Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.

IPA Paraguay seeks a Research Associate (RA) to lead and manage an RCT in Asunción, Paraguay for a period of 15 months. The RA will conduct a high-quality and rigorous impact evaluation that will contribute to the global learning and dialogue around the impact of a technology-based school coding program on a set of skills of school-aged children (e.g. computational thinking and problem-solving skills). The RA will work closely with the Research Coordinator, Principal Investigator, and staff from the implementing partner, to oversee the implementation of the research study.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research, as well as the opportunity to work in close collaboration with high-level policy partners. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating and collaborating with implementing partners and the PI team, designing survey questionnaires, recruiting, training and managing survey teams, designing and supervising logistics for the field activities, cleaning and analyzing survey data, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and liaising with key government stakeholders.

  • Lead the implementation of the research study.
  • Manage budgets, timelines and procurement; oversee the project’s finances including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project budgets.
  • Develop, test and program questionnaires in SurveyCTO.
  • Hire, train, and manage enumerators that conduct data collection.
  • Oversee data collection activities; measure and enforce adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits.
  • Maintain detailed data collection and project logs; ensure compliance with IPA policies and procedures.
  • Develop reports and deliverables for project partner, communicate about field activities when required.
  • Manage day-to-day relationships with the implementing partner.
  • Regularly communicate updates with the Research Coordinator and Principal Investigators.
  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields, (quantitative background preferred). A graduate degree is a plus,
  • Strong analytical abilities and quantitative skills; good knowledge of Stata required (or other similar data analysis software); programming and other technical knowledge a plus,
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred,
  • Experience managing field work and data collection strongly preferred,
  • Excellent management and organizational skills,
  • Must be able to work under pressure, independently and in a team, and meet deadlines; flexibility, self-motivation, and pro-activity highly valued,
  • Creativity and intellectual curiosity in experimental methods, ability to find quick and effective solutions to unforeseen circumstances,
  • Willingness to travel within Paraguay,
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in Spanish and English (Guaraní knowledge would be a plus, but not a requirement).
Application Instructions 

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