Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified Research Associate to oversee a study whose objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention designed to reduce absenteeism in school-aged children in Uruguay. The study is an RCT, and the intervention to be evaluated will use the principles of behavioral economics to tackle the issue of school absenteeism.
The Research Associate will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires and evaluation methodologies, validating survey instruments, conducting qualitative research, running pilot exercise, refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey teams, negotiating contracts with survey firms, checking and analyzing data, cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with key government and NGO partners.
- Managing day-to-day research activities, from planning to implementation, and monitoring quality. This includes training, and supervising both field-based and data operations teams
- Documenting all activities related to the project
- Refining survey questionnaires and programming them on SurveyCTO
- Supervising data collection and data-entry processes, and ensuring good quality of the data at both stages
- Assisting in data cleaning and preliminary analysis and ensuring ready access to all data for faculty researchers and/or supervisors
- Providing timely updates and responses to partner organizations, and participating in meetings with key stakeholders
- Maintaining accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
- Preparing progress and results reports to PIs, research partners, and funding agencies, and sharing them timely
- Monitoring project expenditures and timeline
- Ensuring that all team members follow necessary protocols and procedures.
- Manage critical high-level relationships with Local Government authorities
- Participate in meetings with key stakeholders and present research findings
- Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, or other quantitative social science disciplines. A master's degree is a plus.
- Quantitative Skills: Strong proficiency in Stata and SurveyCTO, and experience with data management, and data cleaning.
- A minimum of 1-year of work experience is required.
- Experience managing field staff in developing countries.
- Excellent management and organizational skills; ability to successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines
- Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills are required
- Knowledge of Stata required.
- Language: Spanish and English fluency required
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate, School Absenteeism”. 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.
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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