The Qualitative Data Analyst is responsible for classifying interviews collected in the field according to a coding scheme determined by the research team. The Analyst also occasionally participates in the supervision of enumerators and auditing audio recordings of interviews.

  • Participate in the training of enumerators and qualitative data analysts.
  • Occasionally supervise enumerators in the process of conducting interviews, and give feedback about their work, ensuring that interview protocols are followed.
  • Monitor interactions between police officers and enumerators to ensure the safety of field staff, following up with the research team and partners when incidents arise.
  • Regularly communicate observations concerning the performance of enumerators to the Research Associates.
  • In collaboration with the Research Associates and data analysts, validate the coding framework using interviews from a second survey pilot.
  • Classify assigned interviews according to the determined coding structure.
  • Suggest new nodes for the coding framework, or changes to existing nodes, based on detailed revision of the interviews the Analyst will be responsible for coding.
  • Meet frequently with other Qualitative Analysts to debate points of confusion and ensure that the team’s work is calibrated.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Ensure compliance with IPA policies regarding management and protection of data.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Anthropology, or similar.
  • Two to four years’ experience in one or more of the following areas: In-depth interviews, coding of qualitative data, work with public security institutions, research involving photo-elicited methods, and/or fieldwork supervision.
  • Knowledge of basic software packages.
  • Ability to work under pressure and independently.
  • Near-native or native speaker of Spanish

Desired Education and Work Experience

  • Masters’ degree (completed or in progress) in Psychology, Anthropology, or similar
  • Up to five years’ experience, and/or experience in several of the areas previously mentioned
  • Experience with statistical software, especially NVIVO, Atlas, or SPSS.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Qualitative Data Analyst, Mexico”.  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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