Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified Research Associate on a study exploring the impacts of digital credit on household savings, consumption and household welfare. Digital credit, in this case offered through a mobile network, is increasingly seen as a flexible alternative to formal lending. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) has launched a 'Digital Credit Observatory (DCO)' with the goal of generating a new body of evidence on the impacts of digital credit products and the effectiveness of related consumer protection measures in low-income countries. The Principle Investigators on the project include Jon Robinson (University of California - Santa Cruz), Pascaline Dupas (Stanford), Eilin Francis (University of California - Santa Cruz) and Valentina Brailovskaya (University of California - Santa Cruz).

The Research Associate would gain first-hand experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. The ideal candidate would be a self-starter whose responsibilities would include: managing critical high-level relationships with project stakeholders, designing survey questionnaires; running pilot exercises; refining study design and surveying instruments; hiring, training, and managing survey teams; checking and analyzing data. This position is expected to run for one year starting mid November 2018.

  • Collaborating with PIs to refine study protocols;
  • Implementing study protocols;
  • Collaborating with PIs on survey design
  • Programming, and piloting existing and future surveys using Survey CTO (a platform built on Open Data Kit)
  • Quality control, data cleaning and analysis;
  • Tracking expenditures and preparing financial reports;
  • Drafting grant summaries and reports;
  • Hire, train and manager survey teams;
  • Managing critical high-level relationships with project stakeholders
  • Bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or a related field (required)
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Flexible, self-motivating, and able to solve unexpected problems
  • Strong quantitative and data analysis skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Experience living in a developing country
  • Working knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software
  • Working knowledge of survey programming on ODK, SurveyCTO or a similar software (preferred)
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing a team
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate, DICE”.  Most applications for research positions require you to include at minimum two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

Note that you are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application.

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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