Program Associate (7397U) - 14393
Program Associate (7397U) - 14393 About Berkeley
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: January 25, 2021
The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a West Coast hub for research on global development. Headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley, our large, interdisciplinary network-including a growing number of scholars from low and middle-income countries-identifies and tests innovations designed to reduce poverty and promote development. CEGA researchers use rigorous evaluations, tools from data science, and new measurement technologies to assess the impacts of large-scale social and economic development programs. 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
Reporting to a Senior Program Manager, the Program Associate will ensure effective administrative, research management, and dissemination systems to meet programmatic goals. The Program Associate will work closely with faculty leadership and will engage with other CEGA affiliates, partners, and sponsors interested in international development research. This may include fundraising support to help expand CEGA's research footprint.
- Coordinate competitive research grant-making processes for research initiatives, including drafting requests for proposals (RFPs), tracking applications, coordinating peer review, drafting award letters, etc.
- Facilitate the dissemination of research findings to partners and other stakeholders. This may include drafting summaries of research; developing briefing materials; drafting and editing reports, concept notes, blogs, and program collateral; updating WordPress-based program websites.
- Organize initiative-related convenings and leadership meetings, contributing to agenda development, the design of event-related materials, and outreach.
- Track research grantee reporting. This may include ensuring that valuable research, policy partner updates, and preliminary findings are made known within the program to support overarching outreach and decision-making, as well as supporting relationships with partners and donors, particularly around grantee reporting.
- Maintain project and personnel tracking in Salesforce (and other systems) to support project management.
- Support the Senior Program Manager and CEGA leadership in pursuing strategic opportunities to fundraise and expand CEGA activities by drafting concept notes and grant proposals, monitoring external research and policy initiatives relevant to the Center's sector areas, and supporting partnership development, outreach, and communication.
- Contribute to important CEGA-wide activities, including internal working groups, process documentation, outreach and communications, and major events.
As a Program Associate, your primary tasks will involve communication, analysis, and specialization.
Education: You hold a bachelor's degree with significant training in economics, including intermediate-level economics and econometrics and or equivalent years experience and/or training. Degrees in international development, public administration/policy, business 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.
Experience: You have 0-2 years of relevant work experience.
Skills: You have a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of economic development and impact evaluation. You are comfortable working in or learning MS Office and Google Suite, WordPress, and Salesforce, and ideally have experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Photoshop. It's preferred that you have experience managing grants and/or contracts, and have demonstrated success writing research grant proposals. It's preferred (but not required) that you have field experience, particularly on rigorous impact evaluation research, household surveys.
Communication: You have outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to translate complex scientific findings into accessible, non-technical language.
Organization: You have exceptional organizational and project management skills, including a demonstrated spirit of innovation and proven attention to detail, an ability to multitask and responsiveness to deadlines. You are a strategic thinker, well-organized, and service-oriented.
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.
- Ideally you have experience with Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Photoshop.
- It's preferred that you have experience managing grants and/or contracts, and have demonstrated success writing research grant proposals.
- It's preferred (but not required) that you have field experience, particularly on rigorous impact evaluation research, household surveys.
- You are trained in economics, including intermediate-level economics and econometrics.
- Degrees in international development, public administration/policy, business 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.
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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