IPA Peru seeks a Research Associate (RA) to lead and manage RCT projects in El Salvador for a period of 6 months. The RA will monitor and supervise the intervention of two early child development projects : (i) provide skills training in parenting practices and use of ECD services, for caregivers of children between 2 and 8 years, in order to improve parenting quality and inversion;
and (ii) provide training in Growth Mindset to parents of children on preschool age (4 5 years), including an intervention survey, in order to improve efforts in parenting and develop an effort-focused mindset in parents and their children.
The RA will work closely with a Research Associate, Country Director, and staff from the implementing partner, to oversee the implementation of the research study.
The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research, as well as the opportunity to work in close collaboration with high-level policy partners.
Key areas of involvement will include : coordinating and collaborating with implementing partners, training and managing survey teams, supervising logistics for the field activities, cleaning and analyzing survey data and assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos.
Lead the implementation of the research study,
Develop, test and program questionnaires in SurveyCTO,
Monitoring and coordinate with the implementing partner that will conduct Parenting training intervention,
Train and manage enumerators that will conduct Growth mindset intervention,
Oversee implementation and data collection activities; measure and enforce adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits,
Maintain detailed data collection and project logs; ensure compliance with IPA policies and procedures,
Develop reports and deliverables for project partner, communicate about field activities when required,
Manage day-to-day relationships with the implementing partner,
Regularly communicate updates with the Principal Investigators and the Research Coordinator / Manager.
A bachelor’s degree in economics, social science, public policy, or related fields (quantitative background preferred).
A Master’s degree is a plus,
Strong analytical abilities and quantitative skills; good knowledge of Stata required (or other similar data analysis software);
programming and another technical knowledge a plus,
Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred,
Experience managing field work and data collection strongly preferred,
Experience programming electronic surveys is a plus,
Excellent management and organizational skills,
Must be able to work under pressure, independently and in a team, and meet deadlines, flexibility, self-motivation, and pro-activity highly valued,
Creativity and intellectual curiosity in experimental methods, ability to find quick and effective solutions to unforeseen circumstances,
Fluency and excellent communication skills in Spanish and English.
Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices