Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has conducted 900+ evaluations in 51 countries. IPA mobilizes and supports decision-makers to use evidence-based solutions to build better programs and policies at scale through partnerships with government and development organizations.

Since IPA Colombia’s founding in 2014, we have completed 40+ projects, with 10+ ongoing projects, evaluating the impact of policies, programs, and products across a variety of topics such as ECD, government cash transfers, migration, financial inclusion, peace and recovery, among others in both the public and private sectors.

Associate profile

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a Research Associate to support the office’s research projects. The Research Associate will work closely with the research manager, principal investigators, and implementing partners gaining  hands‐on field research experience and management responsibility. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating and collaborating with implementing partners and the PI team, designing survey questionnaires, recruiting, training and managing survey teams, designing and supervising logistics for the field activities, cleaning and analyzing survey data, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and liaising with key stakeholders. The work will develop your analytical and management skills and require your full commitment in a challenging environment.

As an ideal candidate, you should have a solid technical foundation in impact evaluation methodology and in econometrics and statistics. You must be able to lead small teams and manage relations with relevant stakeholders including investigators and implementing partners. You should be organized, have a great capacity to work individually and as a team and demonstrate rigorous attention to detail. 

  • Coordinate and serve as a liaison between project partners during the design and implementation stages of the study.
  • Design and implement systems and protocols that guarantee data quality.
  • Present frequent reports to the Research Manager, Principal Investigators and Partners regarding the assigned project.
  • Design and implement monitoring systems of interventions ensuring that the plan is executed correctly
  • Work alongside the national and global research team to analyze data and interpret results.
  • Write project reports and deliverables, as well as participate in the darfting of summaries and policy briefs, among others.
  • Participate in the hiring, training and management of field teams performed by the field manager.
  • Design data collection and monitoring instruments along with researchers.
  • Monitor the implementation of field work and support data collection so that it is implemented according to the design.
  • Support literature reviews and other tasks relevant to research projects.
  • Participate in the research design processes at different stages.
  • Work on the development of tools to guarantee the quality of the data in the data collections.
  • Work with the Researchers, the IPA team and other partners that are part of the projects to analyze data  and interpret the results.
  • Support the development of reports and presentations related to research design or findings for different audiences in English and Spanish.
  • Work together with the team of analysts and interns in project activities
  • Actively participate in other office activities aimed at meeting strategic goals.
  • Undergraduate degree in Economics, Government, Administration, Finance, Engineering or related with a quantitative approach.
  • At least 2 years of work experience after obtaining the first undergraduate degree, preferably related to research projects and/or data analysis.
  • Familiarity with the fundamental concepts of impact evaluations and specifically with randomized control trials.
  • Ability to understand academic research studies and analyze bodies of research.
  • Experience in drawing policy lessons from these and communicating them to various audiences.
  • Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of Stata, it is an added value to know other programming languages and have other technical skills related to programming.
  • Knowledge of statistical and econometric concepts.
  • Ability to present and perform data analysis using Stata or other statistical analysis software.
  • Ability to manage relationships with partners and counterparts.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and lead teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service.
  • Capacity to plan and be organized, have attention to detail and ability to work in a team and individually.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish including the ability to communicate effectively and assertively.
  • Availability to travel frequently within Colombia.


Added value that is not a requirement

  • Relevant knowledge and experience on issues related to early childhood development, migration, public innovation, monitoring, evaluation, and learning will be valued.
  • Experience working with large non-governmental, international organizations and national or local government agencies.
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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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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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