Senior Staff Associate

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness in the Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 01

Position description

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness in the Earth Institute, Columbia University seeks to hire a Senior Staff Associate. 

The Senior Staff Associate will be responsible for assisting the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) Director and PI on a research project for whole child development and resiliency. The aim of the Fostering Whole child Development project is to better understand how government and civil society can create pathways out of adversity for children and youth at scale. The research initiative will involve close collaboration with the schools of education, international relations, social work, public health and law within CU. Externally, partnerships will be forged with child health, social protection and education actors in low- and middle-income countries, fragile states and conflict-affected settings. The initial focus of the project will be on five countries: Colombia, Haiti, India, Kenya and Peru. The Sr. Staff Associate will work closely with the NCDP Director and PI to aid in development and implementation of global measurement tools within the 5 countries of focus. S/he will also be responsible to collect, and organize research data and conduct literature review. 
Specific responsibilities will include assisting to develop global measurement tools and research design to facilitate, support and implement child resilience initiative in adverse environments.  


Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position:

A Bachelors degree in public health, international development, international studies, international relations or related field.  

A Master's degree in any of the aforementioned fields may substitute for two years of work experience. 

Specific Skills for the position: 

Field-based research experience in a combination of low- or middle-income countries, fragile states and/or conflict-affected settings 

Expertise with quantitative and qualitative research methods, including study design, measurement and analysis. 

Deep knowledge of child resilience in a global context. 

Excellent communication, presentation and organization skills.  Preferred Qualifications:Bilingual skills in French, Spanish, Swahili or a native language of India is a preference but not required.  

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