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  • Posted: Sep 26, 2022
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    The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics is an advisory and research organization focused on evaluation and implementation of behavioral interventions in understudied countries and populations. Busara's mission is to work with researchers and organizations to advance and apply behavioral science in pursuit of poverty alleviation. This involves the applicat...
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    Research Specialist

    Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities

    Design and analyze experimental research projects in the experimental decision lab.

    • Lead experimental design for lab and field studies on a variety of internal and external projects.
    • Incorporate qualitative and quantitative methods, behavioral science, psychology, and economics into projects managed by Busara’s other divisions (Analysts, Labs team, Data and Programming and Operations teams).
    • Design lab and field research instruments in collaboration with lab staff and Busara’s other divisions.
    • Generate key research inputs, such as pre-analysis plans, experimental protocols, analysis code templates, and data check templates.
    • Provide ad-hoc technical support to large scale field, lab and consulting projects with leading academics and institutions.
    • Analyze data from experiments and transform data into graphs and other presentable output.

    Lead the delivery of research outputs:

    • Assist in producing and delivering reports and presentations of the research work for consulting clients.
    • Generate blog posts in collaboration with the communications department that communicates research output to a more general audience.
    • Generate high quality academic working papers and journal publications on Busara’s internal and external experimental research.
    • Contribute to building out of local academic networks
    • Attend and present Busara’s work at academic and practitioner conferences around the world.

    Support Lab (research arm) activities and organizational learning and development.

    • Support the production of research best-practice guides and tools for internal use.
    • Provide ad-hoc analysis and writing support for Lab business development, such as writing concept notes, generating graphs of meta-data etc. 
    • Provide structured mentorship and feedback to junior members of staff working closely with the RS on projects.
    • Manage Research Officers and contribute towards their learning and growth towards Research Specialist.
    • Contribute towards Busara’s internal and external training programs in experimental design and behavioral science, including designing and running workshops, conducting reading group sessions, and conducting online training. 

    Requirements: Necessary

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Sciences, or related fields.
    • Strong knowledge of experimental social science literature (economics, political science, psychology)
    • Experience designing lab and field experiments
    • Strong skills in statistics and programming (STATA, Python, R, Matlab)
    • Strong analytical and writing skills
    • 2+ years previous work experience in a related field
    • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player.
    • Interest and experience working in a fast-paced working environment.
    • Excellent communication and writing skills, with fluency in English.

    Requirements: Preferably

    • A Master’s degree or PhD in Economics, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Sciences, or related fields.
    • Experience managing or mentoring staff
    • Advanced statistics, research methods, or econometrics
    • Familiarity with and interest in behavioral science
    • Previous experience conducting research in developing countries

    Method of Application

    As applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the vacancy is filled, you are encouraged to submit your application soonest possible.

    Interested and qualified? Go to Busara Center on to apply

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