Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified Research Associate (RA) to support an impact evaluation of citizen security in Cali.The Research Associate will be based in Bogotá or Cali, Colombia and the position will require frequent travel between the two cities. The RA will work closely with the Mayor’s Office in Cali, IPA Colombia staff, and the team of Principal Investigators comprised of Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes) and Robert Blair (Brown University).

IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding research and communication skills. The Research Associate will take a lead role in processing survey and administrative data. Moreover, the RA will lead the design, management, and implementation of different data collection activities, including: (i) ethnographic observations, and (ii) surveys. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating and collaborating with stakeholders (partners, survey firm and donors) and the PI team; designing survey questionnaires; recruiting, training and managing survey teams; designing and supervising field activities by a survey firm; and cleaning and analyzing survey, administrative and spatial data.

The position requires excellent interpersonal, coordinating and organizational skills. It also requires strong knowledge of quantitative research methods and GIS and data analysis software (Stata and R and either ArcGIS or QGIS). Similarly, familiarity with the literature on citizen security and crime is a strong plus. The ideal starting date is December 2nd, 2019.

  • Supervise a survey firm doing large scale data collection
  • Process and analyze administrative and primary data and generate analysis reports;
  • Design, manage, and implement different data collection activities, including: (i) ethnographic observations, and (ii) surveys;
  • Ensure data quality and relevance;
  • Hire and manage field teams;
  • Support the writing of project reports and policy memos;
  • Manage effective communication and relationship with stakeholders (partners and donors) and the team of Principal Investigators
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in political science, economics, public policy or related field;
  • Experience conducting quantitative research;
  • Experience working on/researching security and crime is strongly preferred;
  • Mastery of impact evaluation methodologies and applications;
  • Experience with Stata required;
  • Experience with GIS (i.e. ArcGIS or QGIS) required;
  • Experience with R required;
  • Experience working in Latin America and especially in Cali is a strong plus;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Excellent command of Spanish and English, both spoken and written;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Flexible, self-motivating and team player.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “ Research Associate, Colombia ". 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. 


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