Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture. IPA has been in Peru since 2003. IPA Peru was the site of one of the six ultra poor graduation studies which showed strong impacts of the graduation model on the well-being of the poorest of the poor across all six countries. The Peru team has launched some of our first official research collaborations with governments and local academics, including the Quipu Commission and Minedulab, both of which work to ensure that the questions of policymakers are incorporated into and addressed in research design.
IPA seeks a Research Coordinator to oversee a portfolio of 3 to 4 research projects, in sectors potentially including Education, Crime, Financial Inclusion and SME.
The Research Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to combine significant management experience with a direct involvement in cutting-edge development research. They will have the opportunity to develop new projects in conjunction with the Country Director and Deputy Country Director as well as staff development, systems enhancement, and policy outreach. Developing and fostering good relationships with government partners, donors, local stakeholders and implementing partners is another core element of the Research Coordinator role.
This position will be based in Lima, Peru.
The Research Coordinator (RC) will be responsible for the overall management of a portfolio of 3-4 research projects. Each of these projects is expected to be staffed with a permanent team of 1 or 2 staff and up to 20-100 short term staff during survey periods.
In particular, the Research Coordinator will:
- Manage projects in the RC’s portfolio and work with Principal Investigators to ensure their adherence to research design, sample selection, data collection, data management and general research protocols, as well as overall project objectives timelines;
- Directly supervise 3 to 5 permanent research staff, including project staff with an eye on their professional growth;
- Keep the Country Director and Deputy Country Director apprised of all developments on the projects within their portfolio, and serve as a key link between the field office, project staff, and Principal Investigators;
- Support or lead in the development of new projects, in coordination with the Country Director and Deputy Country Director, as well as potential researchers, implementing partners, and donors;
- Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices with projects through formal and informal trainings;
- Work with field office staff to ensure sound human resource and operational management of projects;
- Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems;
- Take part in regular meetings with local government officials and other partners to ensure success of programmatic activities; and
- Support the dissemination of interim results via presentations and reports to non-academic audiences.
- Masters in development economics, or a field related to international economic development or education and at least 2 years of relevant experience; or Bachelor’s in a field in the social sciences with at least 3 relevant years of experience in research.
- Experience conducting large scale field research; experience in conducting field research in developing countries required. Background in randomized control trials is a plus;
- Understanding of cutting edge data quality assurance mechanisms including tools within SurveyCTO
- Experience supervising data collection and teams of field workers, designing and implementing surveys;
- Experience with data analysis. Advanced knowledge of Stata or any statistical package is preferred;
- Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required;
- Strong quantitative, problem-solving, negotiation, and financial management skills required;
- Ability to present research findings, including to non-research focused audiences;
- Strong written and oral communication skills in Spanish and complete fluency in English is required.
- We are looking for a minimum commitment period of one year for this position
- Highly curious, sense of humor, and a good pressure manager
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Coordinator, Peru”. 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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