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Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: May 7, 2018

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Vanderbilt University – Political Science Department

Statistician II – Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) – (1800583)


About the Position: Vanderbilt University’s Political Science Department has an exciting opportunity for a Statistician II to join the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP). As a Statistician II you will independently and in collaboration with teams, apply technical skills in survey design, fieldwork oversight, and data analysis to develop, complete, and disseminate research on public opinion.

About the Department: LAPOP is the premier academic institution carrying out surveys of public opinion in the Americas, with over thirty years of experience. As a center for excellence in survey research, LAPOP uses “gold standard” approaches and innovative methods to carry out targeted national surveys; conduct impact evaluation studies; and produce reports on individual attitudes, evaluations, and experiences. The AmericasBarometer survey is the only scientifically rigorous comparative survey that covers 34 nations including all of North, Central, and South America, as well as a significant number of countries in the Caribbean. Each year it publishes dozens of high quality academic studies and policy-relevant papers. To learn more about LAPOP:

About Vanderbilt University: Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.

Key Functions and Expected Performances

  • Collaborate as a member of a research group on the design of research projects.
  • Assist in planning a complex schedule of research activities covering up to 35 countries and involving multiple sites and teams
  • Apply expertise in questionnaire design for surveys and, on occasion, focus groups.
  • Provide input into the development of complex, stratified sample designs.
  • Develop plans for fieldwork, project schedules, quality control, management of data, and dataset processing.
  • Train interview teams in best practices in survey implementation and in the use of hardware and software required for fieldwork (requires occasional travel abroad).
  • Assist in the process of identifying third parties (e.g., survey firms) for data collection and in the development of contracts.
  • Program questionnaires and samples into specialized software for survey data collection, and supervise research assistants as they audit the programs.
  • Collaborate as a member of a research team on the implementation of research projects.
    • Oversee research projects to ensure that they stay on schedule, assist in identifying solutions to problems when they emerge to ensure projects stay on schedule and that quality is maintained, and supervise research assistants.
    • Use specialized software to oversee fieldwork and data auditing processes.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of research output.
    • Apply knowledge of statistics and specialized software to analyze and interpret survey data and draft and review project reports written for various audiences (sponsoring agencies, the media, academics, the public).
    • Help coordinate dissemination of research via presentations by team members at various events; occasionally participate in the delivery of oral presentations on project findings. Travel domestically and/or abroad as needed for such events.
    • Communicate in a timely, efficient, and professional manner with teams of country experts, research affiliates, contracted firms, sponsoring agencies, and other project collaborators across numerous countries.
    • On occasion develop and conduct workshops or training sessions in order to increase capacity for survey research among students, project partners, the media, or others.


  • M.A. in political science, economics, or a related field of study, or the equivalent in experience
  • Specialized training or on the job experience in social science, survey, or other related field of research
  • Proven ability to work independently and in teams on research projects
  • Skills in programming and statistical analysis
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Ability to problem-solve and manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously and effectively
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Benefits: In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s benefits at VU Benefits Overview


Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is recruiting for a Legal Assistant position in its São Paulo office.

Milbank is a preeminent global law firm with headquarters in New York and over 700 lawyers worldwide. It has a renowned practice in Latin America dating back to the 1920s and its São Paulo office, opened in 2010, is the cornerstone of that practice. The Milbank São Paulo office is completely integrated with the global Milbank network, which includes offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, London, Munich, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Beijing.

The São Paulo office is seeking candidates for a Legal Assistant position. Ideal candidates are members of the class of 2018 or recent university graduates who are fluent or highly proficient in Portuguese, interested in law or business, available to start by July 2018 or earlier, and able to make a one-year commitment. Candidate referrals may be made by email to


Executive Director, Princeton in Latin America (PiLA): Job Description

Princeton in Latin America (PiLA), now in its sixteenth year of service, matches non- profit organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean with recent college graduates to serve as Fellows, improving the quality of life and enhancing socioeconomic opportunities in the region. Through this partnership, organizations benefit greatly from the talents, knowledge and ingenuity that our Fellows bring to each position. In turn, Fellows hone leadership and professional skills with the hope that they come to constitute a globalized citizenship dedicated to a participatory and inclusive civil society.

PiLA is a 501(c)(3) organization with offices on the Princeton University campus. It has an operating budget of $340,000. For detailed information, see:

POSITION: The Executive Director reports to the PiLA Board of Directors and is accountable for all aspects of PiLA’s operations. The most critical aspects of the Executive Director’s role are the health and safety of our Fellows, donor relations and fundraising, management of PiLA staff, financial oversight, Board reporting and relationships, and building and maintaining relationships with our partner organizations and Princeton University.

PURPOSE: We are seeking a dynamic leader with strong initiative, capable of leading PiLA as we continue to strengthen our fellowship program and plan for strategic growth. The Executive Director will be the public face of PiLA in interacting with Fellows, families, partner organizations, donors, Princeton University, and others. The successful candidate will be a skillful manager and fundraiser, with a strong commitment to the health and safety of our Fellows. This person will also be an eloquent advocate, orally as well as in written materials, for PiLA’s mission to develop an internationalized leadership and citizenry dedicated to the socioeconomic advancement of Latin America and the Caribbean.

TO APPLY: Please email a résumé, cover letter, writing sample in English (2-3 pages), and a list of three references with contact information. All materials should be in PDF format, sequentially ordered in one document as indicated above, entitled: LASTNAME.firstname_2018pila and sent to: Position open until filled, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Please consider applying early.







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