Call for Applications: Managing Director (Global TIES for Children, NYU)

New York University: NYU – Domestic: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development: Office of Research: Institute of Human Development and Social Change: Global TIES


Greenwich Village, New York

Open Date

Jul 23, 2019


About Global TIES for Children

At New York University’s Global TIES for Children we design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. Led by University Professors Larry Aber and Hiro Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world’s leading non- governmental organizations (NGOs) and with governments in low-income (LI) and crisis-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting the health, education, and social development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:

  • Generate actionable evidence to promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant “social settings” (i.e., classrooms, schools, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children’s learning and well-being;
  • Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in LI and CA countries; and
  • Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.

About ECD in Emergency & Conflict

The global refugee crisis is the defining humanitarian issue of our time, with millions displaced due to conflict and war across the Middle East and the world. In addition, we know from decades of research that all children need nurturing care, a comforting routine, and opportunities to learn through play in the critical first years of life. Yet only about 2 percent of humanitarian assistance goes to education and only a tiny sliver of that 2 percent to early childhood development services. In partnership with Sesame Workshop, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and BRAC, NYU Global TIES for Children has set out to develop, provide and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in the Syrian response region and Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, the most recent recipient of a large influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. This unique partnership was awarded a USD $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the first to be given under the 100& Change initiative, for the Syrian response, and the US $100 million for the Rohingya response in Bangladesh. NYU Global TIES for Children will be leading the independent research and external evaluation of this project, including a longitudinal study, implementation research as well as impact evaluations. We strive to bring the most rigorous qualitative and quantitative evidence to bear on how to best serve families and children in these communities. We will pay special attention to issues of stress and adversity; issues of gender and disability; as well as the diversity of cultures in these two contexts of both refugees and host communities. The project team at TIES is led by Hirokazu Yoshikawa (Principal Investigator), Alice J. Wuermli (Co-Principal Investigator and Research Director). J. Lawrence Aber is serving as a co-Investigator for the Middle East part of the project. Research activities are coordinated with research partners at the IRC and Sesame Workshop. The project includes local partners and expert collaborators from around the world.

Position Summary

The Managing Director will manage activities under this large cross-continental initiative, and related projects and activities coming out of the larger initiative – Early Childhood Development in Emergencies, at NYU Global TIES for Children. The incumbent will oversee project activities to ensure the successful coordination of local and international staff and adherence to project timelines, liaise with leading academic researchers to forge vital new partnerships, and oversee all the administrative and operational needs of the project, which include but are not limited to human resources, budget/finance, compliance, reporting, and supporting strategic development and planning activities.

Position Responsibilities

The Managing Director will report directly to the Director of Research of this initiative and will work in close collaboration with the Principal Investigators (PI) and the full operations team on all aspects of the initiative. The incumbent will perform the following activities:

  • Oversee the work of internal and external stakeholders/partners across various countries to ensure project activities are completed on time, within scope and within budget
  • Plan, develop and implement new processes and protocols to support research activities;
  • Manage research project budget(s) and make critical decisions on expenditures;
  • Manage communication between project’s various internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ensure timely reporting to partners and stakeholders on a quarterly and annual basis;
  • Oversee full-cycle recruitment of project staff;
  • Oversee external vendor/subaward contracting and licensing;
  • Coordinate the procurement of research supplies, materials, equipment, and services;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with country program and research teams;
  • Build systems and structures to build and support staff capacity;
  • Troubleshoot issues that may arise


Qualifications and Required Skills

  • A Bachelor’s degree;
  • A minimum of 10-15 years of experience in program/project management, and/or research administration;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Experience in international development and/or humanitarian aid preferred;
  • Entrepreneurial, self-starter with a passion for efficiency;
  • Extraordinary organizational skills and attention to detail while maintaining flexibility;
  • Capacity for big-picture integration and identifying priorities;
  • Experience with budgeting and project planning;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies;
  • Ability to coordinate a complex initiative across five countries;
  • Ability to absorb and incorporate large amounts of information quickly;
  • Background and/or interest in research and evidence-based policymaking;
  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Additional language skills preferred, especially Arabic, Bangla, or Chittagonian.

Application Instructions

Application Process

The position offers a competitive salary, paid time off, and a comprehensive benefits package as well as support for travel costs and conference travel related to study activities.

The position could begin as soon as September 1, 2019, though the start date is flexible. We are looking for someone who is available for a minimum one-year commitment, with the potential for a one-year renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and budgetary approval.

The position will be based in New York City at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University.

To apply:

  • The following documents must be submitted via Interfolio
    • Current CV/Resume
    • Statement of Interest
    • 3 professional references (full name, contact number and email address)
    • 1 writing sample (preferably a project report or the like)


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