Poverty Probability Index (PPI®)

IPA manages the Poverty Probability Index (PPI), which is a country-specific household-level poverty measurement tool.  The PPI is statistically-sound, yet simple to use: the answers to 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership are scored to compute the likelihood that the household’s consumption is below the poverty line.  With the PPI, organizations can identify the clients, customers, or employees who are most likely to be poor, integrating objective poverty data into their assessments and strategic decision-making.  There are PPIs being used across the developing world by more than 600 organizations.  The PPI Alliance (https://www.povertyindex.org/ppi-alliance), a group of leading development organizations and donors, supports the tool.

The PPI Data Analyst

IPA seeks a Data Analyst with strong data management skills who will work on a widely used poverty measurement tool. This position will give the opportunity to an early career data analyst to expand their quantitative and computational skills while gaining experience in developing tools that help more than 600 organizations reach the poorest people in the world. The PPI Data Analyst will be a central part of the PPI initiative at IPA. S/he will work closely with the Technical Director, Poverty Measurement to develop PPI tools and related materials for various countries, provide technical assistance to partner organizations, and work on the continued improvement and development of the PPI.

  • Analyze national survey data from developing countries to create candidate PPI questions
  • Create PPI documentation and supporting materials which includes the PPI tables, interview guidance, excel-based tools, and other materials
  • Maintain a database of information on availability of national survey datasets used to create PPI and support acquisition of such data
  • Ensure adherence to data quality, documentation and security protocols
  • Draft reports and technical notes on the development and use of the PPI for specific countries
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor and maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor's’ degree in economics, public policy, or related fields
  • Strong understanding of introductory statistics
  • Working knowledge of Stata
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Curiosity, independent and creative thinker, ability to learn on the job


  • Professional working proficiency in either Spanish or French
  • Previous research assistant experience (strongly preferred)
  • Experience working with household surveys (strongly preferred)
  • Strong interest in developing expertise in machine/statistical learning and applying these methods to problems that are central to public policy and international development (strongly preferred)
  • Experience using the R programming language in one class or project
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, along with process-oriented analytic thinker
  • Knowledge of electronic survey software is a plus
  • Flexible, takes initiative, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player and a history of getting things done. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability and willingness to travel to various project sites
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with government standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with IPA standards
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone
Application Instructions 

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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 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at jobs@poverty-action.org or via phone at 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to jobs@poverty-action.org.

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