IPA-Philippines is looking to hire a Qualitative Research Associate for 3 - 4 months to lead a qualitative study of the Philippine Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)’s parcelization program. The study will involve semi-structured interviews with Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries, their spouses, and key implementation staff at the Philippine Department of Agrarian Reform. The Research Associate will work closely with the study’s Principal Investigators (PIs) at the World Bank and IPA management

  • Developing, piloting, and finalizing field guides
  • Working with the qualitative lead to prepare a field procedure plan that contains all survey protocols
  • Hiring, training, and managing field interviewers and transcribers with support of field management
  • Coordinating with the administrative and operations staff the logistics required for data collection activities
  • Overseeing daily data collection activities in close coordination with the field manager and leading debriefing sessions
  • Creating a monitoring system to track daily data collection performance
  • Regularly communicating updates and troubleshooting challenges with IPA management and World Bank Principle Investigators, including preparing bi-weekly progress reports
  • Compiling interview summaries on an ongoing basis
  • Ensuring adherence to data quality protocols, including audits of transcriptions
  • Liaising with the partner organization and other local counterparts as necessary
  • Assisting the qualitative lead in coding transcripts and preparing the final report
  • Experience managing qualitative data collection, including managing teams of field interviewers and transcribers
  • Experience coding transcriptions using Atlas.ti or another qualitative analysis software program
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in the social sciences, public policy or related fields.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external clients.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong qualitative skills.
  • Experience managing survey implementation is preferred, but not required.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player.
  • Familiarity with the Philippine Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program and agriculture in the Philippine context is a plus
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English. Knowledge of Filipino and/or Bisaya/Cebuano is 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, Land Reform Qualitative Study”. 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 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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