NYU Global TIES for Children

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Hourly Project Assistant (Open to Current NYU Students Only)

Operations | New York, NY | Part Time

Job Description

Project: Education in Emergencies: Evidence for Action (3EA) 

Title: Hourly Project Assistant

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

Reports to: Larry Aber, Principal Investigator 

Work Location: New York University, Washington Square

Work Schedule: Part-time (15-20 hrs/week) 

Salary (Pay Range): $15 / hour 

Benefits Eligible: No 

Start/End Date: January 3, 2018 – May 31, 2018*

*Position may continue beyond May 31, 2018, pending funding and satisfactory performance.


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” (3EA).

The 3EA initiative will implement a set of contextually appropriate, low-cost interventions targeted at improving children’s stress, executive functioning, and basic literacy skills in three emergency contexts: Lebanon, with Syrian refugee children; Niger, with refugee and internally displaced children fleeing Boko Haram; and Sierra Leone, with children affected by the Ebola crisis. We will then rigorously evaluate the interventions in order to generate actionable evidence on the following research questions:

Which interventions most effectively improve primary school-aged children’s literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional learning (SEL) outcomes in emergency contexts? What are the pathways of influence through which these programs operate? For which populations, at what cost, and under what circumstances are interventions feasible and most effective?

Position Summary

The Project Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Project Director and TIES Associate Director for Research in Conflict-Affected Countries with literature review, data collection preparation, data management support tasks.

This is a part-time position (15-20 hours per week) paid on an hourly basis.

The position includes providing research support for several activities, including: organizing an formatting data collection materials, reports, publication child and teachers’ outcomes and educational settings; data collection activities, including programming tablets for data collection; data cleaning, organization, analysis and interpretation; and writing up of project findings into reports and academic journal articles.


The Project Assistant will report to the TIES Associate Director for Research in Conflict-Affected Countries and is responsible for assisting with the following:

  • Supporting data management and cleaning
  • Formatting documents for publication and reports
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • If French or Arabic fluent, assisting with translation and interpretation of materials
  • Other administrative/research support duties as needed


The candidate must be working towards an undergraduate degree in developmental science, human development, educational psychology, international education, international development, applied statistics, or a related social science field. Ability to work well independently and in a multidisciplinary, multi-country team; excellent organization skills and attention to detail; and excellent oral and written communication skills necessary. Working knowledge and experience in formatting and working with documents in MS Office Word and Excel, and excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Relevant analytic skills, including experience cleaning, organizing, and describing data in STATA or R software, is preferred. French or Arabic proficiency is desirable.

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 and with governments in low-income and conflict-affected 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;
  • Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.

To Apply
The position is available ASAP in the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University. 

The position is only open to current New York University (NYU) students. Interested student candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and two references via this portal.
This is a part-time position (20 hours per week) paid on an hourly basis, with compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position starts in January 2018. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/global-ties/

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