Research Assistant, ECDEC (Part-time)

New York University

United States

May 31, 2022


Research Assistant, ECDEC (Part-time) New York University: NYU - NY: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and

Human Development: Office of Research: Institute of Human Development and Social Change: Global TIES


New York, NY

Open Date

May 09, 2022


May 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


Title: Research Assistant, ECDEC (Part-time/Hourly)

Division/Department: Steinhardt/IHDSC – Global TIES for Children

Work Location: Remote until further notice

Work Schedule: Variable

Salary (Pay Range): $28.30/hour

Benefits Eligible: No

Start/End Date: 6/1/2022 - 8/31/2022

About Global TIES for Children

At New York University's (NYU's) Global TIES for Children we design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. Led by University Professors Larry Aber and Hiro Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world's leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and with governments in low- income (LI) and conflict-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting the health, education, and social development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:

  • Generate actionable evidence t o promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant “social settings” (i.e., classrooms, schools, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children's learning and well-being;

  • Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in LI and CA countries; and

  • Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.

  • About Global TIES' Early Childhood Development in Emergency and Conflict (ECDEC) program and the Play to Learn and Ahlan Simsim Initiatives

    The Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises are two of the defining humanitarian issues of our time, with millions displaced due to conflict and war. In addition, we know from decades of research that all children need nurturing care, a comforting routine, and opportunities to learn through play in the critical first years of life. Yet only about 3 percent of humanitarian assistance goes to education, and only a tiny sliver of that 3 percent to early childhood development services.

    The Play to Learn initiative is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, BRAC, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Rohingya refugee families in Cox's Bazar. Ahlan Simsim is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, the IRC, and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Syrian refugee families in the Middle East. Research for these projects are implemented in three countries in the Middle East -- Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq – and in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh. These partnerships are funded by a $100 million grant from the LEGO Foundation (Play to Learn) and the inaugural 100&Change award from the MacArthur Foundation (Ahlan Simsim). NYU Global TIES for Children is leading the external evaluations of the programming in these projects, including formative and implementation research, impact evaluations, and a large longitudinal prenatal-cohort study in Bangladesh.

    We partner with Sesame Workshop, BRAC and the IRC to bring the most rigorous qualitative and quantitative evidence to bear on how to best serve families and children in these communities. We pay special attention to measurement of multiple domains of early childhood development, as well as observational measurement of the quality of implementation of programming in homes, centers, and communities.

    Position Summary

    The Early Childhood Development in Emergency & Conflict (ECDEC) program is seeking a part-time research assistant to be involved in coding and analyzing data for an Ahlan Simsim mixed-methods research study. The Mass Media study is a randomized control trial impact evaluation of the Ahlan Simsim television program designed and produced to support children's social emotional development in the Syria response region. We are seeking qualitative coders fluent in written and spoken Arabic to support analysis of child direct assessments, which measure emotion recognition and identification, and self- regulation strategies. Training will be provided by ECDEC project staff leading the study.

    Hours and length of the position is variable and dependent on the amount and schedule of data collection. The position is available to begin as early as June 1, 2022. We anticipate the position will last 12 weeks with ~20 hours of work per week.



    NYU Global TIES for Children is looking for Part-time Research Assistants who are interested in conducting qualitative research in a global context.

    The following qualifications are required for consideration:

  • Expressed interest in the fields of education, child or human development, international development, social policy, psychology

  • Fluency in written and spoken English

  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic is required, Levantine dialect preferred

  • Understanding of data confidentiality principles is compulsory

  • Ability to adapt to a fast-paced, “startup” environment and work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Google Suite (Documents, Sheets, Presentation, etc.)

  • Strong attention to detail, time management skills, and ability to work independently

  • Application Instructions

    This position could start as early as June 1, 2022. To apply, applicants should submit the following documents via the Interfolio portal:

  • Current CV/Resume

  • Statement of interest

  • 3 Professional References

  • Application Process

    This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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