TheWomanStatsProject is seeking applicants to work as coders.
TheWomanStatsProject began in 2001, and includes both a research component and a database component. TheWomanStatsDatabase is already the most comprehensive database on the status of women in the world today. We code for nearly 400 variables for 176 countries, and we currently have over 200,000 data points, with more added every day! One reason we are unique is that we compile both qualitative and quantitative information in our database, examining practice and law, as well as prevalence data. As preparation, please check out our expansive codebook and database and cite us in your essays! http://womanstats.org/
So what is coding? Coding is, well, not exciting. You will be assigned reports or other types of data sources, which you will comb through, extracting any data you can find for our variables. You will have to cut and paste or even type that data into our database, providing full bibliographic citations. Sometimes you will be asked to go out and find specific information, whether for a given country or a given variable. That often results in a scavenger hunt, as you use library, internet, and expert sources to come up with this data point. You must be extremely detail-oriented; you must be compulsive about accuracy; you must like staring at a computer screen for hours on end; you must get a kick out of independent research and be skilled at it. Some people feel this job lacks human interaction, but you may, if you wish, code with others (even if you are doing it remotely). Now this may actually be an attractive feature of this job given the current climate, but you should be aware that coding can be lonely.
You will have to pass a coding proficiency examination before you can become part of the team. You will train on a paid basis for three weeks and then be evaluated on your coding ability. If you do not pass after three tries, we cannot hire you: we need our coders to have demonstrated both accuracy and reliability. Also, because of the training investment involved, we give preference in hiring to coder candidates who could stay with the project for at least two years.
We aim to start training the next class ofWomanStatscoders during winter semester 2021. Once we extend an offer and start training, we cannot replace a trainee. For every student who receives an offer, we may turn down 2 to 3 students. Thus, we expect a high level of commitment from you if you accept an offer! Training lasts three weeks. Once you pass training, you have a job as long as you’re a BYU student! We expect you to work 10 hours per week, except during exams. Some students elect to work more.
There are many benefits to this prestigious position. You learn about the laws, practices, and changing trends around the world that affect women and girls. Moreover, you plan your work hours around your classes and get paid to attend a weekly one-hour meeting where we update each other on the status of women around the world. You also receive mentoring and preparation for graduate school, including encouragement to apply for research grants. You earn $10 an hour with a raise after one year.
Please send a resume that includes current GPA and anticipated graduation date to Celeste Beesley.