Energy Research Associate - J-PAL South Asia

Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
One year
Start Date 
April 15, 2019–December 05, 2019

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) seeks qualified applicants for positions as Research Associates for projects on agriculture, education, environment, finance, health, labor, and governance in locations around the world. The projects study a variety of topics within the previously listed fields. These positions offer an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. Positions are located primarily in developing countries around the world and the principal investigators are J-PAL affiliated professors.

Project Description:

The problem of reliable electricity supply for the poor is therefore in large part a problem of increasing revenue collection and reducing losses. J-PAL South Asia and the Principal Investigators are working with the power distribution companies in Bihar to help them reduce their revenue losses with the aim of studying its impact on quality of power supply and economic growth.

Research Associate Roles and Responsibilities:

The RA will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot exercise, refining study design, and surveying instruments.
  • Managing teams: Recruit, train, and supervise both field-based and data operations teams consisting of project assistants, field managers, field-based surveyors, data entry operators, and other field and office staff.
  • Overseeing implementation of the evaluation in accordance with the research design, in association with our partner organization.
  • Maintaining relationships with partner organizations at both headquarters and field levels Supervising data collection and data entry, and ensuring data quality and productivity.
  • Assisting with data cleaning, preliminary data analysis, and preparation of documents and presentations for dissemination.
  • Reporting to PIs and the Research Manager on all of the above-mentioned activities.


Desired Qualifications and Experience: 


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics (or related field) or Engineering
  • At least 1 year of work experience
  • Prior experience with field data collection is desired but not necessary
  • Familiarity with impact evaluations and randomized controlled trials is required
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency in Hindi and English and strong communication skills are required
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
  • Willingness to live in Bihar and travel extensively to study areas
  • Basic knowledge of STATA or other data analysis tool


  • Master’s degree in economics, engineering or related disciplines is preferred
  • Experience living in a developing country and/or liaising with government officials is strongly desired but not necessary
  • Proficiency in STATA (or other tools such as R, SPSS etc.) is desired
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations

We are looking for a commitment period of 14 months for this position. This position is located in Patna, Bihar.

Note on Work Authorizations

Candidates must have work authorization to work in India. This covers citizens of India, Nepal or Bhutan, Persons of Indian origin (PIO), and an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI). 

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select "Energy Research Associate - J-PAL South Asia” and include resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two recommendation letters. Note that applications with incomplete submissions will not be considered.

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 short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.