The part-time Temporary Research Coordinator, for the Socio-Emotional Skills (SES) for Entrepreneurs study will support researchers at the World Bank with data analysis, literature reviews and document writing to inform the design of a new multi-country study. The Temporary Research Coordinator will work on a part-time basis with the team of researchers involved in the SES study to combine and analyze data from numerous past studies. In addition, the Temporary Research Coordinator will conduct in depth desk research on past research studies focused on entrepreneurship, socio-emotional skills, and gender related topics. The Temporary Research Coordinator will also support the research team as they launch field experiments in a number of countries, including preparing survey instruments, communicating with field staff and other tasks as necessary.
- Process, merge, and analyze survey and administrative data from previous research studies.
- Develop detailed code for data pre-processing, cleaning, and standardization.
- Implement procedures to anonymize data and ensure security and confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Write scripts to analyze the data as per the analysis plan developed with the researchers, and extract insights and key learnings.
- Create graphs, charts, and other visualizations to provide insight into structure and patterns in data.
- Perform econometric analysis using scripting languages and statistical packages (R and/or Stata).
- Liaise with IPA research support team, the project principal investigators and other IPA field staff.
- Conduct literature reviews under the guidance of the principal investigators and other research staff.
- Work closely with field staff to ensure smooth implementation and high-quality data collection; liaise actively with partners on data-related communication.
- Support team members in discussions related to the design of new research projects.
- Develop working papers, policy-relevant research synthesis outputs and communications for project partners.
- Other related tasks as necessary.
- Masters Degree in economics, political science, public health, public policy, or related fields (quantitative background preferred.
- Advanced data management and statistical analysis skills in Stata or R.
- Strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative. Mastery of impact evaluation methodology and applications.
- Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently. (Three to five years of research or management experience is a plus.)
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, but responsibly carry out tasks independently.
- Ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner, both written and oral, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external partners.
- Demonstrated interest and experience in research on gender and/or entrepreneurship; this should include both conducting literature reviews and data analysis.
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