Research Associate - Empowering Girls in Rural Bangladesh - BRAC University

Organization:
Country:
  • Bangladesh
Education:
  • Bachelor's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • Bangla
Length of Commitment:
One year

Title: Senior Research Assistant/Research Associate (based on experience)

Project Location(s): James P. Grant School of Public Health (BRAC University), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Project background

The James P. Grant School of Public Health is looking to hire one full-time senior research assistant to help 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.

The research team seeks a qualified RA to support the implementation of a phone and in-person survey to measure the impact of a girls’ empowerment and conditional incentive project. 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 started working with the Bangladesh office of Save the Children USA to implement a broad range of interventions aimed at empowering adolescent girls in southern Bangladesh. 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. The four intervention packages were:

  1. Empowerment: This package provides literacy and numeracy training for illiterate girls, as well as study support and educational mentoring for school-going girls. It also provides social competency training, which includes information on health, rights, and general negotiation and social skills.
  2. Financial Incentive: This package provides financial incentives to delay marriage to the parents of young adolescent girls for as long as they are unmarried until the legal age of marriage (18). All girls in targeted villages, between 15 and 17 years old, were eligible to receive cooking oil worth $16 per year, on the condition that they remain unmarried.
  3. Full Package: This includes Empowerment + Financial Incentive.

The Principal Investigators for this project are Erica Field (Duke University), Rachel Glennerster (University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy), Nina Buchmann (Stanford University), Katherine Vyborny (Duke University) and Xiao Yu Wang (Duke University).

Core Activities:

The senior research assistant will:

  • Implement all design and questionnaires changes in Bangla
  • Develop field work schedules for phone and in-person surveys in consultation with the research team
  • Supervise the data collection process and manage the enumerators
  • Develop quality control protocols with support from the research team
  • Report to the PIs and RC about the data collection progress
  • Provide advice to the PIs and RC on how to resolve challenges in the field

Total amount to be contracted: Minimum 35,000 BDT per month. Based on experience. 

Timeline: The position is available immediately and up to 12 months based on performance.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, business or other quantitative social science disciplines.
  • A minimum of 1-year of work experience is required. Experience managing surveys and field staff in Bangladesh strongly preferred.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills; ability to successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines required.
  • Communication Skills: attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills are required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English and Bangla required.

How to Apply

Individuals interested in applying for this consultancy must submit their CV in English or Bangla to Sara Pratico ([email protected]) as soon as possible.