You should be an RA in Sierra Leone

Researchers at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) are seeking a field-based Research Assistant (RA) to coordinate and manage a criminal justice sector evaluation in Sierra Leone.

The RA will manage a large quantitative survey of the impact of paralegals
in prisons and police stations in Sierra Leone as implemented by a local
NGO, Timap for Justice. The evaluation is funded by the Open Society Justice
Initiative ( and administered by the Centre for
the Study of African Economies (

The nationwide survey will be spread across 15 – 20 sites and will require
that the RA spend a significant part of time per month at field sites
throughout the country. In addition the RA will perform a variety tasks
including: managing survey teams, cleaning and analyzing data, coordinating
with local partners, and ensuring the successful execution of the

RAs typically have a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, political science, or
other related fields, and some experience in evaluations or survey work; and
excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills. Knowledge of
statistics and STATA or other data analysis software is preferred but not
necessary, as is prior experience living or working in a developing country.

Candidates may also have an opportunity to engage in qualitative and
ethnographic field work, and the design and management of the intervention

Remuneration is $1,500 USD per month, not including travel, health costs,
and all local travel and logistics. Costs covered include cell phone time, internet time, nights in the field and other needs required to successfully implement  and monitor the evaluation. One trip home for 2-3 weeks is also included for those with a contract length of 6 months or longer.

Interested candidates should send a copy of their CV and a cover letter to
Bilal Siddiqi at and Grant Gordon at as soon as possible, indicating their availability.
Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Under the direction of Economist Paul Collier, The Centre for the
Study of African Economies has been undertaking research on Africa for
more than a decade, and has become one of the largest concentrations
of academic economists and social scientists working on Africa outside
the continent itself. It is part of the Department of Economics under
the Social Sciences Division at Oxford University. Its research is
currently funded by the Gates Foundation, the ESRC, DfID, UNIDO and
the World Bank.

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