Call for Applications: Research Associate/Data Analyst (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


New York, NY

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 Research Associate/Data Analyst will be responsible for assisting the Project Director and Research Scientists with data collection (e.g., coding tablets to facilitate smooth, clean transfer of data from the field), data verification, management, and analysis tasks. The position includes providing research support for several different impact evaluations and studies simultaneously. Key tasks include instrument design, data cleaning, organization, analysis (including but not limited to psychometric analyses), and interpretation as well as assisting with the dissemination of findings (e.g., writing up of results into reports and academic journal articles). The majority of the work will be quantitative in nature but the ideal candidate should feel comfortable triangulating between theory, empirical findings, and qualitative findings.

Position Responsibilities

The Research Associate/Data Analyst is responsible for active involvement in all stages of data analysis, including:

  • Instrument design and testing
  • Data quality check, cleaning, and management
  • Supporting and advising on analysis planning and modeling decisions
  • Conducting data analysis
  • Writing methodological approaches and analysis findings into reports and academic journal articles
  • Training and supervising volunteers and temporary research assistants
  • If Arabic fluent, assisting with translation and interpretation of Arabic language materials

The Research Associate/Data Analyst will report directly to Drs. Hiro Yoshikawa and Alice Wuermli and work closely with NYU faculty members (including Dr. Larry Aber) as well as researchers and practitioners at TIES, IRC, and Sesame Workshop.


The candidates should have:

  • An MA/MS, or currently working towards a Ph.D., in applied statistics, education, international education, developmental science/psychology, human development, economics, sociology, or a related social science field.
  • Strong quantitative analytic skills and 2+ years of experience in cleaning, managing, and conducting analysis with large quantitative datasets in STATA or R.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary, multi-country team.
  • Excellent organization skills, efficiency, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Mastery of other statistical analysis software (e.g., MPlus, ArcGIS).
  • Expertise in advanced quantitative methods, such as missing data treatment, causal inference, longitudinal and multi-level modeling, and structural equational modeling.
  • Experience working with large-scale experimental and quasi-experimental policy and/or program evaluation projects.
  • Experience working with displaced/refugee populations in low-income/conflict-affected contexts.
  • Arabic proficiency preferred.

Part-time position/telecommuting options may be available for highly qualified candidates.

Benefits and Employment Conditions:

  • Competitive salary (salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience) and attractive fringe benefits (health, dental, vision, retirement, etc.) and support for conference/event travel related to Center projects.
  • Minimum one-year commitment required, with the potential for renewal.

Application Instructions

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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