The Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures is the home of long-term forecasting and global trend analysis at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. International Futures (IFs) is a large-scale, long-term, integrated global modeling system that represents demographic, economic, health, energy, agriculture, education, infrastructure, socio-political, environmental, and international politics subsystems for 186 countries interacting in the global system. The Pardee Center works heavily on sponsored research projects with various government institutions, international organizations, NGOs, and to a lesser extent, private sector clients.
A Research Aide working with the Pardee Center’s Country and Organization Leader Travel (COLT) Project, which is part of the larger Diplometrics research portfolio, is responsible for synthesizing qualitative research and integrating findings from various sources into a quantitative format. This work is client-driven and a Research Aide working with the COLT Project must be committed to completing quality work within a planned timeline of deliverables and communicating effectively with team members.
The COLT Project integrates two efforts:
- Country and Organization Leader Travel (COLT): Database of every foreign trip by a world leader since 1990. Includes dates of travel, country visited, purpose of the trip, other leaders met, and key events such as a multilateral summits, funerals, coronations, and inaugurations. Leaders of P-5 countries are coded from 1945 and foreign and defense ministers of China, Russia, and the United States are coded since 1990.
- Heads of Government and State (HoG/S): Includes biographic data on every world leader since 1990, including date of birth, sex, places of education and academic degrees, political party, title, role, and dates in office. Data coverage includes the highest-ranking political leader (e.g. HOGS) of every country back to 1990, as well as the leaders of major IGOs, including the UN, EU, IMF, NATO, UN, and the World Bank
Specific responsibilities and functions of a Research Aide working with the COLT Project include:
- Participate in the development of client-oriented research products
- Synthesize qualitative information into a quantitative dataset using a combination of primary and secondary sources while maintaining consistency with coding rules
- Complete initial cleaning and vetting of data before submission (as determined in consultation with Project Lead)
- Attend regular team meetings
- Maintain professional communication with Project Lead and Project Supervisor
- Complete tasks of high-quality and on-time
- Other relevant tasks as appropriate/needed
- Please understand that the Diplometrics Project is constantly growing to include new datasets and analysis. As such, the Center requires Research Aides to remain flexible to ad hoc client requests that may fall outside of their current project roles. We also encourage Research Aides to request opportunities outside of their current project assignments that may align better with their research interests and/or academic pursuits.
REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Must have a demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, students, and community partners from diverse backgrounds and cultural identities feel welcome and valued.
- Knowledge of international relations and global affairs.
- Ability to organize and efficiently manipulate data in Microsoft Excel.
- Curious, detail-oriented, and reliable.
- Professional and efficient communication skills.
- Must be able to commit 15-20 hours per week.
PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Interest in developing an understanding of the structure and dynamics of the International Future (IFs) global modeling system and competence in its use for analysis.
- Ability to create professional quality research presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint.
- High attention to detail and meticulous ability to self-correct in coding entry.
Education, Certifications, or Formal Training:
- Bachelor’s- or Master’s-seeking candidates
Compensation and Benefits:
Research Aides on this project are expected to work a minimum of 15-20 hours per week during the academic year (with 20 hours per week preferred) and during the summer quarter (unless approved otherwise by a Project Supervisor). Of these hours, 50% of the Project Team Member’s time must be spent in the Pardee Annex. Please note that this policy is currently suspended given the COVID19 outbreak and this decision will remain aligned with the University of Denver’s recommendations.
This position does not require a work-study award. Students will be paid $14.75 – $16/hour.
In compliance with Colorado’s Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA), non-benefited employees accrue one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.
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