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Research Associate (7397U) - 14551
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 29, 2021
Title Research Associate (7397U) - 14551
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Economics - General
    Research Methods/Data Analysis

Research Associate (7397U) - 14551

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 29, 2021

Hiring staff will first review applications by February 28, 2021 and applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Departmental Overview

CEGA is a West Coast hub for research on global development, with a network of 120+ 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 countries. Through careful matchmaking, competitive grant-making, and research dissemination activities, CEGA ensures that the scientific evidence we produce improves the lives of people living in poverty.

CEGA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion - please read our values statement here.

CEGA seeks a motivated Research Associate 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. 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; is a successful self-learner; and is energized to contribute to the long-term success of a dynamic organization.


Research Assistance:
  • Applies professional or research concepts to perform analysis of data and systems pertaining to moderately complex projects, policies, initiatives, / processes, and / or functions.
  • Assist with data cleaning, data analysis, and replication activities (STATA, R).
  • Support data collection and data entry to ensure data quality.
  • Liaise with field staff in Kenya on a variety of topics, including data quality, developing human subject protocols, grants management, survey questionnaire development and coding, etc.
  • Manage a team of 3-5 graduate and undergraduate students per semester including hiring, onboarding, creating assignments, training and supervising work.
  • Gathers and assembles analytical and factual data on assigned problems and issues to prepare reports and / or analyses summarizing information on the assigned issues and commenting on other significance for internal or external constituents.
  • Conduct background research in conjunction with field activities.
  • Prepares, edits and modifies documents including research reports, manuscripts, presentations and proposals.
  • Assist in the preparation of documents and presentations for grant proposals, donor reporting, and dissemination activities.
  • Design, refine, and pilot research questionnaires.

Administrative Assistance:
  • Participates in administrative / research policy and program project planning and development.
  • Support the implementation of CEGA research initiatives, such as the Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE), by organizing conferences (including an annual conference held internationally), cultivating partners, composing concept notes, and drafting proposals, budgets, and grant reports to funders.
  • Manage grant budgets, including a complex mix of campus, grant, contract, and gift funds.
  • Provide 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.
  • Coordinate Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) recruitment and undergraduate student assistant recruitment for the Faculty Director or CEGA.
  • Manage select communications for the Faculty Director including drafting content for his website.
  • Organize periodic special events, including oversight of logistics and budgeting, calls for nominations/papers, communications, and reimbursements.
  • Organize office hours and managing the Faculty Director's calendar and scheduling.
  • Participate in center-wide activities, including maintenance of standard operating procedures (SOPs), process documentation, internal work groups, writing blog posts and other communications as needed, and performance management.

Required Qualifications

As a Research Associate, your primary tasks will involve communication, analysis, and specialization.

Experience: You have one to three years of relevant work experience.

Skills: You have strong quantitative and Excel skills, and proficiency in statistical software such as STATA or R. You have experience working in developing countries (preferably in a research-related capacity). Ideally, you have had coursework in quantitative research methods, and knowledge of a variety of administrative operations, such as budget creation, financial forecasting, managing calendars, hiring graduate and undergraduate students. It's preferred (but not required) that you have proficiency in Kiswahili (spoken and written), and ability to gain working knowledge of limited UC policy and procedures.

Communication: You are detail-oriented and have advanced writing skills. You are precise, clear, and creative. You use discretion and maintain confidentiality when necessary.

Organization: You are a strategic thinker and service-oriented. You are well-organized and can handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time with little direct supervision. You have the ability to anticipate and solve problems, and independently investigate solutions to administrative challenges.

Cultural competencies: You are comfortable and adept at working in a diverse and multicultural work environment, with colleagues, partners and policymakers from around the world. You display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Attitude: You love learning. You are passionate about international development policy and the rigorous research that informs it. You are agile, adaptable, self-motivated, hard-working, and collaborative. You have a sense of humor with a positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty.

Education/Training: Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ideally, you have had coursework in quantitative research methods, and knowledge of a variety of administrative operations, such as budget creation, financial forecasting, managing calendars, hiring graduate and undergraduate students.
  • It's preferred (but not required) that you have proficiency in Kiswahili (spoken and written), and working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn limited UC policy and procedures.
  • You are trained in economics, including intermediate-level economics and econometrics.
  • Degrees in public administration, business mathematics or a related field may also be considered.
  • Ideally you have a demonstrated academic interest in international development and public policy and/or international experience.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.

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.

Other Information

This is a full-time 1 year contract position with the possibility of extension. A two-year commitment is desired for this position.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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