About Education Quality and Learning for All (EQUAL)

EQUAL is part of the Global TIES for Children: Transforming Intervention Effectiveness and Scale Center at New York University, which aims to generate and communicate scientific evidence on programs and policies that maximize child and youth developmental potential in low- and middle-income as well as conflict-affected countries. The EQUAL Global Research Network project aims to develop networks of researchers in three regions (East & Southern Africa, West & Central Africa, and the Middle East / North Africa) and also to support country-level progress towards attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (the global development goal on lifelong learning, development, and education).  Some of the main activities of the project will include regional and global convenings, development of resources for learning and capacity building, and the administration of seed grants that will be awarded to researchers in these regions.
Position Summary

We are seeking a full-time Project Associate for the EQUAL project. The Project Associate will be responsible for assisting the EQUAL Director and members of the team in the overall management of the project. More specifically, the incumbent will provide administrative, logistical, and research support for several activities, including: i) regional convenings to foster collaboration and learning; ii) seed grants to test and identify local solutions; iii) liaising with partner organizations; and iv) developing online learning and capacity-building resources.

The Project Associate position will be based at the New York University campuses in New York City or in Abu Dhabi.
Primary Responsibilities

The Project Associate will work closely with the EQUAL Leadership Team, namely Prof. Hirokazu Yoshikawa (University Professor and co-Director of Global TIES), Prof. Paul Oburu (Research Associate Professor with Global TIES), and Dr. Alice Wuermli (Research Scientist and Associate Director of Global TIES) and will be responsible for the following dimensions of the project:

  • Conducting background research and literature reviews;
  • Working closely with the EQUAL Leadership Team on preparing reports and manuscripts;
  • Supporting the EQUAL Leadership Team with developing, writing, editing, and formatting reports, papers, briefs, fundraising proposals, presentations, and web content for various stakeholders;
  • Liaising with researchers and other stakeholders across East, Southern, Central and West Africa, Middle East, and North African Regions;
  • Coordinating the proposal and research review processes across the target regions;
  • Supporting the planning of various international and domestic conferences/meetings and coordinating travel and logistics for these conferences/meetings;
  • Training and supervising temporary volunteers and part-time student employees; and
  • Performing other research administration tasks as needed.

Other likely tasks may include:

  • Supporting the development of further regional sections of EQUAL (e.g., South Asia); and
  • Helping to identify and develop partnerships with participating researchers and universities across Africa and the Middle East.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Master’s degree preferred in developmental science, human development, early childhood education and development, educational psychology, international education, international development, or a related social science field with at least 3 years of relevant on the job experience.
  • Impeccable organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken.
  • Work experience in international development related organizations is strongly preferred.
  • Understanding of the history and challenges involved in collaboration with stakeholders in the field of international development.
  • Training in social science research methods (evaluation; developmental science; measurement preferred).
  • Fluency in English, Arabic, and French (both spoken and written) strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge (and command) of MS Office suite, EndNote.

Additional skills:

  • Knowledge of research methods specifically with survey design, and statistical analysis.
  • Familiarity with early childhood education, public policy, skills development, and livelihoods research and practice in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LAMICs).
  • Familiarity with cross-cultural research.
  • Familiarity with the study of lifespan human development.
  • Familiarity with program management, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • IT and communications development and management.
  • Willingness and ideally interest in developing further statistical and data analysis skills.
  • Interest in developing expertise in education, cross-cultural, and human developmental research.

Application Process:

The position could begin as soon as May 1, 2017, though the start date is flexible. The successful applicant will initially be based in New York City at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University.

To Apply:

  • Visit: https://www.jsco.re/s79l
  • Create a user profile and complete the application process
  • Required documents to upload:
  • Current CV/Resume
  • Under the cover letter section of the document, upload one consolidated PDF that includes your statement of interest, three professional references (full name, contact number and email address) and one writing sample (preferably a thesis chapter or published article).

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