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Research Intern – ECD + Livelihoods for Refugees

Support for Evidence Review on Early Childhood Development and Livelihood Interventions in Refugee Settings

This is a three-month, part-time remote research position (mid-September to mid-December 2021) reporting to CEGA Staff Scientist Liz Brown. We are flexible on timing, geographic location, and level of effort (LOE) during the project period.

Position Overview:

CEGA seeks a research intern to support a rapid evidence review for interventions designed to improve early child development (ECD) and youth employment outcomes among refugees and their host communities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The intern will work closely with CEGA Staff Scientist Liz Brown, Senior Research Associate Sarah Stillman, and a consultant 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.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support core research team in developing/fine-tuning evidence map;
  • Support the following activities of the literature search:
    • Development and implementation of the search strategy,
    • Screening of documents based on title, abstract and full text,
    • Data extraction,
    • Qualitative data analysis,
    • Writing final reports for the evidence map and the rapid review.
  • Manage and organize bibliography and other project materials;
  • Coordinate with UC Berkeley library staff;
  • Conduct interviews with key stakeholders;
  • Participate in donor meetings.

Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate (junior or senior) or Graduate Student studying global development, social science, public policy, or other relevant field;
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to tight deadlines;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to change.
  • Familiarity with systematic reviews, meta-analyses, evidence gap maps, and/or rapid reviews.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Training in statistics and econometrics;
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental methods, and cost-effectiveness analysis;
  • Familiarity with the evidence base on early childhood development, livelihoods, youth employment, and/or forced displacement;
  • Familiarity with issues facing urban refugees, their host communities, and the national, subnational, and international actors working to address these issues;
  • Experience with Zotero and/or EPPI-Reviewer;
  • Experience working in a research capacity in LMICs.

Compensation and How to Apply:

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

To apply, send an email with your CV attached to We will begin reviewing applications on Friday, September 10th 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 (September – December 2021). Use the subject line “Application for CEGA Research Internship” so we don’t miss your application.


Submissions Deadline

Sep 10 2021 @ 11:59 pm

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