Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a Research Associate to work closely with Dr. Chris Blattman (University of Chicago) on projects related to conflict, poverty, and violence.

We are seeking a one year commitment for this position from the successful candidate. The position will be based in Chicago, at the University of Chicago’s Harris School.

  • Managing data entry and assisting in data cleaning
  • Supporting quality assurance measures for ongoing research projects
  • Conducting data analysis
  • Assisting in the writing of project reports, policy memos, and academic papers on a variety of topics
  • Corresponding with external partner organizations and donors as needed
  • Supporting project development activities as required
  • Maintaining regular communication with the Principal investigator
  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in economics, mathematics, statistics, political science, or related fields
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Stata (required); familiarity with R (preferred)
  • Experience as a research assistant in a similar field
  • Extensive experience in applied statistics is a strong plus
  • Fluency in English with strong communication skills
  • Language skills in Spanish an advantage
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
Application Instructions 

To apply click here.  Complete applications must include a cover letter and current curriculum vitae.

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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