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Research Associate (RA) - KLPS and Cash Transfers Project


The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research on global economic development, with a network of nearly 100 academic researchers extending across the University of California, Stanford University, the University of Washington, and other west-coast-based universities. Our mission is to inspire positive global change through innovative research. Our faculty affiliates design and test solutions for the problems of poverty, generating actionable evidence for policy-makers in less developed countries. Using rigorous field trials, behavioral experiments, and tools from data science, we measure and maximize the impacts of economic development programs throughout the world.

CEGA values diversity and seeks to include people from under-represented groups on our team.

Closing Date

Oct 25, 2018 11:59 pm PDT


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.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Research Assistance (75%)

  • Conducting background research in conjunction with field research activities.
  • Assisting with data cleaning, preliminary data analysis, and replication activities.
  • Designing, refining and piloting research questionnaires based on interviews.
  • Supporting data collection and data entry to ensure data quality.
  • Assisting in preparation of documents and presentations for donor reporting as well as dissemination activities.
  • Managing relationships with partners and gathering data from partners and other sources for research projects.

Administrative Assistance (25%)

  • Supporting the implementation and expansion of select CEGA and faculty research initiatives, including the Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE), by cultivating partners; composing concept notes; and drafting proposals, budgets, and grant reports to funders.
  • Managing grant budgets, including a complex mix of campus, grant, contract, and gift funds.
  • Providing assistance with subawards/other agreements, including: compiling required documentation, drafting scopes of work, monitoring sub-awards to field partners, managing payments/invoicing, and ensuring adherence to regulations/processes, human subjects protocols, and reporting requirements.
  • Coordinating Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) recruitment for the Faculty Director or CEGA.
  • Managing select communications for the Faculty Director including drafting (or curating) content for his website, making editorial decisions, and posting content to feature items of strategic importance to the Faculty Director and to CEGA.
  • Organizing periodic special events, including oversight of logistics and budgeting, calls for nominations/papers, communications, and reimbursements.
  • Overseeing the use of key facilities, including maintenance of schedules for guest offices and conference rooms, and space availability for students and post-docs within CEGA and Economics Department space.
  • Participating in center-wide activities, including coordination of CEGA’s Faculty Advisory Committee and data collection of faculty affiliates, maintenance of standard operating procedures (SOPs), process documentation, internal work groups, and performance management.

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Economics, Business, International Relations, Public Health or related field;
  • 1-3 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Working knowledge of statistical software such as STATA or R;
  • Experience working in developing countries (preferably in a research-related capacity).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Well-organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail.
  • Strong skills in short-term planning, problem-anticipation and -solving, and customer service; ability to independently investigate solutions to administrative challenges and anticipate leadership needs.
  • Ability to deal with unstructured and changing environments.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong competency with MS Office (including solid understanding of Excel) and Google applications.

Desired Qualifications

  • Coursework in quantitative research methods.
  • Proficiency in Kiswahili (spoken and written).
  • Knowledge of a variety of administrative operations, such as budget creation, financial forecasting, managing calendars, hiring graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Working knowledge of limited UC policy and procedures or capacity to acquire it rapidly.
  • Experience using UC Berkeley’s BearBuy procurement software.
  • Sense of humor with a positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty.

Application Requirements

Salary & Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. UC Berkeley offers a competitive benefits package. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Online application is required. Please visit, click on External Applicants (or Internal Applicants if affiliated with UC Berkeley), and enter Job ID# 25756 in the Keyword search. 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.