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Writer/Editor – Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)

Duration: January 2020 – May 2020 with ability to continue beyond

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is recruiting a part-time (10-15 hours/week), paid Journalism Student Writer/Editor for Spring 2020 to help share the work of CEGA and our affiliate network, and better translate research into action. Ideally, candidates will continue into summer and beyond.

CEGA is a hub for research on global development, with a network of over 100 academic researchers extending across the University of California, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. Our mission is to improve development outcomes for people in low- and middle-income countries by providing decision-makers with new ideas and insights based on transparent, scientific research. We design and test innovative programs in rural development, health, finance, energy, and other sectors. We advance new methods for program evaluation, drawing on tools from behavioral science, data science, and remote sensing. We also invest in the leadership of young researchers in developing countries, to strengthen their voices in policy debates and facilitate the local use of evidence.

Position Overview

We are looking for a skilled, self-directed journalism student who can help CEGA better share our research and policy impact. The position will work with staff and faculty across the Center to develop multimedia content, and may also support dissemination through press engagement and social media. S/he should have superior writing skills as well as experience communicating and connecting with a variety of actors—including media outlets and the general public. Candidates must be familiar with international development and/or social science research, with the ability to comprehend and clearly explain academic work for a public audience. Oversight provided by CEGA’s Director of Operations.

Application

Please send your CV and brief cover letter explaining your interest/relevant experience to laurenrussell@berkeley.edu by January 6, 2020. Please also include a short (1-2 page) writing sample with your application. We are especially interested in any examples of writing (e.g. blog posts, articles, reports, briefs, etc) that demonstrate ability to explain complex or technical detail in accessible language.

DETAILS

TYPE: Internship
SCHEDULE: Part-Time
DURATION: Temporary

CONTACT INFO

Lauren Russell
laurenrussell@berkeley.edu
5106424361

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

Responsibilities
  • Content Development & Management (85%): Conceptualize and spearhead the production of new content, in collaboration with the Director of Operations and others. Write compelling press releases, briefings, and other materials to share with the press and other stakeholders. Ghostwrite op-eds on behalf of affiliated faculty featuring new research findings. Write high-quality content for CEGA’s blog and website. As needed, source, edit, and compile materials from staff to produce professional outputs on short timelines.
  • Digital Engagement (15%):Support strategy development for publicizing Center content via digital channels. Create and share a variety of content through CEGA’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and other outlets, in partnership with staff and other interns.
Required Qualifications
  • Extensive experience writing for a variety of audiences including news outlets and the general public. You should have advanced writing skills with precise, clear, and vibrant language.
  • Superior organizational skills are required. We’re looking for someone with strong ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines. Capacity to handle multiple projects at once, effectively manage time, and interface confidently with co-workers.
  • Self-motivated, hard worker who enjoys working in teams. Everything you’ll do relies on inputs from peers and partners!
  • Demonstrated professionalism and discretion; exhibits good judgment and maintains absolute accuracy with details when sharing news and information publicly.
  • Quick learner and entrepreneurial problem solver who thinks creatively, is flexible, and can identify areas for improvement to make critical systems run more smoothly.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change.
  • Strong interest in evidence-based policy-making.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Training in or understanding of economics, social policy, and impact evaluation.

HOW TO APPLY

Deadline: January 6, 2020

Please send your CV and brief cover letter explaining your interest/relevant experience to laurenrussell@berkeley.edu by January 6, 2020. Please also include a short (1-2 page) writing sample with your application. We are especially interested in any examples of writing (e.g. blog posts, articles, reports, briefs, etc) that demonstrate ability to explain complex or technical detail in accessible language.