The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is the West Coast hub for research on global development. Headquartered at UC Berkeley, CEGA’s large, interdisciplinary research network—including a growing number of scholars from low- and middle-income countries—identifies and tests innovations designed to reduce poverty and promote development. Our researchers use rigorous methods as well as novel measurement tools—including wireless sensors, mobile data, and analytics—to evaluate complex programs. Through careful matchmaking, competitive grantmaking, and research dissemination, CEGA ensures that the research we produce is relevant, timely, and actionable to policymakers.

CEGA seeks a part-time (ad hoc) web developer (independent contractor) to support reorganization and reformatting upgrades as well as regular maintenance for a series of websites managed by the Center—including the main CEGA website and several independent websites (Faculty Director Edward Miguel’s personal website, Agriculture Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI), Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), Cost Transparency, others). The developer will provide support as needed and work directly with CEGA’s Director of Operations and select Program staff to conceptualize upgrades, implement them, troubleshoot outstanding issues, and provide routine maintenance and security support. Example projects range from developing new navigation categories (taxonomies), to transferring a custom CMS to Wordpress, to addressing basic formatting issues, to supporting navigability/accessibility enhancements. 

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a dynamic organization and several unique projects. We seek a contractor who can make a one year commitment.

Responsibilities

  • Migrate one existing website (custom CMS) to Wordpress and build a new website based on team needs.
  • Advise on technical requirements and limitations for webpage/website (re)mapping and high-level design.
  • Advise on UX, including webpage/website mapping (wireframing) and implement changes.
  • Provide ongoing, basic technical support and feature modifications, including testing and debugging websites, troubleshooting occasional glitches, adjustments to UI design and formatting. Examples include improvements to related content sections of Wordpress taxonomies and enhanced search functionality.
  • Support website navigability and accessibility, including for users with disabilities and slower internet access (load times).
  • General maintenance and plugin updates including implementing security and automated backup protocol, and maintaining backups (as needed).
  • Support integration of objects such as shinyapps and scrollytelling platforms.

Required Qualifications

The developer should have expertise in:

  • Wordpress
  • Git-based deployment, HTML, CSS, and PHP
  • Creating and working with relational databases
  • User Interface (UI) design
  • Developing custom forms
  • Website security and ability to reliably backup website data
  • Ability to connect remotely during Pacific time business hours
  • Strong communication skills; ability to effectively translate technical content to a lay audience
  • Ability to quickly and efficiently address technical issues

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using the WordPress plugin Advanced Custom Fields (strongly preferred)
  • Experience developing web platforms to support scientific research
  • Experience using project management platforms like Trello or Asana
  • Knowledge of R

Application Requirements 

Please submit a resume and 1-page max cover letter outlining your specific skills and fit for this role on CEGA's Submittable page.

The first review of applications is on October 1, 2020. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis thereafter. 

Request for Papers
Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE)

2021 Annual Meeting: August 11-13, 2021
Deadline for Submission: 11:59pm Pacific Time on Monday, June 7, 2021


About WGAPE
The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods. The group has met semi-annually to discuss the in-progress work of its core members and has invited guests since 2002. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (UCLA), Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley), Amanda Robinson (Ohio State University), and Amma Panin (University of Louvain), and hosted by the Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley. WGAPE is generously funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This annual meeting will take place online (over Zoom) August 11 - 13.


Meeting Information
WGAPE meetings center on research discussion sessions rather than presentations. Papers are circulated and expected to be read in advance by all participants. Presenters provide brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for an hour-long discussion of each paper or research design. WGAPE accepts working papers and research designs (see an archive of papers from past WGAPE meetings here).


Submitting Papers and Research Designs
Topic: We invite submissions that reflect WGAPE’s broad research agenda on the political economy of African development, including ethnic politics, civil conflict and violence, decentralization and democratization, corruption, local governance, public economics, and other related topics. Submissions outside of these areas are unlikely to be selected regardless of their quality. WGAPE commonly, but not exclusively, selects submissions with a strong focus on fieldwork and quantitative analysis. 

Categories: We invite submissions of 1) Working papers or 2) Research designs. Early-stage papers and research designs will be prioritized for selection. Highly polished papers are unlikely to be selected. Research design submissions should describe a fully planned study on topics relevant to WGAPE, as listed above. A suggested format for these submissions is the Pre-Analysis Plan (please find a template here). It is not necessary to fully reformat your Pre-Analysis Plan to fit the linked template, but a strong Pre-Analysis Plan will include the major elements listed in the template.

Eligibility: Anyone is welcome to apply, but graduate students, junior faculty, and applicants who teach, study, or have completed a degree at an African university are particularly encouraged. 


How to Submit
Submissions must include:

  • Paper or research design submission in PDF / Word format
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location

To submit your materials: Please fill out the fields below to apply by 11:59pm PT on June 7, 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified by early July and will be expected to attend the 3-day online workshop


Withdrawing or Amending your Application
If you have already applied for this RFP, and would either like to withdraw or amend your submission, please contact Michelle Layvant at wgapeworkshop@gmail.com.

For further information, please contact wgapeworkshop@gmail.com.

Center for Effective Global Action