Research Assistant, Ark Education Partnerships Group

ARK Schools

Location: Ark’s London office with international travel
Contract: Fixed term 1 year

About Ark’s Education Partnerships Group

The magnitude of the learning crisis in developing countries is increasingly acute and increasingly visible. Year after year cohorts of children leave primary school without being able to read. Without functional literacy or numeracy children are unable to benefit from further years of schooling and their life chances are seriously limited. It shouldn’t be like this and it doesn’t have to be like this. Almost every child can learn to read with the right teaching, resources and encouragement but too many children – especially those from poor communities – do not attend schools that provide these conditions. 

EPG, an Ark venture, exists to ensure that every child receives an excellent education regardless of their background. We provide services and support to governments in developing countries to help strengthen education systems through smarter accountability and effective partnerships with non-state schooling sector. We work at global, national, and sub-national level to  improve the capacity and policy environment required to deliver high quality education; and to build a high quality and competitive market of non-state school operators able to partner with government to serve disadvantaged communities.  

About the Role

Research and evidence are at the heart of EPG’s work. We have:

  • Collaborated with JPAL on a large-scale field experiment on school accountability in Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Commissioned a randomized evaluation by IPA of Liberia’s public-private partnership in primary schooling
  • Led a five-year randomized trial of a school voucher programme in Delhi
  • Helped the Ugandan National Examinations Bureau create new value-added measures of school performance
  • Commissioned scoping studies of non-state education provision in Kenya and Uganda

Reporting to the Head of Research and Evaluation, the Research Assistant will contribute to EPG’s work through a mixture of background research, data analysis, writing, and organizational activities. S/he will support and participate in ongoing and future academic research projects and EPG project monitoring and evaluation activities.

The role is based in Ark’s London office with some international travel.

The successful candidate will perform a range of research, data analysis, and coordination duties, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct literature and data searches for ongoing research projects.
  • Organize data, provide descriptive statistics, and run other statistical analysis using Stata and preparing publication quality graphics
  • Collaborate with EPG’s project team to draft blogs, policy briefs, and notes on research findings.
  • Support EPG’s project team in the design and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Provide technical support and testing on the development of value-added models of school quality
  • Coordination and update of the EPG/GSF research repository
  • Organise internal research and policy seminars
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree in international development, economics, political science, public policy, or a related field.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competence and experience conducting quantitative research. Experience with statistical software desired.
  • Familiarity with current issues, actors and debates in global education
  • Proven ability to be a team player and to successfully manage multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, all while maintaining a good sense of humor.
  • Outstanding organization and time management skills, with an attention to detail.
  • Essential software skills: Microsoft Office (specifically Excel) and Stata
  • Experience working in developing country contexts or international education policy -- a plus
  • Experience designing or supporting the implementation of research evaluations and interpreting data -- a plus
  • Fluency or advanced language capabilities in French -- a plus

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter via our online application portal  by 11am on the 21st October 2017