Institutions & Governance Sr. Program Associate (7397U)
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Application Review Date The First Review Date for this job is: April 3, 2019.
Departmental Overview The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) seeks a full-time Program Associate to support our Institutions & Governance research initiative.
CEGA is a West Coast hub for research on global development, with a network of 100+ academic researchers extending across the University of California, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. Our faculty affiliates design and test solutions for the problems of poverty, generating actionable evidence for policy-makers in low- and middle-income 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's research is organized around a set of initiatives that generate and disseminate policy-relevant research within specific sectors. The Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) initiative seeks to enhance the effectiveness of political and legal institutions in driving equitable economic growth.
This is an exciting opportunity for professionals who are interested in global development and rigorous impact evaluation; have a strong desire to learn and use skills in project management, communications, and research administration; and are energized to contribute to the long-term success of a dynamic organization. CEGA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusionplease read our values statement.
Responsibilities Reporting to the Program Manager, the Program Associate will support research initiative development and implementation, as well as evidence dissemination for the EDI initiative and related activities for CEGA. In collaboration with our partners, s/he will ensure effective administrative, research management, and dissemination systems to meet EDI's programmatic goals. The Program Associate will work closely with faculty leadership and will engage with other CEGA affiliates and sponsors interested in governance research to fundraise for and expand CEGA's portfolio in this sector.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Facilitate the dissemination of research findings to partners and other stakeholders. This may include drafting case studies and summaries of research; developing briefing materials; drafting and editing reports, concept notes, blogs, and program collateral; updating WordPress-based program websites.
Support the Program Manager in pursuing strategic opportunities to fundraise and expand CEGA activities by drafting concept notes and grant proposals, monitoring external research and policy initiatives relevant to the Center's governance initiative, and supporting initiative-related partnership development, outreach, and communications.
Maintain project and personnel tracking in Salesforce (and other systems) to support project management, M&E, and stakeholder outreach. Generate inputs for CEGA performance management by gathering and analyzing administrative and other resource data and preparing internal reports and/or analyses.
Track research grantee reporting in collaboration with partner organizations. This may include ensuring that valuable research, policy partner updates, and preliminary findings are made known within the program to support overarching outreach and decision-making, as well as supporting relationships with donors, particularly around grant reporting.
Organize initiative-related convenings and leadership meetings, contributing to or leading agenda development, outreach, the design of event-related materials, and follow-up.
Contribute to financial management by supporting initiative expense tracking and budget development for new initiatives.
Contribute to program monitoring and evaluation by measuring and tracking key program indicators, regularly uploading data and contacts to Salesforce, and participating in quarterly CEGA portfolio reviews.
Coordinate competitive research grant-making processes for the governance and institutions initiative, including drafting requests for proposals (RFPs), tracking applications, coordinating peer review, drafting award letters, etc.
Contribute to important CEGA-wide activities, including internal working groups, process documentation, outreach and communications, and major events.
BA/BS in Economics, International Development, Business or Management, Public Policy, or related field and/or equivalent experience
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of economic development and impact evaluation, with previous professional experience or prior coursework in econometrics and/or impact evaluation
Exceptional organizational and project management skills, including a demonstrated spirit of innovation and proven attention to detail, an ability to multitask and responsiveness to deadlines
Strong skills in short-term planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -solving, and customer service; ability to independently investigate solutions to administrative challenges, anticipate leadership needs, and communicate with colleagues
Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific findings into accessible, non-technical language
Ability to interact with individuals from a variety of backgrounds in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, tactful, resourceful and efficient, and with a high level of professionalism and discretion
Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience
Demonstrated success writing research grant proposals
Experiencing managing grants and/or contracts
Demonstrated interest in and basic knowledge of evidence-based policy-making
Experience in transparency and accountability, fragility/conflict, civic engagement and or technology for governance in low- and middle-income countries
Field experience, particularly on rigorous impact evaluation research, household surveys
Competency with MS Office and Google applications
Experience with WordPress, Salesforce, and Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Photoshop;
Salary & Benefits For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying in the UC Berkeley jobs portal. In addition to outlining your fit and experience, your cover letter should detail how will you contribute to and promote diversity on the UC Berkeley campus and within CEGA, including through life & professional experiences.
Please note CEGA is only able to hire individuals who are eligible to work in the US, either through an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa or as a result of being US citizen or permanent resident.
Other Information This is a one year, full-time, contract position.
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