During the last decades there has been an increase in the number of children raised by their grandparents in the Central American region. In the Northern Triangle in Central America - El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras - this trend is particularly pronounced. Data from household surveys indicate that between a fifth and a quarter of the children in the age group of 3 to 6 years old are being raised by their grandparents in the Northern Triangle; and that most of these households have generational leaps. There are several reasons that could explain the large number of grandparents who have become heads of household in the Northern Triangle. It is common for both parents to migrate to the United States or Canada, leaving the children with their grandparents or other family members (Musalo et al 2015). Children are also often left in the hands of their grandparents because of gang recruitment, imprisonment or when parents die as a result of violence, maternity or teenage fatherhood. Unlike three-generation households with grandchildren, parents and grandparents - children from households with generational leaps more often have delays in development or in cognitive processes. Children raised by their grandparents in homes with generational leaps have more emotional and behavioral problems (Smith and Palmieri 2007; Goodman et al 2004); they complete fewer years of schooling and have more problems related to school and learning (Edwards and Mumford, 2005, Sun, 2003, DeLeire and Kalil 2002).

IPA, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will conduct a study to evaluate the parenting practices in homes with generational leaps in the Northern Triangle and to analyze the effectiveness of parental training strategies and social improvement over the early results in children's learning and development. The objective of this evaluation is divided into two levels: (i) understanding the context (socioeconomic, psychological and socio-effective) and the family conformation of households with generational leaps in the Northern Triangle; and (ii) identify effective educational interventions to assist this large number of children.

  • Developing and piloting the survey instruments and interventions, including programming digital data collection and bench testing of the instrument.
  • Hiring, training, and managing the field teams that will conduct the data collections.
  • Managing all field logistics for data collection.
  • Ensuring all data quality protocols are followed including auditing enumerators and performing daily checks of the incoming data; correcting the errors of staff iteratively to ensure the data is of the highest quality.
  • Managing the data from collection at the household to delivery of a final, cleaned dataset.
  • Managing the budget including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project funds.
  • Managing the project budget and field expenses. formulation of direction and strategy
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures
  • A Bachelor's or Master’s degree in economics, public policy, international development, public health or related fields.
  • Fluency in Spanish is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills with strong quantitative skills.
  • Knowledge of Stata; programming and other technical knowledge a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff efficiently to achieve project goals.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player.
  • Experience working (preferably in a research-related capacity) in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
Application Instructions 

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