work with the project implementation team to support and monitor interventions relevant for the impact evaluation
Provide weekly updates on the impact evaluation work to the full research team
Participate actively on the procurement of all data collection work: due diligence on market options, development of te- s of reference, review of deliverables
Obtain necessary ethical and bureaucratic clearances for data collection
Design survey instruments in collaboration with research team
Pilot survey instruments
Program survey instruments for electronic data collection (typically using SurveyCTO/Open Data Kit)
Develop data collection protocols
Supervise all stages of data collection work, from enumerator training to fieldwork and survey audits
Conduct qualitative research to inform impact evaluation design and data collection
Analysis and Reporting
Participate in data cleaning and analysis; contribute to reports and policy briefs
Work with the project staff to prepare periodic progress reports, including key-stage reports jointly with the project team and the research team
As needed, organize and conduct capacity-building and training workshops to support and strengthen the project’s impact evaluation, including with data collection consultants, external partners involved in data collection, primary stakeholders and the various partner organizations involved in implementation
Summary: The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) of the World Bank’s Africa Gender Impact Evaluation Unit, which is mapped to the Africa Region Chief Economist’s Office, conducts impact evaluations of development interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa, seeking to examine the gender gap between men and women when it comes to economic growth and empowerment. With the results of the impact evaluations, the GIL aims to support the design of innovative, scalable interventions to address gender inequality in productive economic sectors across Africa. The impact objective of GIL is to increase take-up of effective policies by governments, development organizations, and the private sector in order to address the underlying causes of gender inequality in Africa, and through that promote growth.
Duties and Accountabilities:
Portfolio monitoring and internal and external reporting.
Prepare progress reports and any other documentation or materials required by the TTL, Steering Committee, or Technical Review Panel.
Liaise and interact effectively with an extensive network of contacts, at senior levels (internal and external), and respond effectively to inquiries and to diverse situations that require tact and pragmatic problem-solving skills. Provide oral and written responses for external and partner queries about GIL’s work.
Develop processes and tools that will make GIL’s internal administration more efficient, sustainable, and secure, with the best possible coverage and adequacy.
Contribute to team discussions and decisions on overall strategy and implementation plans for GIL.
Facilitate communication between GIL and related units within the World Bank
Provide any other assistance needed by the TTL for the day-to-day coordination of GIL’s activities
Financial Control and Fiduciary Responsibilities, and Donor Relations
Assist the TTL with overall project management of relevant trust funds, including drafting TORs, planning and monitoring of consultant and client deliverables so as to ensure timely and quality delivery of the work program, and responding to consultant and client queries related to World Bank requirements and processes.
Provide ongoing monitoring of all TF transactions to ensure compliance with donor and TF policies and to pre-empt end-of-year problems.
Provide ongoing tracking of performance against all monitoring indicators
Recruitment / HR
Assist the TTL in the formulation of staffing strategy, and its resource implications. Work with TTL to ensure that GIL is appropriately and adequately staffed to deliver all promised deliverables and activities on time.
Coordinate the recruitment of short term consultants and staff for GIL, including posting and disseminating job advertisements, setting up interviews, and processing recruitments.
Liaise with human resources as needed.
Support the coordination, management, planning and delivery of GIL’s communication strategy
Draft and work with the communications team to publish brief packages including blogs, policy briefs, brief pages and social media packages
Draft and circulate the GIL team Newsletter, keeping the GIL contact list up to date
Maintain GIL’s website, keeping content updated and current. Instruct design of new parts of the GIL website, to support all of the new activities being launched.
Help ensure that GIL datasets are made publicly available.
Liaise with Africa, Gender and Africa Chief Economist Communications and Knowledge Management Teams to share GIL outputs
Provide operational support for GIL’s impact evaluations, including firm and consultant procurement; and monitoring field work contracts, deliverables, and funding sources.
Monitor impact evaluation project and deliverable status
Young 1ove is hiring a full-time Research Manager. You will play a key role in ensuring that as Young 1ove grows and evolves existing programs and develops new programs towards the goal of reaching 1 million youth in Eastern and Southern Africa with proven life-saving information.
This includes analysis of large-scale randomized evaluation data in Southern Africa in the quest to bridge the ‘last mile of evidence’ – achieving both internal and external validity on ‘what works’ at scale.
