Global TIES for Children is a university-based center with researchers across NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York. At New York University's Global TIES for Children we design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. Led by University Professors J. Lawrence Aber and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world's leading non-governmental organizations and with governments in low-income (LI) and conflict-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting the health, education, and social development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:
Generate actionable evidence to promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant "social settings" (i.e., classrooms, schools, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children's learning and well-being;
Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in LI and CA countries; and
Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.
Global TIES for Children organizes it's work under two different initiatives based on age range and areas of expertise: the Early Childhood Development in Emergencies and Conflict (ECDEC) initiative and the Primary Education and Learning in Emergencies (PELE) initiative. For both age ranges, Global TIES for Children has contributed to the development, validation, and adaptation of various measurements to assess development of children aged 0-12 across multiple domains. We now have the opportunity to expand this measurement work and focus on developing locally-reliable and globally-adaptable measures to assess learning through play for children in multiple contexts across multiple age groups.
About ECD in Emergency & Conflict
The global refugee crisis is the defining humanitarian issue of our time, with millions displaced due to conflict and war across the world. In addition, we know from decades of research that all children need nurturing care, a comforting routine, and opportunities to learn through play in the critical first years of life. Yet only about 2 percent of humanitarian assistance goes to education, and only a tiny sliver of that 2 percent to early childhood development services. Together with a number of partners, NYU Global TIES for Children has set out to support the development, and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services for young children. The Early Childhood Development in Emergency and Conflict (ECDEC) side of Global TIES for Children has been developing measures to assess learning through play as part of three projects: Ahlan Simsim, Play to Learn, and Learning through PLAY.
The Play to Learn initiative is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, BRAC, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide, and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Rohingya refugee families in Cox's Bazar. Ahlan Simsim is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, the IRC, and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide, and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Syrian refugee families in the Middle East. Learning through Play is ECDEC's newest project, in partnership with RTI International, to provide new ways to measure learning through play and help researchers understand how play contributes to holistic skills development in children.
Ahlan Simsim is implemented in three countries in the Middle East- Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq- and Play to Learn is implemented in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh, and Learning through Play has a multi-regional scope across the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. Play to Learn and Learning through Play are both funded by the LEGO Foundation and Ahlan Simsim is funded by the inaugural 100&Change award from the MacArthur Foundation.
The Research Assistant/Data Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Project Managing Director and Research Scientists with supporting various components of the research project and design across impact evaluations and studies simultaneously. The majority of the work will be quantitative in nature, but the ideal candidate should feel comfortable triangulating between theory, empirical findings, and qualitative findings.
Key tasks and responsibilities for the Research Assistant/Data Assistant include:
Supporting literature reviews
Supporting cleaning, analysis planning, and modeling decisions
Conducting data analysis
Writing methodological approaches and analysis findings into reports and academic journal articles, and supporting other aspects of report production
Contributing to writing as needed by projects
Qualifications and Required Skills
Demonstrated expertise needed for this position include but are not limited to:
Familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
Knowledge of relevant theory, empirical findings, and qualitative findings in this work
Experience in instrument design and measurement tools, specifically related to the experience of early childhood and primary school aged children
Experience working with data, specifically data cleaning, organizing, and analysis
Experience working with humanitarian and/or development contexts
The position will be based in New York City at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University
The position could begin as soon as September 1, 2021, though the start date is flexible.
Please be advised that an internal candidate will be under consideration for this position.
The following documents must be submitted via Interfolio:
Statement of Interest
3 professional references (full name, contact number and email address)
1 writing sample (preferably a thesis, chapter or published article).
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