Research Analyst - IPA

United States
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
More than two years
Start Date 
September 03, 2018

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is looking to hire a full-time Research Analyst to work with a team of Research Staff at the Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) base at Northwestern University, starting in September 2018 or earlier. This position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with managing and analyzing data from randomized field experiments.

The Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) is a research center that uses empirical evidence to address the challenges of overcoming poverty and improving well-being in the developing world.


The Research Analyst will work closely with Dean Karlan, his co-PIs, the Research Manager and the Research Coordinator, and collaborate with IPA Country Office staff to perform a variety of tasks including (but not limited to):

  • Designing and programming survey instruments
  • Supporting data quality checks for ongoing surveys like programming/running high frequency checks and back checks using stata and surveyCTO
  • Cleaning data from surveys and creating data sets for analysis
  • Analyzing data and creating tables for academic papers and reports
  • Assisting in the writing of project reports, policy memos, and academic papers
  • Corresponding with external partners organization and donors as needed


  • Strong programming skills including experience with statistical software such as Stata
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Focus in Economics, statistics or a related field preferred)
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices

How to Apply

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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 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.