Global TIES for Children is a university-based center with researchers across NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York. 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 J. Lawrence Aber and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world's leading non-governmental organizations and with governments in low-income (LI) and conflict-affected (CA) 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; and
Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities.
Global TIES for Children primarily organizes its work under two different initiatives: the Early Childhood Development in Emergencies and Conflict (ECDEC) initiative and the Primary Education and Learning in Emergencies (PELE) initiative. For both age ranges, Global TIES for Children has contributed to the development, validation, and adaptation of various measurements to assess development of children aged 0-12 across multiple domains. We now have the opportunity to expand this measurement work and focus on developing locally-reliable and globally-adaptable measures to assess learning through play for children in multiple contexts across multiple age groups.
About ECD in Emergency & Conflict
The global refugee crisis is the defining humanitarian issue of our time, with millions displaced due to conflict and war across the world. In addition, we know from decades of research that all children need nurturing care, a comforting routine, and opportunities to learn through play in the critical first years of life. Yet only about 2 percent of humanitarian assistance goes to education, and only a tiny sliver of that 2 percent to early childhood development services. Together with a number of partners, NYU Global TIES for Children has set out to support the development, and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services for young children. The Early Childhood Development in Emergency and Conflict (ECDEC) side of Global TIES for Children has been developing measures to assess learning through play as part of three projects: Ahlan Simsim, Play to Learn, and Learning through PLAY.
The Play to Learn initiative is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, BRAC, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide, and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Rohingya refugee families in Cox's Bazar. Ahlan Simsim is a partnership between Sesame Workshop, the IRC, and NYU Global TIES for Children to develop, provide, and evaluate high-quality early childhood development services and mass media for young children in Syrian refugee families in the Middle East. Learning through Play is ECDEC's newest project, in partnership with RTI International, to provide new ways to measure learning through play and help researchers understand how play contributes to holistic skills development in children.
Ahlan Simsim is implemented in three countries in the Middle East- Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq- and Play to Learn is implemented in Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh, and Learning through Play has a multi-regional scope across the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. Play to Learn and Learning through Play are both funded by the LEGO Foundation and Ahlan Simsim is funded by the inaugural 100&Change award from the MacArthur Foundation.
The Research Coordinator will be responsible for assisting Research Scientists and Research Associates with all aspects of research management, measurement selection, data collection (e.g., coding tablets to facilitate the smooth, clean transfer of data from the field), data verification, management, and analysis tasks. The position includes providing research support for a study on measuring experiences of play of children aged 0-5 across several contexts (teacher-child interactions in centers and preschools; parent-child interactions in homes). The majority of the research will be quantitative in nature, but the ideal candidate should feel comfortable triangulating between theory, empirical findings, and qualitative findings.
*an internal candidate is being considered for this position
The Research Coordinator will be supporting active involvement in all stages of research management and data analysis, including:
Supporting and writing literature reviews
Supporting the planning of logistical and operational needs of the research
Helping to develop research instruments and training protocols
Supporting data quality check, cleaning, and management
Coordinating data collection in the field
Cleaning, organizing, and conducting data analysis (qualitative, quantitative & psychometrics)
Writing methodological approaches and analysis findings into reports for dissemination
Liaising with project management team members on planning and logistics of research activities
The Research Coordinator will report directly to the Research Scientist on the project.
Candidates who hold a degree in a relevant social science field (e.g., human development, psychology, international education, international development, public policy, public/global health) and have 1-2 years of professional experience in implementing research projects in low-and middle-income countries and/or humanitarian contexts. Specifically, experience and expertise is preferred in:
Measurement theory and methods to conduct measure development, adaptation, and validation, especially in the measurement of play and/or teacher-child interactions in preschool and/or primary school;
Building out survey or data collection systems using data collection software programs/applications (e.g., Qualtrics, Kobo, Survey CTO, Ona, Tangerine);
Training of enumerators/data collectors to ensure data quality;
Data management and statistical analysis using Mplus, STATA, SAS, SPSS, or R;
Ability to work independently, and in a multidisciplinary, multi-country team;
Excellent organization skills and attention to detail;
Strong command of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; EndNote; Google suite (including mail, calendar, etc.).
Excellent written and oral language skills in English; and
Additional language skills strongly preferred, especially Arabic and/or Bangla
The position offers a competitive salary, paid time off, and a comprehensive benefits package as well as support for travel costs and conference travel related to study activities.
The position could begin as soon as October 1, 2021, though the start date is flexible. We are looking for someone who is available for a minimum one-year commitment, with the potential for a one-year renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and budgetary approval.
The following documents must be submitted via Interfolio:
Statement of Interest
3 professional references (full name, contact number and email address)
For people in the EU, click here for information on your privacy rights under GDPR: www.nyu.edu/it/gdpr
NYU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its recruitment and hiring process without regard to age, alienage, caregiver status, childbirth, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, domestic violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, partnership status, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, race, religion, reproductive health decision making, sex, sexual orientation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.
NYU aims to be among the greenest urban campuses in the country and carbon neutral by 2040. Learn more at nyu.edu/sustainability
New York University requires that all community members (students and employees) be in compliance with NYU's COVID vaccination policy for the 2021-2022 academic year. This offer of employment is contingent upon compliance with the University's policy regarding the COVID-19 vaccination and, in order to commence employment, requires a University approved upload of a vaccination record OR a University approved medical/religious exemption. Those who receive a conditional offer of employment on or after August 1, 2021 are required to upload a valid vaccination record or they must obtain an appropriate medical or religious exemption before they can commence employment at their US-based NYU work location
Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.