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Associate in Research /Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow – DevLab@Duke

The Duke Development Economics Lab (DevLab@Duke) is hiring one or more Associates in Research/ Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows (RAs) to begin ASAP to work with Erica Field, Professor of Economics and DevLab@Duke Director, and co-PIs on applied micro-economic development research directed at informing public policy in low-income countries. This position may have a significant focus on Dr. Field’s research portfolio in Pakistan.

The RA’s primary duties include data cleaning and management, as well as assisting with statistical and econometric analysis on a variety of international projects. They will also participate in the design and implementation of survey instruments used to collect data from fieldprojects. In ensuring quality fieldwork, they will act as liaisons between the field team and the PIs. They will be expected to assist with drafting initial results, reports for funders and other stakeholders, conference presentations, and research papers. The RA will occasionally help with composition of grant proposal preparation and other related documents. When needed, the RA will travel to the field to help launch and manage field projects, as well as to familiarize themselves with these projects. They will be selected based on their demonstrated interest in development economics, which may include coursework, research projects, or past research assistant positions in this field. The RA position typically lasts one year, during which the RA will work alongside the PIs in developing their own research interests and expertise in development economics.

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Research Coordinator – BIGD (Bangladesh)

The BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)  is hiring one full-time field Research Coordinator (RC) starting in December to support an on-going study of the Kishoree Kontha project, evaluating the effects of a variety of training and conditional transfer packages on girls’ marriage outcomes and economic opportunities.

When it comes to education, social mobility, and marriage choices, adolescent girls in Bangladesh appear to face numerous barriers. In recent years, school enrollment rates have improved, but girls are still often forced to drop out of school, to be married off at a young age. While some female-empowerment programs focus on rights-based campaigns or skill-building activities within the community, little is known about the relative costs and effects these different programs have on the social and economic empowerment of adolescent girls.

In 2007, researchers worked with the Bangladesh office of Save the Children USA to implement a broad range of interventions aimed at empowering adolescent girls in southern Bangladesh. The Kishoree Kontha (KK) project operates through small peer-led sessions in Safe Spaces (spaces within a community where adolescent girls can safely meet on a regular basis). Out of a sample of 460 target villages, 307 villages were randomly selected to receive one of four intervention packages. The remaining villages serve as the comparison group.