Research Associate, ECDEC (Part-time)

New York University

United States

May 23, 2022


Research Associate, 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 23, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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

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

Work Location: Remote until further notice

Work Schedule: Variable

Salary (Pay Range): $36.54/hour

Benefits Eligible: No

Start/End Date: June 1, 2022 - December 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 to 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 Associate (RA) to work on the Early Learning Program impact evaluation conducted in Lebanon. This is a mixed methods study that assesses a remotely implemented two-generation (child and caregiver focused) early learning program for 5-6 year olds and their caregivers.

    The RA will be working closely with the IRC research team in Lebanon to ensure that both the qualitative and quantitative data collection activities go smoothly. The candidate will actively support enumerator training, data quality checks, and data management activities. Besides ensuring quality data collection, the RA will lead the team that codes and analyzes the qualitative data coming in, so it is essential that they are fluent in both written and spoken Arabic (shami).

    The RA will report directly to Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Kate Schwartz, and the position is available to begin as early as June 1, 2022.



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

    The following qualifications are required for consideration:

  • Expressed interest and experience 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, Shami 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.), and Dedoose.

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

  • Application Instructions

    This position could start as early as June 1, 2022. Candidates must complete the following for consideration:

  • Applicants should submit the following documents via Interfolio.

  • 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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