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Research Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action

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Job Description


The Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks related to managing day-to-day research activities, from planning to implementation, and monitoring quality. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan, conduct and lead field research including training field staff, team planning and logistics, and data collection
  • Create annual project plans • Assist in questionnaire development – conduct pilot survey exercises, provide feedback on field operations and survey instruments, and refine and finalize survey instruments in collaboration with the Principal Investigators
  • Managing 1-2 long term project staff Recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating field-based teams
  • Supervising and monitoring data collection to ensure high-quality of the data
  • Running data quality checks and fixing issues with data collected during data collection
  •  Assisting in data cleaning and preliminary analysis and ensuring ready access to all data for researchers and/or supervisors
  • Ensure that research data and outputs are stored in a confidential and systematic fashion
  • Documenting in detail all activities related to the project
  • Maintaining accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
  • Preparing high-quality progress and results reports to PIs, research partners, and funding agencies, and sharing them timely
  • Providing timely updates and responses to partner organizations, and participating in meetings with key stakeholders
  • Managing project finances including budgeting, expense tracking and financial reporting
  • Ensuring that all team members follow necessary protocols and procedures
  • Handling day to day PI and partner communication


  • Bachelor’s, advanced degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in economics, international development, financial inclusion, public policy, or other relevant field.
  • Four to six years of prior professional experience in economics research, impact evaluations, financial inclusion, international development; or financial sector policy; preferably with experience managing research activities on the ground.
  • Experience working in the payments ecosystem in the Philippines; strong understanding of local ecosystem dynamics is preferred.
  • Experience using statistical software such as Stata or R is required.
  • Strong project management ability. Experience managing multi-stakeholder and multi country projects is a plus.
  • Strong professional writing skills.
  • Strong client facing and presentation skills.
  • Fluency in English and Portuguese a must.
  • Experience with randomized controlled trials strongly preferred.
  • Experience interacting with researchers and practitioners, especially high-level government officials and c-suite executives is a strong plus.
  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial mindset, versatility and strong multi-tasking skills.
  • Passion for making data-driven decision making a reality in the development sector.
  • Team player, with the ability to lead and coordinate across teams and external partners.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree preferred Experience managing field work/staff in developing countries strongly preferred
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