Senior Research Associate

Senior Research Associate

Organization: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Apply By: 15 Jun 2023

Location: Patna(Bihar)

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About the Organization

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 194 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL South Asia, based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research in India, leads J-PAL’s work in the South Asia region. J-PAL South Asia conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs. Over more than ten years of existence, J-PAL South Asia has conducted 193 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations.

Job Description

J-PAL South Asia at the Institute for Financial Management and Research seeks qualified applicants for the position of Senior Research Associate (SRA). The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management and research experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. The SRA will report to the Research Manager and work closely with the Principal Investigators (PIs).

The SRA will represent the research team on the ground and play a critical role to implement the research project. The SRA needs to be experienced and very comfortable in conducting fieldwork (typically managing large field teams), desk analysis and literature reviews, and maintaining strong relationships with the partner organization (Government). Candidates with knowledge of coding to process, analyze and visualize data will be further prioritized.

Job Responsibilities

Senior Research Associates 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 exercises, refining study design and survey instruments across process monitoring activities
  • Managing teams: Train and supervise both field-based and data operations teams consisting of project assistants, field managers, field-based surveyors, data entry operators and other field and office staff
  • Travel to project sites to monitor and coordinate field activities for primary data collection during intervention monitoring
  • Overseeing the implementation of the evaluation in accordance to the research design in association with our partner organizations
  • Ensuring that the project complies with IRB and JPAL data collection and security protocols
  • Engaging with and managing relationships with stakeholders.
  • Maintaining relationship with partner organizations at various levels as required in the project
  • Coordinating with teams across different verticals within JPAL on a variety of operational tasks
  • Supervising data collection and data-entry, and ensuring data quality and productivity
  • Assisting with data cleaning, preliminary data analysis, and preparation of documents and presentations for dissemination
  • Reporting to RM and PI on all of the above-mentioned activities and any other work assigned
  • Assisting in the preparation of documents and presentations for donor reporting as well as dissemination activities
  • Maintain compliance with all J-PAL protocols and policies.

Education Qualification/Required Skills & Experience

  • Master's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
  • Relevant Experience-4 years or more
  • Experience of working in rural areas
  • Willingness to travel
  • Excellent management/ organizational skills and able to solve unexpected problems
  • Excellent quantitative skills (required), qualitative skills (preferred)
  • Working knowledge of Stata (required), R, SurveyCTO
  • Familiarity with RCTs
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Ability to deal with unstructured and dynamic environments
  • Prior experience in conducting process evaluation assessments
How to apply

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