IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding project management, data analysis, people management and communication skills as a Research Associate to support the implementation of a primary-grade remedial education research project. This includes working to design and manage RCT research and pilot activities applying quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches. 

As an ideal candidate, you not only have a rock-solid technical foundation in impact evaluation methodology, but you can also independently guide and direct the activities that happen both upstream and downstream of any rigorous, randomized evaluation. You enjoy leading high-performing teams that drive the production of the highest quality research for our clients and partners. You excel in solving problems using clear, strategic, and creative thinking. You have a strong social acumen and are excited about the opportunity to broaden, deepen, and manage meaningful relationships with high-level clients and partners across the public and private sectors.

We are looking for a minimum commitment period of two years for this position with a possibility for a longer-term position for exceptional candidates.

Responsibilities 

The Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks related to managing day-to-day research activities, from planning to implementation, and monitoring quality. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Project preparation and planning, including piloting and scoping work or secondary research to help finalize the research design and protocols
  • Documenting implementation, evaluation, and monitoring plans
  • Assisting with drafting and securing of necessary MOUs
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising field-based teams
  • Managing 1-2 long-term project staff
  • Refining and piloting survey questionnaires
  • Supervising and monitoring data collection to ensure high-quality of the data
  • Running data quality checks and fixing issues with data collected during data collection
  • Assisting in data cleaning and preliminary analysis and ensuring ready access to all data for researchers and/or supervisors
  • Documenting in detail all activities related to the project
  • Maintaining accurate records of data collection, safeguarding the confidentiality of research participants, as necessary
  • Preparing high-quality progress and results reports to PIs, research partners, and funding agencies, and sharing them timely
  • Providing timely updates and responses to partner organizations, and participating in meetings with key stakeholders
  • Managing project finances including budgeting, expense tracking, and financial reporting
  • Ensuring that all team members follow necessary protocols and procedures
  • Handling day to day PI and partner communications
Qualifications 
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, economics, statistics, public policy, or other quantitative social science disciplines
  • Quantitative Skills: Strong technical understanding of econometrics, psychometrics, and / or data science strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Stata or R, and experience with data management and data cleaning
  • A minimum of 3 years of work experience is required. Experience managing field staff in developing countries strongly preferred
  • Excellent management and organizational skills; ability to successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines required
  • Communication Skills: strong oral and written communication skills in the English language required
  • Knowledge of Bemba, Chitonga, and/or Silozi is a plus
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate, Zambia”. Applications require you to include a statement of purpose (cover letter), and CV. 

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.

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 jobs@poverty-action.org 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 jobs@poverty-action.org.

** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.