IPA seeks to hire a Research Associate to support two initiatives as part of IPA’s newly formed Applied Research and Methods (ARM) group. These initiatives of the ARM group focus on innovative research in survey methodology and measurement in close partnership with internal and external academic partners and on poverty measurement. The successful candidate will work closely with leading academics and researchers on conducting this research and producing outputs for distinct audiences, including academic researchers and practitioners.
The Research Associate will be part of the ARM team. This position supports the ARM team to meet organizational objectives by providing technical support to two organizational initiatives:
The Research Associate role will focus on supporting data analysis, project management, and reporting findings in these two initiatives. This position also contributes to producing external research products for both initiatives. In particular, the Research Associate will have the following responsibilities:
In particular, the Research Associate will have the following responsibilities:
Research Methods Initiative (50%):
Prepare raw data and conduct preliminary analysis to ensure ready access to research data for researchers at IPA and partner universities
Support the analysis of research data for presentation or publication
Support the IPA Research Transparency Initiative efforts to produce replication data for reproducible results
Manage day-to-day research activities, from planning to implementation, and monitoring quality. This includes training and supervising both data collection and data operations teams
Provide technical support to research projects through survey programming in SurveyCTO
Provide technical support to research projects through statistical programming primarily in Stata, but occasionally in R
Poverty Probability Index (50%):
Communicate with national statistical offices in various countries to obtain, understand, and clean survey data
Use statistical programming languages, like Stata or R, to clean and analyze survey data and produce poverty measurement models on nationally representative survey data
Help generate results for memos and tools, such as poverty scorecards, for practitioners
Help prepare results for presentations and manuscripts targeting academic researchers
Required qualifications and experience
Desired qualifications and experience
Required skills and motivation
We are looking for a minimum commitment period of 1 year for this position
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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 830 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.
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