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. 

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 work-in-progress of its core members and invited guests. Its spring West Coast regional meeting will be held on April 9-10 virtually (via Zoom). The deadline to submit papers to this regional meeting is:

    11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on Sunday, February 9, 2020.


The meeting will be held virtually from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm PST Friday, April 9 - Saturday, April 10. The meeting will be built around in-depth discussions of around seven to eight papers that are pre-circulated and expected to be read in advance. Each submission that is selected will receive a one-hour discussion slot at the meeting. Presenters provide little more than a few brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for discussion.
 


Submission Categories

We invite paper and research design 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. Experimental research with field data will be given priority. Graduate students and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for advanced PhD candidates to work on refining their job market papers.


We invite submissions in two categories:

1)    Paper submissions. These submissions can be works-in-progress. Only complete drafts are given consideration. Early-stage will be prioritized for inclusion. Highly polished papers are unlikely to be selected.

2)     Research design submissions. These submissions should describe a fully planned research study on topics relevant to WGAPE, as listed above. A suggested format for these submissions is the Pre-Analysis Plan; please find a template at this link. It is not necessary to reformat your Pre-Analysis Plan to fit the linked template, but a strong Pre-Analysis Plan will include the elements listed in the template.


The review committee will evaluate papers based on the quality of their design and execution, their fit with WGAPE’s traditional topics of interest, and their ability to generate productive discussion at the meeting.



Further Inquiries

Please contact Michelle Layvant at wgapeworkshop@gmail.com with any further questions. 

*** Deadline to submit papers is Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST

PacDev 2020 will take place on Friday, March 12, 2021. It is organized by UC San Diego but will be held virtually on Zoom.

When submitting your paper, please include the following:

  • Title
  • Name, co-authors
  • Paper abstract
  • Paper to upload


Only full papers will be reviewed. Please submit via this site by December 31, 2020. You will be notified of a decision by January 31, 2021.

Center for Effective Global Action