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Manager, International Research

Research | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

Sesame Workshop is seeking a Manager, International Research. The manager’s work will focus on Sesame Workshop’s humanitarian initiatives, supporting programming for children, caregivers, and early childhood education practitioners in the Middle East (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria) and Bangladesh. Funded through 2023, the position is based in New York City with occasional travel. The Manager of Research and Evaluation will be responsible for supporting research and evaluation of a large-scale early childhood development program that leverages the power of play-based learning to help children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

The right candidate will have experience conducting high-quality research focused on early childhood development and education and some experience assisting with large, complex research projects and budgets.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Support the design and coordination of research across countries to ensure common understanding of the needs and goals of research work and ensure a high standard of research reports
  • Support evaluation work across international projects, overseeing implementation where possible; communicate with funder to ensure research is realistic and of expected quality
  • Support in-country teams’ research capacity as necessary, including working closely with teams to design formative and summative studies that are timely and relevant
  • Work with in-country and Sesame Workshop teams to develop Monitoring & Evaluation plans
  • Ensure a high-quality standard in all research products and communicate findings in an accessible way to Sesame Workshop teams and external audiences to inform future creative, programmatic, distribution, and funding decisions
  • Coordinate with Education, Production, Outreach, and Communications teams in headquarters (NYC) and co-production hubs to disseminate research findings
  • Support Sesame Workshop research team with administrative tasks as needed


Qualifications

Required

  • 1-3+ years of experience in a Research or in a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) role with an international organization
  • Bachelors’ degree in in Education, Child Development, Educational Psychology or similar field with an international focus emphasis
  • Experience collaborating on research in the Middle East and/or South Asia
  • Fluency in a language from the countries mentioned above
  • Experience working with and researching children and the adults who care for them
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods, and ability to leverage both to communicate program impact
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office and internet navigation
  • Excellent organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and the ability to manage time effectively, track and follow-up on various tasks, and multi-task
  • Excellent communication and relationship management skills
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-cultural settings


Desired

  • Command of statistics and experience with statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, R)


Program Information

Sesame Workshop has been awarded a $100 million grant from the LEGO Foundation to support a new early childhood development initiative for millions of children affected by the Rohingya and Syrian refugee crises. The 5-year program will leverage the power of learning through play, providing communities affected by refugee crises access to vital early learning opportunities. Together with BRAC and the IRC, we will reach displaced and host community children and their caregivers in Bangladesh and the Syrian response region through direct services and mass media programming. The program will also include robust research and advocacy components aimed at identifying best practices for play-based learning in humanitarian response and encouraging sustainable investment in early childhood development.