Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified Research Associate (RA) or Senior Research Associate (SRA) based in Bogotá, Colombia, to support a research project related to mental health and adolescence. The project seeks to identify the casual links between poverty and mental health in adolescents and to test potential interventions aiming at preventing adolescent depression and anxiety. This is a multi-country project that will be implemented in Colombia by IPA and in Nepal and South Africa in collaboration with other organizations.

The team of principal investigators is comprised of researchers from King´s College London, George Washington University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Universidad de los Andes. This position will provide the candidate the possibility to pursue a PhD working in collaboration with researchers from King´s College London.

  • Coordinating and managing project partners throughout the design and implementation of the study,
  • Designing and implementing data quality assurance systems and protocols to ensure high-quality data collection;
  • Designing and implementing monitoring systems to ensure intervention program take-up and compliance;
  • Working with the research team, IPA staff in Colombia and in the United States to analyze the data and interpret the findings;
  • Supporting in writing progress reports and policy-focused outputs;
  • Managing the budget including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project funds.
  • Hiring, training, and managing the field teams that will conduct the data collections.
  • Translating material for the intervention, such as survey instruments, presentations, and the teaching material/curriculum used in the actual implementation.
  • A Bachelor’s or Master´s degree in economics, public policy, international development, or related fields;
  • At least 2 years of work experience after graduation from undergraduate. Preferably in a research setting and data analysis;
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail; ability to work independently;
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish and English, including ability to effectively communicate;
  • Strong quantitative skills and very good knowledge of Stata required; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus;
  • Willingness to frequently travel within Colombia;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with partner organizations;
  • Capability to manage multiple tasks efficiently;
  • 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/Sr. Research Associate”. 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 830 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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