IPA-Philippines is looking to hire a Research Associate for six months to lead follow-up survey of the conditional cash transfer Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Project. The study is a randomized control trial led by the World Bank’s Development Research Group to evaluate the long-term impact of the Philippine Government’s CCT Program.


The Research Associate will work closely with the study’s Principal Investigators and IPA management to conduct the following tasks:

  • Developing, field testing, and finalizing questionnaires
  • Conducting a pilot study to refine the survey instruments and implementation plan
  • Programming the survey in SurveyCTO, following best practices using the most updated features
  • Hiring, training, and managing survey enumerators and 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 field managers
  • Ensuring adherence to data quality protocols, including data quality audits and frequency checks
  • Regularly processing, cleaning, and analyzing data collected through computer-assisted interviews using Stata
  • Liaising with the partner organization and other local counterparts as necessary
  • Regularly communicating updates and troubleshooting challenges with IPA management and World Bank PIs
  • Demonstrated proficiency in STATA and experience with data management and data cleaning is a must.
  • Experience with quantitative research and statistical methods.
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in economics, business management, 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 quantitative skills.
  • Experience with Survey CTO strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing survey implementation is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience with Computer-Assisted Interviewing is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience with randomized controlled trials is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience working in monitoring and evaluation strongly preferred.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player.
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English. Knowledge of Filipino 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, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Project”. 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.