Casual Research Assistant

The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) is looking for a Casual Research Assistant to undertake work for the Summer (July to September 2018) on projects with Mahreen Mahmud and her co-authors Giovanna d’Adda (University of Milan), Kate Orkin (Oxford), Emma Riley (Oxford), Farah Said (Lahore School of Economics) and Diego Ubfal (Bocconi University).

The main project is a Randomised Control Trial in Kenya which tests if a combination of interventions alleviating economic pressures and changing norms around women’s place in society lead to greater positive effects on women’s empowerment than either alone.

This role will be paid at the standard research assistant rate of £14.80/hour plus holiday pay of £1.79 = total of £16.59/hour.

The RA should be based in Oxford for the duration of the contract.


  • Conduct data cleaning and analysis.
  • Review and report on academic literature, empirical and theoretical.
  • Administrative tasks to support fieldwork or the general lab.
  • Supervision of field or other staff.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged only against the criteria that are set out below but need not fulfil all criteria to apply.

  • Master's Degree or equivalent in economics, public policy, development studies with a quantitative focus. Candidates nearing completion of their Master's degree will also be considered.
  • Ability to innovate and work effectively with colleagues.
  • Ability to carry out independent quantitative research, including strong writing skills and excellent skills in statistics/econometrics.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially those necessary to communicate effectively to relevant academic and non-academic audiences using a range of media.

Applicants should be:

  • Willing to take responsibility for each stage of the process of delivering an output.
  • Systematic, thorough and well-organised with the ability to work on a variety of tasks simultaneously and manage unpredictable volumes of work.
  • Energetic, proactive, meticulous, thorough and reliable, with a flexible, can-do approach, self-motivated and resilient.
  • Keen to build, contribute to, and collaborate within a research group, including attending lab meetings, contributing to building shared resources and enabling the development of other team members.

Instructions for Applicants

To apply, please email CSAE Behavioural Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with the subject line Application for Gender Summer RA.

In your covering email, please state your availability for work and which areas of research you are interested in.

Please attach:

  • a ½ page description of your research interests and dissertation/extended essay topic and future plans.
  • a CV.
  • a .do file from a dissertation or project.

Applications from both PhD students and MSc/MPhil students are encouraged. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you are currently writing exams but are interested, please send an email indicating your interest and submit your application as soon as possible after exams end.

The post is available immediately (or after the conclusion of exams for MSc/MPhil candidates). The role is available full time for up to 12 weeks over the summer but could be extended depending on funding applications (part time) from October 2018.