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:

  • Research Methods Initiative (RMI)

  • Poverty Probability Index (PPI)

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

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in economics, social sciences, research methods, statistics, or other related fields

  • Excellent working knowledge of statistical programming (in Stata, R, or Python, Stata preferred)

  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials

  • At least one year working in a research organization

  • Experience with complex data management tasks

  • Experience providing research assistance to social scientists

  • Experience working with raw data collected by governments or NGOs

Desired qualifications and experience

  • Formal training in econometrics, research methods, or statistics

  • Experience with machine learning methods and software (e.g. regularization, random forests)

  • Experience conducting research or data collection in developing countries

  • Experience with meta-analysis, Bayesian statistics, or Stan programming language

  • Expertise in data visualization theory and tools

  • Experience with digital data collection platforms, specifically SurveyCTO or Open Data Kit

Required skills and motivation

  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments within given parameters

  • Strong organizational skills with a proven ability to handle multiple responsibilities at one time, prioritize tasks, attend to details, and meet deadlines

  • Ability to visualize data to tell a clear story to different types of audiences (academic, policy)

  • Willingness to travel internationally, if required, up to 20%

  • An interest in survey research methodology

We are looking for a minimum commitment period of 1 year for this position


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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 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. 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. 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 1-202-386-6200. 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.

** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.