Data Analyst - NYUAD Global TIES for Children (1 Year Fixed Term Contract)

Job Number
2020-7494

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Data Analyst to support the work of Global TIES for Children, an international research center based at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York.

About Global TIES for Children

At New York University Abu Dhabi’s Global TIES for Children we design, evaluate and advise on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe. Led by University Professors Larry Aber and Hiro Yoshikawa, we work with some of the world’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and with governments in low-income (LI) and conflict-affected (CA) countries on developing and evaluating innovative approaches to promoting the health, education, and social development of children and their communities. Together with our key strategic partner organizations, our work leverages cutting-edge scientific methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to:

  • Generate actionable evidence to promote child and youth development by conducting and evaluating powerful strategies to transform relevant “social settings” (i.e., classrooms, schools, families, communities, etc.) that are key drivers of children’s learning and well-being
  • Communicate actionable evidence by engaging diverse stakeholders across sectors and regions and disseminating a rigorous evidence base to inform program and policy decisions for children and youth in LI and CA countries; and
  • Build human, administrative, and institutional capacity for a robust global science and practice through the provision of professional development and training activities

The Data Analyst will support Global TIES for Children’s NYUAD faculty affiliates by supporting the management and analysis of data over multiple interdisciplinary projects related to the Center’s mission. The Analyst will be involved in all elements of data management and analysis including the merging, cleaning and analysis of data from existing sources. 

  • Identify, collect, synthesize and analyze data from local and mainframe databases using data retrieval tools extract data sets, review and clean data, and merge data from various data repositories as needed. Upon receipt of data request, decide what data needs to be retrieved; retrieve the data; adjust the data if needed to achieve better/more accurate data; merge data sets if required; and review resulting data store
  • Conduct and interpret statistical analyses using statistical software (for example, R and Stata) across various disciplines such as psychology, economics, political science etc.; conduct exploratory and confirmatory statistical analysis; use analysis to inform the construction of predictive models and to identify data trends and features
  • Construct tables and graphs; develop analytical models; and produce reports to support and inform decision making. Using data that has been extracted and analyzed, provide means for conveying information contained in that data to others through tables, graphs, models, and textual reports. Reduce technical results into information that can be easily and quickly understood by lead Principal Investigators on each project. Build dashboards, reports, and presentations to communicate findings and recommendations
  • Present results of analyses both orally and in writing. Upon retrieving and analyzing data, prepare written and oral materials to convey the information to lead Principal Investigators on each research project. Utilize computer-based tools (Beamer, Tableau, PowerPoint, etc.) to enhance presentation
  • Creatively and independently propose data solutions to answer research questions
  • Resolve data issues including missing data or drop outs from longitudinal studies with creative solutions, in coordination with lead Principal Investigators of each research project
  • Continually review data analysis tools and frameworks, and recommend improvements in order to keep pace with continually evolving needs of the center
  • Actively engage Global TIES for Children’s faculty affiliates at NYU Abu Dhabi, Global TIES for Children’s data team and researchers at NYU New York to understand data analysis needs, and investigate and develop solutions in line with the center’s strategic priorities

Required Education: 

  • Masters degree in Statistics, Psychology, Education, Economics, Political Sciences, Public Policy, Sociology, etc. Candidates from fields outside of the Social Sciences will be considered if commitment to the goals of the Center is demonstrated

Required Experience:

  • 2-3 years experience in a academic data analysis role
  • Previous experience working with databases and cleaning data
  • Ability to work on multiple research projects simultaneously
  • Understanding of data confidentiality principles and having impeccable research ethics are required

Required Competencies

  • Strong skills in data management and the use of STATA and R
  • Extraordinary logic, quantitative and analytical skills; deductive reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Being detail-oriented is extremely important
  • Has a good balance between the ability to follow specific instructions and the use of critical thinking to propose new and creative solutions
  • Strong communication skills
  • Can work well independently and in a multidisciplinary team

Preferred Competencies

  • Use of Mplus software
  • Willingness to learn new software and programming language(s) are a plus 

Other Information
About NYUAD

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.