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Program Associate (Global Networks)

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) seeks a motivated Program Associate to support our flagship Global Networks and Inclusion programs. This is an exciting opportunity for candidates who are passionate about global development and inclusion; want to contribute to positive change within the scientific community; and have a strong desire to expand and deepen their skills in project management, global development research, and partnership development.


About CEGA

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research, training and innovation headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley. We generate insights that decision-makers can use to improve policies, programs, and people’s lives. Our best-in-class academic network includes nearly 200 faculty, 78 scholars from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)—primarily from East and West Africa, and hundreds of graduate students from diverse academic disciplines who produce rigorous evidence about what works to expand education, health, and economic opportunities for people living in poverty. Our business model involves curating policy-relevant research agendas in collaboration with development leaders, overseeing competitive grant-making to answer critical questions, investing in research capacity, and strategically connecting research and ideas to inform decision-making by governments, NGOs, and the private sector.


CEGA values diversity and seeks to include people from under-represented groups on our team. Read our values statement.



Inclusivity is core to CEGA’s work. Since its founding in 2008, the Center has promoted inclusion in global development research by providing capacity building, mentorship and research funding opportunities for LMIC scholars and institutions. Our Global Networks portfolio—which currently includes the East Africa Social Science Translation Collaborative (EASST/CEGA Fellowship), Development Impact West Africa (DIWA), the Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE), the Collaboration for Inclusive Development Research (CIDR), and other initiatives—supports LMIC scholars in their use of cutting edge research tools and methods, empowering them to address empirical questions of interest to them and their communities. CIDR, in particular, aims to systematically document the state of inclusion in global development research while assessing the potential benefits (and costs) of promising inclusion strategies.


The Global Networks team seeks to achieve impact primarily through in-depth investments that build the research capacity of LMIC scholars and through funding policy-relevant research co-led by LMIC scholars. We do this by hosting residential and non-residential impact evaluation fellowships, organizing workshops and conferences, offering resources and remote learning opportunities, facilitating research collaborations across our various networks, and awarding small grants to LMIC scholars and institutions for research, policy engagement, and training activities.


Position Overview

Reporting to the Program Manager for Global Networks, the Associate will support a wide range of activities related to CEGA’s Global Networks portfolio. The Associate will work closely with the Special Projects Associate, as well as other teams at CEGA as appropriate. The Associate will also frequently collaborate with our growing network of scholars in East and West Africa. The position requires high attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work independently, flexibly, and effectively under tight deadlines and with diverse stakeholders. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:


Project Management and Administration

  • Coordinate fellowships for African scholars at UC Berkeley—including logistics (booking travel and accommodations, arranging visas), and communications.
  • Support fellows by coordinating seminars, arranging meetings with faculty, assisting with logistics for campus visits, and arranging housing/activities.
  • Circulate requests for proposals (RFPs) for research projects and inclusion efforts, coordinate peer review, and issue award letters.
  • Manage research awarding process and ongoing research to ensure that funded projects carried out in LMICs are implemented effectively, efficiently, and ethically.
  • Work with CEGA’s Operations team to set up subaward contracts, monitor progress, coordinate payments/invoicing, work with teams to extend or amend contracts as needed, track disbursements, and collect grantee reports and budgets.
  • Coordinate with LMIC partners (such as the Network of Impact Evaluation Researchers in Africa and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration) to ensure operational excellence of programs.


Event Coordination and Communications 

  • Provide logistical support for program-related conferences, trainings, seminars, and workshops (including the annual Africa Evidence Summit), working with the CEGA Events Associate and in-country partners as needed. This includes organizing planning meetings, arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries, agendas, reimbursement requests, and likely traveling internationally.
  • Develop event content, recruiting and liaising with speakers and participants, scoping venues, organizing catering, booking travel, and coordinating day-of logistics.
  • Support the dissemination of funded research, including drafting content for the CEGA website, blog posts, newsletters, and social media.


Monitoring and Evaluation 

  • Support program monitoring and evaluation for Global Networks programs, including collecting data on key performance indicators and contributing to quarterly performance reviews.
  • Ensure that CEGA’s Salesforce database is current and captures/informs program implementation.
  • Participate in some data collection, analysis, and dissemination efforts for CIDR, and the new Mastercard Foundation Scholars program evaluation, and other initiatives.


Center-wide and Professional Development

  • Participate in CEGA-wide activities, including internal working groups, performance management processes, and ongoing process documentation.
  • Proactively engage in professional development opportunities according to your areas of interest and alignment with programmatic goals.


Required Qualifications

  • BA in Development Studies, Economics, Global Health, Public Policy, Political Science, International Affairs, Public Health, or related discipline.
  • 1-3 years experience working for a non-profit or academic research institution, experience with project implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to scientific, evidence-led international development policy and capacity strengthening in LMICs.


Desired Qualifications                                                          

  • Capacity to manage work independently, multitask, and be responsive to tight deadlines;
  • Self-directed and intrinsically motivated, with strong skills in short-term planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -solving, and customer service;
  • Strong attention to detail, and positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty.
  • Experience with grants management, financial tracking, event planning;
  • Strong interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels;
  • Excellent proficiency in Microsoft and Google suites, and desire and ability to learn new systems quickly. Experience with databases and data management is preferred; Salesforce or other customer or donor database experience is a plus;
  • Familiarity with major problems and solutions to global poverty; as well as rigorous impact evaluation research methods;
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically and flexibly with diverse partners;
  • Experience living and working in an LMIC.


Salary & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $70,100 -$79,007


This is a one-year, full time contract position with possibility of renewal pending on performance and funding. Salary is commensurate with experience. For information on CEGA’s Compensation Model and the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit: 


Professional Development

CEGA invests in your professional development. In this role, you will learn, engage, and grow.

  • Learn: CEGA supports a culture of learning, with opportunities to attend weekly UC Berkeley Development Seminars and take classes for credit at UC Berkeley (Extension) with our generous tuition assistance program.
  • Engage: You will interact directly with CEGA senior leadership and staff across the center. You may have the opportunity to travel internationally.
  • Grow: You can expect to join a peer group eager to build institutional knowledge and pass on lessons learned.


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through the UC Berkeley jobs website. Please visit and search for Job ID# 69532. Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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) three academic and/or professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. This is not a visa opportunity.

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