Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in Washington, D.C, with offices in New York City 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 Peru seeks a Research Associate (RA) to lead and manage an RCT project regarding teenage pregnancy with indigenous population in Peru for a period of 8 months. The RA will contribute to conduct high-quality and rigorous impact evaluation, supervising different steps of the project. The RA will work closely with the Research Coordinator/Manager to directly manage the implementation of data collection and monitoring of the program implementation.  

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, designing survey questionnaires, recruiting, training and managing survey teams, designing and supervising logistics for the field activities, cleaning and analyzing survey data and assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos.

Responsibilities 
  • 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 Principal Investigators and the Research Coordinator/Manager.
Qualifications 
  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, social science, public policy, or related fields (quantitative background preferred). A Master’s degree is a plus,
  • Strong analytical abilities and quantitative skills; good knowledge of Stata required (or other similar data
  • analysis software); programming and another technical knowledge a plus,
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred,
  • Experience managing field work and data collection strongly preferred,
  • Experience programming electronic surveys is a plus,
  • 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,
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in Spanish and English,
  • 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 Policy job category, then select “Research Associate, Peru RCT Project 2”. Most applications require at minimum 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 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. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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