Afghanistan Program Manager, Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence
Los Angeles, CA, US
Start date: December 2013
The Political Science Department at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is currently seeking a Manager to oversee a new capacity building program focusing on promoting the use of evidence by policy decision-makers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India. The three-year program, "Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence: Towards a Culture of Evidence-Based Policy," (BCURE), is funded by the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID). The successful candidate will support the implementation of this project at UCLA, working closely with a team at Harvard University (the Evidence for Policy Design program), and serving as the lead manager overseeing program activities in Afghanistan. The position offers an opportunity to work closely with economists and political scientists doing empirical research in international development. The Manager will be based in Los Angeles but may have the option of travel to field locations.
The Program Manager will work closely with Professor Michael Callen at UCLA overseeing the execution of this capacity building project and related projects.
- Program management, including oversight of program finances and resources, ensuring timely submission of program deliverables, and coordinating with program partners on all activities at UCLA and for the Afghanistan component of the program
- Manage and oversee all agreements and contracts with partner organizations in Afghanistan, and serve as primary liaison for the Afghanistan in-country team
- Ensure timely delivery of all planned program outputs in Afghanistan to DFID
- Contribute to monitoring, evaluation and reporting in collaboration with the Program Management Team at Harvard
- Ensure compliance with all University protocols related to sponsored research
- Provide management oversight to research staff, including U.S.-based and field staff
- Manage Institutional Review Board approval process (as needed), to ensure ethical practices related to the use of human subjects in research
- Serve as the principal point-of-contact for all project-related inquiries and communications at UCLA
- Participate in regular management team meetings with the research team at UCLA, Harvard, and occasionally other partner organizations
- Managing travel and reimbursements from UCLA and other organizations for the research team
- Assistance in writing grant proposals
- Tracking, completing, and submitting grant requirements on additional grants
- Overseeing payments to contractors in Afghanistan and potentially other program countries
- Other duties, as required
- Two to three years of experience in project or grants management
- Master's degree in public policy, international development or related field and three to four years of related experience. (Bachelor’s degree candidates will be considered in exceptional cases.)
- Proven management and administrative skills, including financial management and budgeting.
- Strong interest in public policy and economic development.
- Excellent English oral and written communication skills. Computer literacy (including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and computer research skills are vital.
- Some travel may be required.
- We are looking for an initial commitment period of two years for this position
Preferred Qualifications: The candidate should be well organized, able to prioritize, have excellent attention to detail and be able to manage multiple assignments simultaneously. The position requires strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact well with faculty, staff, and project partners in developing countries. Coursework in development economics, empirical methods, including econometrics and quantitative economics is a plus. Familiarity with randomized controlled trials is a plus.
How to Apply: If you are interested, please email email@example.com with the subject line "Afghanistan Program Manager", your CV, academic transcript, and a statement of interest.