Innovations for Poverty Action Bangladesh (IPA-B) seeks to appoint a Research Associate to support Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa (PI) and Dr. Alice Wuermli (co-PI) of New York University (NYU) on a large initiative funded by Lego Foundation and in partnership with Sesame Workshop, BRAC, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), focused on improving early childhood development in the Rohingya refugee camps and host communities of Cox’s Bazar. This initiative involves a large longitudinal prenatal birth cohort study, and several experimental and/or quasi-experimental evaluations of program models implemented by BRAC and IRC. The Research Associate will help manage large survey teams working in camp and host community settings and will coordinate with the Associates involved in other activities from the Cox’s Bazar Longitudinal Study. The successful candidate will work closely with the NYU research team in research preparation processes, including finalizing measures, training enumerators, and data quality assurance.

We are looking for a minimum commitment period of two years. The exceptional candidate will ideally stay in this position for the entire duration of this grant (through December 2023). The candidate will be primarily based in Dhaka, with travel outside Dhaka on a regular basis. The successful candidate will work with leading academics and researchers, thus paving the way for future careers in academic, private-sector, or public-sector roles. 

Responsibilities 
  • Working closely with PI-team to maintain integrity of the research design, and communicate any issues early and clearly with PI-team to joint problem solve.
  • Managing day-to-day research activities, from planning to implementation, and monitoring quality. This includes training, and supervising both field-based and data operations teams
  • Documenting all activities related to the project
  • Refining survey questionnaires and programming them on SurveyCTO
  • Supervising data collection and data-entry processes, and ensuring good quality of the data at both stages
  • Assisting in data cleaning and preliminary analysis and ensuring ready access to all data for faculty researchers and/or supervisors
  • Providing timely updates and responses to partner organizations, and participating in meetings with key stakeholders
  • Maintaining accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
  • Supporting the preparation of progress and results reports to PIs, research partners, and funding agencies, and sharing them timely
  • Monitoring project expenditures and timeline
  • Ensuring that all team members follow necessary protocols and procedures
Qualifications 
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in public policy, global health, or other quantitative social science disciplines, including psychology, human development, education, evaluation, international development (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Quantitative Skills: Strong technical understanding of experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation methods. Demonstrated proficiency in Stata/R and SurveyCTO, and experience with data management, data cleaning, and regression analysis
  • A minimum of 1-year of work experience is desirable although not required. Experience managing field staff in developing countries strongly preferred
  • Project Management Skills: attention to detail; excellent management and organizational skills; ability to juggle several tasks; ability to successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines; ability to communicate deviations from project plans and timelines and take appropriate action are required
  • Communication Skills: Advanced writing and presentation skills are required
  • Language: English fluency (written and spoken) required; Bangla and/or relevant dialects (e.g., Rohingya, Chittagonian) a plus
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “ Research Associate, Bangladesh ”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. Note that you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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. 

Disclaimers 

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.

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