IPA-Philippines is looking to hire a Research Associate (RA) for two years (extendable) to manage a large scale data collection activity for the long term Panel Surveys under the direction of Principal Investigator Dean Karlan. This includes working with Dean Karlan and PI team to also implement RCTs that will utilize data from the Panel Survey.

The RA will work closely with the PIs and Research Analysts based in the US, the Research Manager and other IPA Philippines’ country office staff and local implementing partners. The project is spread across various locations in the Philippines, so candidates should be prepared for extensive travel.  

This project offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in quantitative data collection and to work with partner organizations and senior PIs.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing, field testing and finalizing questionnaires; managing translation into local dialects; programming the questionnaires in SurveyCTO
  • Hiring, training and managing a large field team in collaboration with the project’s Field Manager
  • Overseeing data collection activities; ensuring adherence to data quality protocols, managing data quality audits and running high frequency checks using Stata
  • Communicating with ICM about field activities when required
  • Maintaining detailed data collection and project logs
  • Regularly communicating updates and troubleshooting challenges with the Research Coordinator and Principal Investigators
  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred
  • Experience working with Stata or similar data analysis software
  • Familiarity with SurveyCTO preferred
  • Ability to travel extensively and lead field work across the Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines
  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to work independently
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English, knowledge of Tagalog or other Filipino languages/dialects is a strong plus
  • Working experience in a developing country is a strong plus
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the APPROPRIATE CATEGORY job category, then select “Research Associate”. Applications require you to include a statement of purpose (cover letter) and CV.

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 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. 

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