Research Associate, B-FAB

Burkina Faso
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
More than two years
Start Date 
July 16, 2018

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks an experienced, motivated, and intelligent Research Associate, who is passionate about working with data and committed to learning about new environments and problems. IPA is recruiting a Research Associate to work on the wrap-up of a baseline survey, monitoring community-based interventions related to fertility choices and family planning and implementing various follow-up rounds of data collection in Burkina Faso. The project offers an opportunity to gain extensive field, management, and survey design experience in a large-scale, multi-dimensional survey, as well as experience with village-based programs. A commitment of at least one year is required, with possibility of renewal for a second year.

The Principal Investigators (PIs) for the project are Pascaline Dupas (Stanford), Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern), Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA), and Pauline Rossi (University of Amsterdam). Communication with the PIs will be primarily over email and by phone, with occasional week-long field visits by one or more PIs.

The Research Associate will work closely with the Ouagadougou-based Research Manager to oversee training of surveyors and data collection across several rural locations in Burkina Faso. Tasks include, but are not limited to: data collection piloting, survey design and programming, surveyor training, survey team management, preliminary data analysis, and outreach to communities, government stakeholders, and traditional authorities. The position will be in Ouagadougou and involve extensive travel.

The Research Associate would ideally have experience living or traveling in developing countries and be willing to live and work in remote, rural environments. The Research Associate should be able to work in French, have experience with quantitative data collection and analysis (experience in STATA preferred), and be capable of working independently. Experience managing survey teams in the field is a plus.


  • Oversee large scale data collection activities
  • Manage logistics for new pilot activities
  • Develop and pilot survey instrument
  • Design forms for electronic data collection (using SurveyCTO) and manage survey data
  • Recruit, train and manage teams to conduct surveys
  • Ensure adherence to data quality protocols and assist with data cleaning and preliminary analysis
  • Monitor project timeline and budget, including tracking project expenses and adherence to the project budget and timeline
  • Work closely with local partners to ensure study protocols are followed
  • Assist with donor reporting
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Proficiency in French, the working language in Burkina Faso
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills, for communications with PI
  • Excellent computer proficiency including in STATA and MS Office – Word, Excel
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given and standard accepted practices
  • At least one year of work experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage teams or experience that could be applied to this role
  • Responsible, accountable and able to manage problematic situations
  • Experience living and working in a developing country
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred 

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate, Family Planning”.  Most applications for research positions require you to include at minimum two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

Note that you are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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.