This study seeks to identify which Socio-Emotional Skills (SES) matter most for youth employment and women’s economic empowerment, and what works to promote young women’s safe entry into and sustained participation in male-dominated trades in Sub-Saharan Africa. The study will increase understanding of how to effectively deliver these skills and in turn impact young men and women’s earnings, employment, entrepreneurship. The work program will gather data and evidence from a range of populations and contexts.

The Research Associate or Senior Research Associate depending on profile and experience will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot exercise, refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey teams, negotiating contracts with survey firms, checking, cleaning and analyzing data,  assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with local partners running the programs being evaluated.


The Research Associate (Senior) will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Conducting qualitative research
  • Developing and piloting the survey instruments, including programming questions onto a mobile phone/tablet and managing the translation of the survey into the local languages
  • Supporting the development and implementation of the intervention monitoring, including creation of protocols and monitoring mechanisms for a smooth roll out of the intervention
  • Hiring, training, and managing field teams who will conduct the interviews and implement the intervention monitoring
  • Managing all field logistics, procuring equipment, and ensuring the study and the intervention have approvals from local authorities
  • Overseeing all the data collection
  • Ensuring all data quality protocols are followed including auditing enumerators and performing daily checks of the incoming data ; correcting the errors of staff iteratively to ensure the data is of the highest quality
  • Managing the data from collection at the household to delivery of a final, cleaned dataset
  • Managing the budget including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project funds
  • Writing regular progress reports and leading project meetings to ensure deadlines are met
  • Working closely with partners running the intervention and liaising between all stakeholders to ensure all interests are aligned and accounted for
  • Organizing and providing training in impact evaluation for project team(s) and partners as needed.
  • Analyzing and merging survey data and project M&E data
  • Assisting in the analysis of the survey data, and the writing of survey reports.
  • A Bachelor's or Master’s degree in economics, public policy, international development, health or related fields
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills ; meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French and English, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • 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
  • Strong quantitative skills and very good knowledge of Stata required; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff efficiently to achieve project goal
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player
  • Experience working or living in developing countries
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
  • Experience working on issues related to youth employment or gender is a plus

Experience conducting qualitative research is a plus

Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Title – Office or Project”. 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 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. 


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 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

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