Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Colombia seeks a Senior Research Associate to join a dynamic and committed team in Bogotá. Our projects bring together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine solutions to improve people’s lives. This is a unique opportunity for an outstanding individual to provide strong leadership and act as a critical bridge between leading academic researchers and policymakers. The Senior Research Associate must possess the technical skills to ensure the highest quality and rigor in the design and implementation of our projects, the communication skills (written and verbal presentation) to maintain strong connections with our clients and partners (present and potential), and the managerial skills to efficiently and effectively manage complex workflows, staff teams, and project financials (i.e. budgets, grants). This position is contingent upon project approval and donor funding.

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 (i.e. mapping theory of change, measurement design and piloting, data analysis, results communication, etc.). 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 sector.

This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain extensive hands‐on research experience and significant management responsibility in a vibrant organization undertaking cutting‐edge development research as well as the opportunity to work in close collaboration with high-level policy partners. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating and collaborating with implementing partners and the PI team, designing survey questionnaires, recruiting, training and managing survey teams, designing and supervising logistics for the field activities, cleaning and analyzing survey data, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and liaising with key government stakeholders.

Responsibilities 
  • Manage relationships with investigators in multiple research institutions, funders and implementing partners to ensure successful projects
  • Plan, pilot, and supervise survey implementation, quality assurance, data cleaning, data analysis and other activities related to rigorous impact evaluation implementation
  • Design and implement monitoring systems to monitor and measure intervention program take-up and compliance
  • Work with the research team, IPA staff in Colombia and in the United States to analyze the data and interpret the findings
  • Oversee the quality of client and partner deliverables
  • Produce reports for donors, researchers and other stakeholders
  • Manage the project finances including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project budgets
  • Hire, train, and manage the field teams that conduct data collection.
Qualifications 
  • Degree in economics, political science, public health, public policy, or related fields (quantitative background preferred). A graduate degree is strongly preferred;
  • Strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative. Mastery of impact evaluation methodology and applications;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently (at least 2-4 years of research or management experience preferred);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish and English, including ability to effectively communicate;
  • Strong quantitative skills and very good knowledge of Stata required; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus;
  • Willingness to frequently travel within Colombia;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with partner organizations;
  • Capability to manage multiple tasks efficiently;
  • 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.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “ Senior Research Associate, Colombia ”. 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. 

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.