NYU Global TIES for Children

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Quantitative Research Assistant (NYU Graduate Students Only)

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

Job Description

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

Title: Hourly Quantitative Research 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): $20/hour

Benefits Eligible: No

Start/End Date: Immediately – May 31, 2018*, June 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018*

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

About 3EA

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Global TIES for Children at New York University (NYU) 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 Quantitative Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Project Director and TIES Associate Director for Research in Conflict-Affected Countries data cleaning and analysis 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: data cleaning, organization, measurement modeling, analysis and interpretation, and writing up of project findings into reports. Opportunities for an independent project with 3EA data and future co-authorship for journal articles can be discussed.


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

  • Supporting data verification, management, and cleaning
  • Supporting measurement modeling: testing factor structure, invariance across treatment groups, time points, and multiple countries
  • Supporting other correlational analysis
  • Writing up findings into reports


The candidate must be working towards an MA degree in developmental science, human development, educational psychology, international education, international development, applied statistics, or a related social science field at New York University. 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. Relevant data management and analytic skills, including experience cleaning, organizing, and describing data in R, as well as proficiency in structural equation modeling using Mplus software are required. 


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.


Application Process

The position is open to NYU graduate students only and is available ASAP in the Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University. 

To Apply:

  • Visit: https://www.jsco.re/1v9g3
  • Create a user profile and complete the application process
  • Required documents to upload:
    • Current CV/Resume
    • Upload a consolidated PDF as your cover letter that includes:
      • Letter of Interest
      • Writing Sample (Relevant statistical class work is acceptable)
      • 2 References (include full name, email, and telephone number)

This is a part-time position (15-20 hours per week) paid on an hourly basis, with compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position starts in immediately. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/global-ties/

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