The National Registration Bureau (NRB) in the Ministry of Homeland Security, Malawi, with support from IPA, is looking for a Research Associate to assist NRB with the compiling, cleaning, and analyzing data. The objective of the data analysis will be to explore central issues in NRB’s implementation of the national biometric ID, including estimating coverage rates across areas of the country and demographic groups, and identifying potential barriers to take-up, and facilitating linkages across datasets.

The Research Associate will be hired by IPA and seconded to NRB, where they will be physically based. The Research Associate will jointly report to and work closely with the NRB leadership and two IPA affiliated researchers, Professors Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University) and Jessica Goldberg (University of Maryland). Professors Dupas and Goldberg have cumulatively over 18 years of experience conducting research in Malawi, and they will provide guidance and expertise on data analysis and management.


The Research Associate is based in Lilongwe, with possible travel to district headquarters. The research assistant will be asked to perform a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to:  

  • Working with NRB staff and others, as assigned, on compiling and analyzing complex administrative and survey data
  • Working with government and non-government partners on creating processes for standardizing, sharing, and protecting the privacy of data
  • Reporting to NRB and research team on all of the activities mentioned above
  • Any other tasks as assigned 

The position offers an opportunity to bolster data analysis experience and to learn from internationally renowned researchers while assisting NRB with an important innovation for the country’s development.


Educational qualifications: 

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Social Science with a major in Statistics / Demography / Population Studies /Monitoring & Evaluation. 
  • Those with a Masters’ Degree in statistics/Demography/Population Studies will have an added advantage.

Work experience: 

  • A minimum of 4 years of professional-level experience in data collection and analysis, with progressively increasing responsibility.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis packages, i.e., SPSS, STATA, EXCEL

Other qualifications:

  • Flexible, self-motivating, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player
  • Ability to maintain data confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Ability to work independently and in field locations
Application Instructions 

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

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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