This also includes designing small-scale decision-focused randomized controlled trials to answer curriculum enhancement and delivery model questions
Moreover, you will be responsible for designing non-randomized M&E systems and tools to assess whether we are achieving impact at scale.
Bachelor or Master’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, public health, or a related discipline from an internationally recognized university; excellent working knowledge of STATA highly recommended.
At least 2-3 years of relevant experience in program design and/or evaluation, including the design and execution of surveys, focus groups, & interviews, preferably within the context of randomized controlled trials or scaled M&E systems and in low-income or developing country settings
Demonstrated ability to manage various tasks effectively & coordinate amongst project members and departments
Fluency in written and spoken English. Strong writing, technical, and communication skills recommended.
GHES fellowship is a 12-month mentored research fellowship sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC). Training is provided to US postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students, as well as low and middle-income country (LMIC) postdoctoral fellows. Each year, 10 to 16 fellows are selected through a competitive process and they subsequently complete 12 months of mentored training while conducting a research project under the supervision of the GHES and the collaborating LMIC mentors. This training program addresses a wide range of health research topics including emerging and high-consequence infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases (NCD), women’s health, environmental health, mental health, interpersonal violence, substance abuse, and the interaction of all of these health issues within the framework of global health. See their webpage for more information on research areas and the application process.
The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics. The doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship supports short-term research costs of up to US$3,000 to develop a doctoral dissertation proposal. Eligibility All applicants must:
Be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country
Residents of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
Hold a master’s degree
Be either enrolled in a PhD program, or intend to enroll in a PhD program
Click here for more information on thematic priorities and the application process.
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department is organizing a two-day international conference to be held at the ADB, Manila, Philippines on 14-15 December 2017.
Globalization and the increased flows of goods, services, and factors of production across borders brought new challenges such as dealing with cross-border infrastructure, clean energy, environment, natural disaster response, communicable diseases, and governance in Asia and the Pacific. Tackling these cross-border challenges, the region has benefitted from deepening regional cooperation and integration through promoting regional public goods (RPGs). The concept of RPGs draws on the rationale that regional economies share common challenges for development, which can be addressed more effectively and efficiently at a regional level through collective action and cooperation. For example, regionally shared infrastructure, power, water, and health care are essential for development but may not be adequately provided by national governments, given the nature of substantial cross-border externalities. The role of RPGs is also crucial in achieving sustainable and inclusive growth. RPGs generate economies of scale and have the potential to benefit economies involved with increased trade or investment as well as stable financial flows. Well-established RPGs can help attract private and public investment to the region as a whole.
Amid the increasing importance of RPGs, there is growing demand for comprehensive studies on RPG provision and institutional arrangements that can be delivered in the region. This conference will help gather ideas and directions on RPG research for leading academics, policymakers, and international organizations to broadly discuss theories, practice, their related issues and policy implications, including political economy, of RPGs provision.
A new partnership has been formed between EDCTP, TDR (the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases), and the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) in recognition of a mutual interest in strengthening the capacity for health research in African countries. They jointly call for applications for implementation research that can cover a range of diseases, conducted through close collaboration between researchers and national disease programs.
Research Priorities The aim of this call is to strengthen capacity for implementation research conducted through close collaboration between researchers and national disease programmes. Diseases covered include malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infections, yellow fever, and neglected tropical diseases. Implementation research activities supported by this call may be complementary to those supported through other stakeholders interested in these diseases. The focus is on the following priorities, with illustrative research areas below. Note that this is not an exclusive list of submission possibilities:
Community case identification and management of illnesses including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infections, yellow fever, and neglected tropical diseases. This includes strategies to ensure efficient case identification and management of one or many diseases, including solutions to overcome specific obstacles for efficient community case management. Proposals may address detection, compliance issues retention and treatment completion, or intervention to increase treatment completion rate.
Community involvement in the delivery of health interventions
This covers challenges associated with community involvement and participation in the delivery of public health interventions in different populations. This may include aspects such as community ownership and sustainability of the interventions, how to improve uptake of services in the communities, and how to achieve greater involvement and participation of communities in the delivery of interventions to their populations.
Eligibility criteria Applicants must be based in African institutions, including national tropical/communicable disease control programmes, ministries of health, academic institutions, research institutes; and non-governmental organizations. Applications are particularly encouraged from early career investigators, women, or are from the group of least-developed countries.
