Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a highly motivated and qualified candidate to serve as an Associate Researcher to deepen and expand our in-house technical talent under its exciting new Consolidation Research Initiative. The Consolidation Research Initiative aims to produce the evidence needed to move promising solutions to global poverty problems from initial pilots to scalable and adaptable programs and policies. This includes field replications and extensions of impact evaluations, verification and reanalysis studies, evidence reviews and syntheses, and qualitative scoping and follow-up research. The initiative works across a variety of sectors including, health and nutrition, small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurship, social protection, and intimate partner violence and across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This is a great opportunity for a PhD to be part of cutting edge research at an organization dedicated to producing rigorous evidence and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems.
The ideal candidate will be self-starter who is passionate about research and evidence-based policy-making. The position will provide the candidate the opportunity to collaborate with IPA sector and country program staff and external partners to develop research projects and proposals, shape specific consolidation research agenda, conduct rigorous impact evaluations and other policy-relevant research, and publish and share results. The candidate will be expected to work outside of his or her specific area of expertise, at times, to apply rigorous impact evaluation methods, especially RCTs, in collaboration with external principal investigators that may involve top academics from leading research institutions and universities.
The position reports to the lead researcher directing the Consolidation Research Initiative and will be based in New York City, Washington, DC, or New Haven, CT with international travel estimated at 20-25 percent.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:
- Collaborate in developing new research projects and funding proposals based on the Consolidation Research Initiative priorities
- Design and implement research projects as a principal investigator (PI), collaborating with academic PIs in IPA’s extensive researcher network when possible
- Conduct evidence reviews and assist with identifying promising evidence-based interventions to prioritize for replication and additional research
- Lead publication of reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, policy briefcases, and bulletins resulting from research projects
- Present research study designs and results to partners and at conferences
- Supervise, manage and mentor IPA staff, external partners, and implementing partners on research projects
- Oversee financial management of portfolio of projects, with support from project managers
- Develop and manage external relationships with donors and researchers on behalf of the Consolidation Research Initiative
- Provide technical advice to other research teams as needed, and contribute to the advancement of IPA’s research protocols, data quality standards and capacity building of research staff
- PhD or equivalent in economics, social sciences, research methods, statistics or other related fields and 3-5 years of experience conducting independent research
- Experience conducting field research in developing countries; experience with RCTs preferred
- Experience managing large-scale research projects and research staff
- Strong knowledge of quantitative research design and methodology
- Fluency in quantitative data management and analysis; experience using STATA or other data analysis software
- Experience living and working internationally preferred
- Demonstrated success winning research grants
- History of publications in peer-reviewed journals, white papers, reports
- Experience leading design and implementation of research (RCTs preferred)
- Experience working with donors, government agencies, policymakers, and researchers
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders and with staff at differing levels and internationally
- Twenty to twenty-five percent of international travel required on an annual basis. Length of trips vary based on project responsibilities.