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Senior Program Associate, Energy and Financial Inclusion


The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research on global development, with a network of over 70 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. Our energy initiative explores how large-scale energy systems contribute to poverty alleviation and economic growth, while our financial inclusion program measures the impacts of financial products, social protection schemes, and regulatory strategies that promote inclusion in emerging markets.

Position Overview

CEGA is seeking a motivated, self-directed Senior Program Associate to provide critical support to our research programs on energy and financial inclusion. You will work closely with Scientific Directors Catherine Wolfram and Paul Gertler, Program Director Carson Christiano, and Program Associate Alexandra Wall to support program development, implementation, and research dissemination to partners, policymakers, and sponsors.

We are looking for someone with strong project management skills, as well as experience coordinating research projects and collaborating with faculty. Ideally, you are familiar with international development and have experience administering social science research, with the ability to comprehend and clearly explain academic work for a public audience. You should have poise and experience communicating and connecting with a variety of actors—from researchers and staff, to non-profits and funding organizations. This is a challenging opportunity for junior to mid-level professionals who are interested in academic research administration and global development, and are energized to contribute to the long-term success of a dynamic organization.

Closing Date

Feb 10, 2017 11:59 pm PST



  • Provide assistance with contracts and grants, including budgeting, expense tracking, sub-awards, invoicing and payments, and donor reporting.
  • Support dissemination of research to policymakers and partners by developing briefing materials, updating program websites, and maintaining email lists and running reports in Salesforce for stakeholder outreach.
  • Support research grant competitions by organizing materials and review committees, tracking applications, coordinating the review process, issuing award letters, and drafting summaries of funded projects.
  • Support program growth by conducting research on potential partners, identifying funding opportunities, and drafting/compiling content for grant proposals.
  • Support CEGA performance management and lead components of program M&E by gathering and analyzing administrative and other resource data and preparing internal reports and/or analyses.
  • Liaise with UC Berkeley Campus Shared Services (CSS)—UCB’s finance and administration division—regarding purchasing, reimbursements, finance, grants, and human resources.
  • Contribute to events management, as needed, including developing timelines, budgets, agenda, and supporting logistics.
  • Participate in Center-wide activities, including maintenance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and process documentation, internal innovation groups, and performance management.

Required Qualifications

  • Requires a BA/BS in Economics, Business, Public Administration or related field.
  • 2-5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Well-organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail.
  • Strong skills in short-term planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -solving, and customer service; ability to independently investigate solutions to administrative challenges and anticipate leadership needs.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to remain flexible and able to adapt to change.
  • Strong competency with MS Office (including solid understanding of Excel) and Google applications.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of evidence-based policy-making
  • Demonstrated interest in (and knowledge of) issues related to energy and financial inclusion in developing countries
  • Experience using Salesforce
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (including Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop)
  • Working knowledge of UC policy and procedures or capacity to acquire it rapidly
  • Sense of humor with a positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty

Application Requirements

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Online application is required. Please visit and search for Job ID #22528. Applications should include a brief cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We will review applications on a rolling basis.