Temporary Research Associate, Cycling to School Project

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary:


Temporary Research Associate, Cycling to School Project

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

  • Work closely with the World Bicycle Relief, our implementation partner, throughout implementation of the study.
  • Manage, coordinate and train a large field team, distributed remotely and working concurrently in multiple areas.
  • Design and supervise logistics for field activities.
  • Ensure that all data quality protocols are followed, including auditing enumerators and performing daily checks of incoming data; identifying and correcting any concerns to ensure the data is of the highest quality.
  • Manage data, from collection of raw digital and paper-based to delivery of a final, cleaned dataset.
  • Manage the budget, including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project funds.
  • Produce regular, timely progress reports.
  • Coordinate with partners to ensure interests are aligned and accounted for; participate in and present the study at meetings with key stakeholders.
  • Assist in writing of project reports and policy memos, and liaise with key Government and education stakeholders.
  • Report issues arising in the field to researchers and line manager.

We are looking for a commitment period of 3-4 months, beginning as soon as possible.

  • Applications will be interviewed on a rolling basis. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (preferred) in economics, public policy, international development, public health or related fields.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills and strong quantitative skills.
  • Knowledge of Stata; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, lead staff efficiently to achieve project goals within the parameters of instructions given and standard accepted practices.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working (preferably in a research-related capacity) in developing countries, or carrying out fieldwork in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
Application Instructions

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Temporary Research Associate, Cycling to School Project”.  Most applications for research positions require you to include at minimum two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

Note that you are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application.

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.

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