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Research Associate, Ethiopia Project

Position Deleted on 6/19/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Cambridge, MA
Admin - Laboratory and Research
Full Time

School/Unit: Harvard Kennedy School

Duties & Responsibilities
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) seeks a Research Associate to contribute to the Indicators in Justice and Safety Project in Ethiopia. The Ethiopia work is part of a larger project that operates in 5 countries and involves action research in collaboration with leaders of criminal justice agencies, international development organizations, donor agencies, and NGOs, to develop and implement simple, affordable, and reliable governance measures and systems of indicators for use by national and regional justice system leaders.

For more information about the Indicators in Justice and Safety Project, please visit:

The Research Associate will have project management and coordination responsibilities for the Ethiopia Project, serving as liaison to the project participants in government, NGOs, as well as donor and development organizations. Working closely with the Ethiopia Project Manager as well as a Research Assistant who will be based full time in Addis Ababa, the incumbent will manage relationships and prepare materials for meetings, briefings and workshops. The Research Associate will participate in regular field research (about 5-6 visits to Ethiopia in 12 months), work with administrative and survey data, coordinate and attend meetings/workshops, and author/edit knowledge products, which include opportunities for publishing. The Research Associate will join other PCJ representatives in meetings with funders, national and local governments and civil society partners.

Basic Qualifications
A master's degree in public policy, public administration, sociology, social science, law or related is required. Prior experience in project work is necessary. Minimum three years' relevant training or experience in criminal justice systems and comparative criminal justice required. Ability to regularly travel internationally to Ethiopia for research is required.

Additional Qualifications
Experience working with statistical analysis tools or complex databases, particularly SPSS is highly desirable. Prior work in developing countries is advantageous as is experience working with bi-lateral donor agencies. Training and/or experience in quantitative and qualitative research is advantageous. Experience in collaborative research is helpful. Fluency in one or more foreign languages helpful. The Research Associate is a professional who can demonstrate competencies working with diverse partners across government and civil society. The Research Associate has demonstrated ability to write engagingly and persuasively for professional and general audiences, exhibit curiosity about the relationship between research and practice, and tolerate diversity in goals for justice and safety. Excellent communication and organizational skills required. Requires ability to work effectively and respectfully with a broad range of partners in government and civil society and across all levels of practitioners. Ability to work both independently as well as part of a highly functioning team is essential.

Additional Information
Applications preferred by Monday, April 8th.

Preferred Start date is May 2013.

This position is a fully benefits eligible, one-year term appointment ending May 13, 2014, with the possibility of renewal.

Please upload your resume and cover letter as one document.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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