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Full Project Scientist -Center for Effective Global Action
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 7, 2021
Title Full Project Scientist -Center for Effective Global Action
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 10/4/2021
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Research Methods/Data Analysis

Full Project Scientist -Center for Effective Global Action

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley seeks outstanding applicants for a Full Project Scientist position to lead the Center's Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI). The CTI is a center-wide effort to increase the quantity and quality of cost evidence in impact evaluation research (collectively termed economic evaluation) by studying and improving the market for cost data, establishing best practice methods and tools for cost data collection and analysis, and building sustainable capacity for producing and using cost evidence. The initiative responds to market disincentives; methodological, transparency and data quality challenges; and capacity gaps that lead the development economics field to underproduce economic evaluations, specifically cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses.

The Project Scientist will lead significant and creative contributions to this research portfolio, setting the strategic vision for the initiative in coordination with CEGA leadership. They will drive the research agenda, manage data-centric components (including analysis, review and technical assistance), direct related activities, and raise funds in close collaboration with CEGA faculty affiliates, researchers, staff, and a wide range of funding and policy partners. The Project Scientist will report directly to Professor and CEGA Faculty Co-Director Edward Miguel, while collaborating with CEGA affiliated faculty, CEGA's Executive Director, and program staff to conceptualize, develop, and apply tools that make it easier and more efficient to integrate economic evaluation methods with CEGA's global development research. They will develop research proposals and substantively contribute (as a PI, co-PI or costing expert) to a variety of research activities and publications in which cost-effectiveness analysis is a central component (for example, CEGA's portfolio of cash benchmarking studies funded by USAID).

Additionally, the Project Scientist will train researchers--including visiting fellows from low- and middle-income countries--to integrate cost analysis into impact evaluation research. This will be accomplished through training and curriculum development, technical assistance, publications, and conference presentations. Importantly, they will develop new guidance and advise decision makers across sectors to integrate transparent costing practices into their programming and evaluations.

Other key responsibilities include: leading CTI community-building and strategic planning, in coordination with relevant stakeholders; leading development of related grant proposals to secure funding and progress reports for current funding sources. The Project Scientist will also manage additional cost transparency efforts relevant to the PI's goals.

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