NYU Global TIES for Children

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Data Assistant (NYU students only)

3EA/M | New York, NY | Part Time

Job Description

Project: Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action

Title: Data Assistant

Division/Department: Steinhardt/ IHDSC – Global TIES for Children

Work Location: New York University, Washington Square 

Work Schedule:Part-time / Hourly Student Appointment

Salary (Pay Range): $14/hour

Benefits Eligible: No

Start/End Date: March 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (renewable)

About 3EA

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Global TIES for Children at New York University have launched an ambitious new initiative aimed at improving the quality of education and children’s learning in crisis-affected countries, “Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action and Measurement” (3EA).

The 3EA partnership is designed to marry research with practice in order to rapidly generate rigorous evidence that stakeholders – NGOs, governments, communities, researchers, and funders - can use for program and policy decision making. The 3EA partnership includes two primary initiatives:

Impact: In Lebanon and Niger, we will conduct rapid-cycle randomized trials of low-intensity interventions targeted at improving children’s stress, executive functioning, and basic literacy/numeracy skills in emergency contexts. Measurement and Metrics: In the Middle East/North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) region, we will lead a consortium of research-practice partnerships to define a regional measurement research agenda and collaboratively develop the tools needed to assess children’s holistic learning and development (CHILD) and program implementation quality (PIQ). In the context of our 3EA partnership, we will focus on how technology can be applied to address challenges to high-quality data collection with children in crisis contexts.

Position Summary

The Data Assistant will support NYU Global TIES for Children’s Education in Emergencies, Evidence for Action (3EA) project by digitizing research documents containing data/information collected via paper surveys/forms. The candidate will report to the 3EA Project Director.


The Data Assistant will be responsible for operating data entry devices, such as a computers and tablets, to verify and input data collected from research. Your specific duties will be to:

  • Prepare and sort documents / data sheets for the purpose of data entry
  • Establish entry priorities by maintaining understanding of what data needs to be entered first
  • Check to make sure that accurate data has been entered into the database
  • Follow data program techniques and procedures to maintain data entry requirements
  • Verify entered data by reviewing, correcting, changing or deleting entered information
  • Secure entered information by creating data backups on a periodic basis
  • Confer with supervisor regarding incomplete information
  • Create and maintain trackers of entered and changed data
  • Check source documents against entered data to ensure data integrity at every stage
  • Locate and correct data entry errors, or report them to supervisors.
  • Compare data with source documents, or re-enter data in verification format to detect errors.
  • Maintain logs of activities and completed work.


The candidate must be a matriculating NYU student who is computer savvy and a fast typist with a keen eye for detail. Understanding of data confidentiality principles is compulsory. No prior knowledge is necessary, but a willingness to learn, attention to detail, experience with Excel and Google Sheets, and reliability are of the utmost importance. Candidate should have good time management skills and be self-directed.

The appointment will be from March 1 – August 31, 2018, with the potential for a one-year renewal pending satisfactory performance and budgetary approval.  The position is part-time. The selected candidate must be available to work 10-15 hours per week.

About Global TIES for Children

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 Larry Aber and Hiro Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 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.

Application Process

The position could begin as soon as March 1, 2018, though the start date is flexible. The position will be based in New York City at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University.

To Apply:

  • Required documents to upload:
    • Current CV/Resume
    • Letter of Interest
    • Two References (full name, contact number and email address)

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