Research Analyst

Research Analyst

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Position Summary

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a Research Analyst to be based in Medellín, Colombia, to support a portfolio of research projects on organized crime led by Christopher Blattman (The University of Chicago), Benjamin Lessing (The University of Chicago), Arantxa Rodríguez (Princeton University) and Santiago Tobón (Universidad EAFIT). This portfolio includes projects such as “Understanding Gang Recruitment in Medellin, Colombia” and “The Impacts of Intensive Municipal Governance and Community Organization on Gang Governance in Medellín”.

This is an entry-level research position that offers an excellent opportunity to learn how to design and program data collection instruments using different software, monitor fieldwork, participate in research design, clean and analyze data, and prepare presentations for different audiences.

We are looking for people with excellent verbal and written communication skills, a solid technical foundation in impact evaluation methodology, statistics, and econometrics, and demonstrated high intellectual abilities and academic performance. We are also looking for people who are capable of working individually and as a part of a team, who can adapt to different environments and contexts, and who have a continuous willingness to learn.


  • Support the implementation of field experiments.
  • Design, code, and pilot data collection instruments, such as survey questionnaires and interview guides.
  • Support the execution of surveys, focus groups, and interviews.
  • Make literature reviews.
  • Design, code, and execute data quality checks, such as High-Frequency-checks, Back-checks, and spot-checks.
  • Clean and analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Support the writing of documents (e. g. policy briefs, reports, deliverables, etc.) and the creation of presentations.



  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, government, political science, public policy, or related disciplines with a quantitative approach.
  • Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of Stata/R. It is an added value to know other programming languages and have other technical skills related to programming.
  • Familiarity with statistical and econometric concepts.
  • Ability to present and perform data analysis using Stata/R or other statistical analysis software.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish including the ability to communicate effectively and assertively.
  • Availability to work 100% of the time from Medellín, Colombia


  • Work experience after obtaining the first undergraduate degree, preferably related to research projects and/or data analysis.
  • Master’s degree in economics, government, political science, public policy, or related disciplines with a quantitative approach.
  • Previous experience working on academic research in the field of crime and violence.


Salary Range - Colombian Peso: 3,335,000 - 5,000,000 / month

Contract type

Indefinite labor contract

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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. 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 60 projects (we currently have 30 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.

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.


Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.