Innovations for Poverty Action Bangladesh (IPA-B) seeks to appoint a Research Coordinator to lead the implementation of a longitudinal study in Southern Bangladesh. The goal of the project is to build an evidence base on how local economies respond to an influx of forcibly displaced migrants. The study will collect a detailed panel dataset of social, economic, and health outcomes from 5,000 households representative of Cox’s Bazar, the primary destination for many waves of refugees, including the most recent. The Research Coordinator will join a suite of projects led by Yale University Professor of Economics Mushfiq Mobarak, as well as other scholars doing empirical research at top-tier academic and policy institutions. 

The successful candidate will work closely with lead academics and researchers from Yale University, the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence initiative, and The World Bank on all activities, thus paving the way for future careers in academic, private-sector, or public-sector roles. 

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. The candidate will be primarily based in Dhaka, with travel to Cox’s Bazar and other relevant study areas to oversee fieldwork and manage relationships with partners.

Responsibilities 
  • Planning and monitoring all survey-related activities, especially field activity planning and data quality checks, for a multi-year panel survey
  • Providing technical assistance on survey design, data collection, and data management
  • Conducting data cleaning and analysis; providing ready access to all data and project documentation for PIs and research partners
  • Assisting PIs in writing academic and policy papers
  • Managing high-level relationships with partner organizations, participating in meetings with key stakeholders, and presenting research findings
  • Identifying and forging partnerships with government ministries and agencies, international and national NGOs, and others involved in the refugee crises in Bangladesh and elsewhere
  • Maintaining accurate records of meetings and interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
  • Supervising and mentoring research associates
  • In the absence of research associates, directly managing the logistics of the survey. This includes requesting or acquiring equipment or supplies necessary for the project
  • Preparing progress and results reports for the PIs, research partners, and funding agencies
  • Overseeing budget and timeline execution; taking steps to ensure the financial health of the project
  • Conducting staff performance evaluations and ensuring that all team members follow necessary protocols and procedures
Qualifications 
  • Education: Master’s degree in economics, public policy, or other quantitative social science disciplines
  • Quantitative Skills: Strong technical understanding of economics and econometrics. Demonstrated proficiency in Stata and experience with data management, data cleaning, and regression analysis
  • Advanced coding skills in SurveyCTO, STATA or R
  • A minimum of 3-years of work experience is required. Experience managing institutional partners and field staff in developing countries strongly preferred
  • Excellent management and organizational skills; proven ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously, successfully complete assigned tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation
  • Language: English fluency required; Bangla a plus.
  • Bangladeshi nationals are strongly encouraged to apply
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Coordinator, Cox’s Bazar Panel Survey”.  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.

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. 

Disclaimers 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. 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 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: 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.