IPA’s Global Research and Data Support (GRDS) team supports hundreds of IPA research projects around the world by delivering research resources, training programs, and direct support. Direct support includes consultation to research projects on implementation and monitoring of data quality standards and on-demand survey design, coding, and analysis. The GRDS team also develops and maintains software tools, templates, and other forms of research infrastructure. GRDS team members are located in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America.

The GRDS team is now hiring multiple positions to provide these services: Data Managers, Data Specialists, and Data Associates, depending on candidates’ level of qualifications and experience. 

This position can be based in any country where IPA has an office.

  • Provide high-quality, advanced deliverables in SurveyCTO and Stata
  • Support the testing and debugging of team’s global technical products
  • Provide code reviews to Data Associates and other research staff
  • Conduct research quality audits of ongoing research projects

Minimum qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in data science, economics, statistics, computer science, engineering, or related field
  • Three to six years of relevant experience, such as managing complex data flows and analyzing/visualizing data
  • Demonstrated experience in two or more of the below:
    • ODK/SurveyCTO (preferred)
    • Stata (preferred)
    • Other survey platforms, such as CSPro, Qualtrics, Blaise, or Survey Solutions
    • Other statistical software, such as R, SPSS, SAS, or Pandas (Python) 
    • A scripting language such as Python, JavaScript, or VBA (or Mata for Stata!) 
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and/or Google Suite for word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation development

Preferred qualifications 

  • Experience supervising data collection teams  
  • Experience working with social scientists, especially economists
  • Experience working with GIS data / maps
  • Experience working with data visualization applications
  • Experience working with APIs
  • Ability to work professionally in multiple languages, especially French or Spanish

Finalists for this position will be asked to satisfactorily complete a Stata test appropriate to the job level.

Internal candidates who meet or exceed the below qualifications are encouraged to apply.


We strongly value collaboration, as a truly global organization you can select from one of our country offices to work in (FWA preferred). This position will be on-site as most CO's have re-open. Flexible work options may be available.

Application Instructions 

To apply click here.

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 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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