Research Associate

Research Associate

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Position Summary

IPA Peru has been leading field-based randomized evaluations since 2003. Our work in Peru, Paraguay and other Latam countries is defined by strong engagement with key decision-makers and foundational research in: education, gender-based violence, social protection, financial inclusion, and health.

IPA Peru is hiring a Research Associate (RA) to lead the impact evaluation activities of the "Volar" Early Childhood Development (RCT) project in Peru. The RA will be in charge of leading the rounds of in-person data collection and data analysis, ensuring compliance with IPA protocols, and adequate management of field coordination and logistics to achieve the study objectives. The project has a duration of 12 months, with the possibility of extension, and includes the following stages: midline, final line, data analysis and generation of final reports.

The position provides excellent opportunities in:

  • High and frequent exposure in data analysis and strategy planning with Principal Investigators. 
  • Presentation with the government in strategy validation meetings and dissemination of findings throughout the project. 
  • Learning an RCT with scaling potential 

The expected start date is during the first week of June.


  • Plan, monitor and ensure compliance with the assigned project activities to obtain deliverables.
  • Work closely with the Associate Research Manager and supervise a Research Analyst and Intern
  • Coordinate closely with project partners for the validation of strategies and decision making: Principal investigators, government officials and technical specialists, and officials from the donor institution.
  • Coordinate closely with local Government actors for the implementation of field strategies.
  • Lead the design, implementation and monitoring of face-to-face field strategies and logistics
  • Program quantitative instruments in SurveyCTO
  • Ensure compliance with IPA data quality protocols and MMDs.
  • Accompany the monitoring of the in-person field in the northern, southern and central regions of Peru.
  • Work and coordinate with the administrative, Human Resources and Finance team to ensure compliance with IPA protocols throughout the project cycle.
  • Comply with the hours of in-person assistance in the country office.
  • Availability to travel to other regions of the country between September and November 2024.



Education and experience:    

  • Bachelor in Economics or other social sciences     
  • At least one (1) year of experience leading research projects as a Research Associate     
  • At least three (3) years of work experience related to research is desired. (Experience prior to graduation is accepted)     
  • Previous experience leading or providing support in the implementation of in-person data collection.  

Technical skills:     

  • Good command of the fundamental concepts of impact evaluation and indicators     
  • Knowledge of statistics and econometrics     
  • Solid programming knowledge and skills in STATA     
  • Solid knowledge of questionnaire programming in SurveyCTO

Communication skills:     

  • Strong communication skills to communicate with a wide variety of audiences
  • Leadership and organization skills     
  • Knowledge and experience in planning, carrying out, and analyzing research projects.     
  • Excellent time management and organization skills; attention to detail; ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as a team, lead small groups, and report to supervisors


  • Experience in Early Childhood Development or Education projects is preferred. 
  • Autonomy in conducting activities related to data analysis is highly valued. 
  • Knowledge of other software such as R or Python is valued.

Deadline to Apply

May 24th, 2024

Desired Start Date

The first week of June



Application Instructions

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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 of 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 a 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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