The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley
The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) seeks an outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar (postdoc) to carry out a strategic Policy Engagement Initiative (PEI) for the Center. Reporting to CEGA’s incumbent Director of Research, the postdoc will conduct applied statistical research in response to the needs of government partners in low- and middle-income countries, implemented in collaboration with Edward Miguel, Oxfam Professor for Environmental and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. The primary goal of PEI and this position is to promote in-depth social science research collaborations with government agencies—including Ministries of Agriculture, Health, and Finance—in one or two strategic countries (likely within East Africa and/or South Asia). Studies will prioritize empirical social science research methods on topics that are likely to produce downstream improvements in public policy, leveraging administrative data provided by government partners.
The postdoc will collaborate with the Director of Research, Professor Miguel, and co-investigators from CEGA’s academic network to conceptualize and develop a set of demand-driven research studies implemented in close cooperation with government partners in low- and middle-income countries. Along this vein, the incumbent will manage research design and data collection, develop statistical models and analyses using Stata, SAS, R and other software packages, and author reports with the resulting findings. In addition, the position will lead partnership development and consult with government stakeholders to identify academic research projects that can be implemented by faculty members, postdocs, and doctoral students affiliated with CEGA.
The postdoc will also advise government stakeholders on how to improve the quality of their data, incorporate research activities into government programming, and use evidence in program planning. Other key responsibilities include: managing data-centric components (including analysis, review and technical assistance) for collaborative research projects and case studies, including developing work plans and timelines to ensure that deliverables are completed on schedule; co-authoring research papers and disseminating findings to academics, donors and policymakers through meetings and presentations; contributing to grant proposals, progress reports for current funding sources, and strategic planning for PEI with relevant stakeholders.
This position will require extensive international travel.
Required qualification: • A PhD (or equivalent) in Economics, Political Science, Business, or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications: • 1-3 years experience conducting empirical field research, including supervising data collection and cleaning activities at field sites; • 1-3 years experience and competency with statistical software packages such as STATA, SAS, R, and ability to render accurate statistical analysis; • 1-3 years experience and competency working with decisionmakers in multilateral, developing country governments and/or research institutions to identify promising academic research opportunities; • 1-3 years experience translating complex material/research to broad, non-technical audiences. • Experience delivering executive education to government and/or NGO decision-makers, focused on impact evaluation methods, field data collection, and the use of evidence in policy-making; • Specialization in causal inference in applied micro-econometrics, research design and program evaluation. • Experience designing and implementing data collection instruments; • Ability to independently investigate solutions to technical and administrative problems; • Ability to meet and discuss project objectives with academics, policymakers and donors; • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific findings into accessible, non-technical language (via publications or professional presentations); • Ability to work well with teams, and communicate effectively with colleagues and faculty. • Ability to interact with individuals at all levels in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, tactful, resourceful and efficient, and with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
This is a one-year full-time position with possibility for extension pending funding. Salary range is commensurate with experience. The application deadline is March 15, 2019 and anticipated start date of the position is April, 15 2019. To apply, include your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae (required), a cover letter (required), and three professional references (required) to the Policy Engagement Initiative Postdoc Submittable page: https://cega.submittable.com/submit/134425/policy-engagement-initiative-postdoc
More info here: https://cega.berkeley.edu/career/postdoc-policy-engagement/
Time commitment: Full time
Applications due: 2019-03-15