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Short-term (Student) Research Consultant

CEGA seeks a (student) research consultant to undertake a rapid evidence review for interventions designed to improve early child development and youth employment outcomes among refugees and their host communities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This is a five-month, part-time position (July – November 2021), ideally for a current or recent graduate student. We are flexible on timing, geographic location, and level of effort (LOE) during the project period.

Position Overview

The consultant will work closely with CEGA Staff Scientist Liz Brown and Senior Research Associate Sarah Stillman to map relevant interventions before reviewing existing evidence of the impacts, costs and cost-effectiveness of each. The evidence review will be supplemented by a series of interviews with key academic and non-profit stakeholders. Ultimately, the CEGA team will produce a report for a large US foundation summarizing what is known and not known about interventions in this space, with the potential to inform major program and research funding decisions. This review is part of a larger effort by CEGA to design and implement a research agenda around forced displacement in LMICs.

About CEGA

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research on global development. Headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley, our large, interdisciplinary network–including a growing number of scholars from LMICs–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 brings an extensive network of faculty and partners with significant expertise in forced displacement and its intersection with key topics such as education, health, integration, and labor. 

CEGA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion – please read our values statement here.


  • Current or recent graduate student (MA or PhD) in economics, political science, public policy, development practice, or a related field required;

  • Training in statistics, microeconomics, and econometrics required;

  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental methods, and cost-effectiveness analysis required;

  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to tight deadlines;

  • Familiarity with the evidence base on early childhood development, livelihoods, youth employment, and/or forced displacement strongly preferred;

  • Familiarity with issues facing urban refugees, their host communities, and the national, subnational, and international actors working to address these issues strongly preferred;

  • Experience working in a research capacity in LMICs strongly preferred.

Compensation and How to Apply

Compensation is commensurate with experience and the final agreed-upon scope of work. Payment will be made via stipend, in two installments.

To apply, send an email with your CV attached to We will begin reviewing applications on Tuesday, June 29th and will continue to review them until the position is filled. In the body of your email, please briefly describe your interest in the position, as well as your relevant qualifications and availability during the project period (July – November 2021). Use the subject line “Application for CEGA Research Consultant Position” so we don’t miss your application.

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