The Program Associate for Applied Research & Methods will assist the Chief Research & Methodology Officer and the Research Methods Data Coordinator in implementing the Research Methods Initiative, a joint effort with the Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab. The person in this role will also support IPA’s Poverty Measurement group with administration of the Poverty Probability Index, a poverty measurement tool providing business intelligence solution for those with a mission of helping the poor.

This position has excellent opportunities to learn about research methods in a variety of country contexts, interact with a range of researchers and non-governmental organizations addressing problems of global poverty, and manage research projects and initiatives. The person in this role will be assigned progressively more advanced tasks based on their abilities.

This position can be based in any country where IPA has an office.


Management, communication, and coordination

  • Manage competitive funds and grantees
  • Interface with academic researchers and IPA country offices
  • Organize conferences and webinars to disseminate findings on research methods as well as trainings and seminars as needed
  • Produce a quarterly newsletter and manage a network of researchers
  • Support departmental budgeting, grant budgeting, and proposal development
  • Help prepare concept notes, grant proposals, and calls for proposals

Research support

  • Opportunities to support original primary and secondary research on survey methods, including data management using Stata, table construction, and data visualization
  • Support literature reviews and meta-analyses on measurement topics such as poverty measurement, socio-emotional skills measurement, intimate partner violence, anthropometrics, or remote assessment of cognitive skills
  • Develop research summaries for posting on IPA external website

Required skills and qualifications

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with researchers and research professionals in a variety of cultural contexts
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
    • Ability to manage lists of tasks with deadlines
    • Ability to organize data and files across multiple platforms
  • Project management and budgeting
  • Basic understanding of social science field research methods, e.g. familiarity with the logic and language of randomized trials and household surveys.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field of study, but quantitative social sciences or statistics a plus
  • Interest in measurement and study design to improve research and data on problems of poverty

Desired, but not required, skills and qualifications

  • Experience conducting literature reviews and/or research syntheses such as meta-analysis
  • Coding in Stata, R, or SurveyCTO (survey data collection software) – these skills are valued, but not at all required for the position
  • Data visualization skills, ability to tell stories with data
  • Oral and written French
Application Instructions 

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In order to be considered for this position, applicants MUST upload a resume and cover letter.

Your cover letter should specifically highlighting your qualifications as they relate to this position and address the contributions you would bring.

Failure to submit complete application materials may result in ineligibility for this position.

About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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