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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

The REAL Centre, at the Faculty of Education, is looking to appoint a Research Associate focus on Impact and Cost-Effectiveness in PAL Network programmes. The postholder will undertake quantitative analysis of secondary data collected by the PAL Network to establish the impact of their interventions as well as financial data to capture project costs and undertake cost-effectiveness analyses, with a focus on Kenya, Tanzania and Nepal. In addition, it will involve working with PAL network researchers on mutually agreed analysis drawing on their comparative learning data across countries. This is a collaborative project with the PAL Network, funded by the FCDO via the What Works Hub for Global Education.

The postholder will be responsible for supporting quantitative research related to assessing learning outcomes, and analysing impact and cost-effectiveness of educational interventions. Where relevant, this will include examination of datasets, data management, linking of financial data with monitoring and evaluation data and undertaking analysis. Review of relevant literature for the preparation of academic and non-academic outputs is essential. In particular, the role will involve analysis and write-up for co-publication of existing quantitative data that have been collected as part of ongoing projects.

The postholder is expected to work collaboratively with our team in Cambridge, as well as to work closely with our partner (the PAL Network) and funder. The post might involve some travel for research collaboration and dissemination in countries in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

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Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Ricardo Sabates Aysa (

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