Selection process Proposals will be selected on a competitive basis by external reviewers and WHO staff in the WHO African Region (AFRO), EDCTP and TDR. Scoring is based on scientific excellence, the public health impact and the project implementation plan. Principal investigators will be informed of the results within three months of the application deadline. Funding will depend on obtaining ethical approval for the proposed research from relevant research ethics committees in AFRO and the target country. Each application should be accompanied by a supporting letter from the ministry of health and from the institution indicating their interest in the project.
Funds: Up to US$ 15 000 per grant. Co-funding from domestic or other sources is encouraged.
Job description The International Crisis Group (Crisis Group) and the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) seek applicants for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship position. This position provides the opportunity to work closely with Crisis Group experts and ESOC academic researchers. The fellowship will entail policy research and analysis, and engagement with policymakers and other conflict actors to prevent, resolve or better manage deadly conflict; it also will involve long-term empirical research on the economic and political drivers of conflict. The fellow will contribute directly to Crisis Group reports. We are open to geographic focuses on the countries/regions Crisis Group covers across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The fellow will be primarily based in one of Crisis Group’s offices in New York, DC or London -- with travel as needed for the field research -- or in a Crisis Group regional office as appropriate based on geographic focus area.
Application Applicants should apply here. Applications should include a letter of introduction of no more than 3 pages, a CV, and contact information for three references. The cover letter should address both regional and thematic interests. Potential applicants unfamiliar with ESOC’s research program are welcome to contact Assistant Professor Tarek Ghani (email@example.com) or Professor Jacob N. Shapiro (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions and to visit http://esoc.princeton.edu/ to learn more.
Requirements We seek candidates with exceptional potential to thrive in a demanding policy role while advancing their own cutting edge research. Candidates should be on track to complete a PhD in economics, political science, public policy or a related discipline by June 2018, or have recently completed their PhD.
The 2018/2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarship is now open for applications from international students who want to pursue a graduate degree at Cambridge University in the UK. The scholarships are a prestigious, highly competitive full-cost financial aid grants awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Up to 55 Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to international students.
Eligibility You can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship if you are:
A citizen of any country outside the United Kingdom
Applying to pursue one of the following full-time residential courses of study at the University of Cambridge:
PhD (three year research-only degree)
MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree)
One year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
PRDG is soliciting applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship beginning in Fall 2018 to support innovative research on programs addressing the economic and political challenges facing resource-rich countries. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy or a related field in the last five years or have the Ph.D. expected in AY 2018-19; have ongoing or planned research projects on natural resources and development or governance in low or middle-income countries; and have strong training in quantitative research methods, particularly causal inference. PRDG Fellows are expected to be in residence during the fellowship period and will receive applicable UCLA benefits. They will be based at UCLA’s Political Science Department and the Luskin School of Public Affairs, and supervised by Professor Michael Ross. The Fellow will also engage with the co-PIs based at UCLA, Graeme Blair and Darin Christensen.
PRDG Fellows are expected to be in residence during the fellowship period and will receive applicable UCLA benefits. They will be based at UCLA’s Political Science Department and the Luskin School of Public Affairs, and supervised by Professor Michael Ross. The Fellow will also engage with the co-PIs based at UCLA, Graeme Blair and Darin Christensen.
In addition to conducting independent research and (optionally) develop joint research with the co-PIs, the Fellow will work up to 10 hours a week on PRDG projects that may include:
identifying and engaging with organizations implementing programs in this sector;
crafting PRDG’s research agenda, including drafting a white paper that reviews research on natural resources, governance, and development; and
helping draft and edit policy briefs based on PRDG research.
The position is compensated with a $50,000 salary and outstanding UCLA benefits. We particularly encourage women and scholars of color to apply. To apply, clickhere.
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation is seeking applications for its “Young African Scholars” program, which will provide 10 research grants to established scholars working on projects closely relevant to the foundation’s interest in violence and aggression. The program includes a methods workshop, fieldwork research grants of $2,000 USD, editorial and publication assistance, and sponsorship at an international conference to present research findings.
Eligibility Applicants must be aged 35 or younger and must have been educated on the African continent and currently residing there. Applications should be no more than six pages and include the following:
SDG Academy is a massive open online education platform that features free courses ranging from “Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet” to “Global Public Health.” The courses range in duration from 6 weeks to 16 weeks, and several are self-paced.