Research Associate (Panel Survey)

Research Associate (Panel Survey)

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IPA-Philippines is looking to hire a Research Associate (RA) for two years (extendable) to manage a large scale data collection activity for the twenty-year Philippines Socioeconomic Panel Survey (PSPS) under the direction of Principal Investigators Dean Karlan and Chris Udry. This includes working with the PI team to implement RCTs that will utilize data from PSPS. The RA will work closely with the PIs and Research Analysts based in the US, the Policy and PD Manager and other IPA Philippines’ country office staff and local implementing partners. The project is spread across various locations in Western Visayas, so candidates should be prepared for extensive travel. This project offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in quantitative data collection, to work with senior PIs and government officials.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • 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 relevant stakeholders about field activities
  • Maintaining detailed data collection and project logs
  • Regularly communicating updates and troubleshooting challenges with the Research Coordinator and Principal Investigators
  • Supporting in the development, field testing and finalization of questionnaires; managing translation into local dialects; programming the questionnaires in SurveyCTO


  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials is a plus
  • Experience working with Stata or similar data analysis software
  • Familiarity with SurveyCTO preferred Ability to travel extensively and lead field work across the Western Visayas region 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

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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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Reports to

Policy and Project Development Manager, Country Director

Deadline to apply

Rolling basis

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