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Program Associate, Global Networks


The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research on global economic development, with a network of over 75 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 less developed countries. Using rigorous field trials, behavioral experiments, and tools from data science, we measure and maximize the impacts of economic development programs throughout the world.

The Center’s research is organized by initiatives, and the Global Networks Initiative focuses on building research capacity in low-income countries. We work with universities, NGOs and governments to create durable networks of researchers in the developing world who can lead impact evaluations and influence social change in their own countries. The portfolio currently supports three programs: BRAC-CEGA Learning Collaborative, and the East Africa Social Science Translation Collaborative, with other initiatives currently in development.

Closing Date

May 9, 2017 12:00 am PDT



The Program Associate will support activities within each of these Global Networks programs, as well as supporting the development and fundraising of new initiatives.

This is a challenging opportunity for early-career professionals who are interested in academic administration and global development; have a strong desire to use and deepen skills in project management, communications, and research assistance; and are energized to contribute to the long-term success of a dynamic organization.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research Support and Administration: Work with faculty and staff to support research projects carried out in developing countries, providing assistance with contracts and grants, including: drafting scopes of work, monitoring sub-awards to field partners, and managing payments/invoicing; ensuring adherence to regulations and processes; human subjects protection compliance; reporting to donors; and tracking grant spending across a complex mix of grants, gifts, and contracts. 
  • Project Implementation: Coordinate visiting fellowships, including application process, logistics to bring developing country scholars to UC Berkeley—together with CEGA’s Operations Team—and ongoing research and administrative mentorship for visiting researchers. Support research grant competitions, through the development of request for proposals, organization of materials and review committees, generation of summaries of research proposals, creation of review templates, contracting arrangements, and project monitoring.
  • Event Planning: Organize program-related conferences and workshops, including content development, recruitment of partners, and strategic development of agendas.
  • Partnership Development: Monitor external training programs relevant to CEGA’s initiatives, and coordinate with other universities and institutions offering impact evaluation trainings. Identify fundraising opportunities for new initiatives and support grant proposals.
  • Communication & Dissemination: Capture lessons from ongoing research projects, partners; manage research dissemination efforts, manage social media outreach.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: Support program monitoring and evaluation, including development of outcomes indicators, timelines, data collection, and integration of findings into future program performance.
  • Training support: Support and/or facilitate technical and training sessions at workshops, seminars, and other events.
  • Center development: Participate in center-wide activities, internal work groups, performance management, and process documentation.  

Required Qualifications

  • BA in Development Studies, Economics, Public Health, Public Policy, Political Science, International Affairs or related discipline.
  • 1-3 years experience project management, monitoring and evaluation, and budget management.
  • Commitment to scientific, evidence-led international development policy and capacity building in low-income countries.
  • Demonstrated experience with grant proposal writing.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational, and administrative skills; detail oriented.
  • Self-directed and intrinsically motivated; proven ability to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Strong skills in short-term planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -solving, and customer service; ability to independently investigate solutions to challenges and anticipate leadership needs.
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies.
  • Flexible and able to work effectively in a dynamic, startup-like environment.
  • Competency with MS Office, Excel, Google applications, MailChimp, and Weebly.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with online course development (particularly on the edX platform)
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (including Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop)
  • Experience with Salesforce.
  • Previous fieldwork experience in developing countries.

Application Requirements

This is a one-year, full time contract position. Contract subject to renewal depending on performance and available funding. Salary is commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit:

All applications must be submitted through the UC Berkeley jobs website. Please visit and search for Job ID# 23070. In addition to a current CV, candidates should submit a cover letter outlining (1) qualifications for the responsibilities listed above, (2) specific interest in the position, and (3) at least three academic and/or professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. First review is April 26, 2017, and we will review applications on a rolling basis after that date.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Please note CEGA will only hire individuals who are eligible to work in the US, either through an Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa or as a result of being US citizen or permanent resident.