Field Research Assistant - Other

Country 
Côte d'Ivoire
Education 
Bachelor's
Master's
Other advanced degree
Language Requirement 
English
French
Length of Commitment 
Less than one year
Start Date 
ASAP

Background 

Local governments’ ability to provide quality services to the population depends in part on their ability to raise tax revenue. As Côte d’Ivoire moves towards digitalization of its tax collection systems at both national and local levels, it is important to understand the opportunities that it presents, as well as potential challenges. BMI (Business Management Invest) is partnering with municipalities interested in adopting the digital, cashless tax collection system called Net-Collect. A team of researchers, led by Professor Pascaline Dupas from Stanford University and Deivy Houeix from MIT, is working with BMI to evaluate the impact of the system on local state capacity.

 Job Description

The Field Research Assistant is a short-term position based in Abidjan. This is a 5-month fixed term position.

The position offers an opportunity to bolster prior first-hand field experience with researchers undertaking cutting-edge economic development research. The Field Research Assistant will directly report to and work closely with the US-based research team, while being based at the BMI’s headquarters, providing data analysis expertise to BMI.

The main responsibility of the Field Research Assistant will be to support data generation and analysis. Two main types of data will be involved: administrative data generated by the BMI platform and survey data collected by survey teams. The field research assistant will be asked to perform a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to: 

  • Coordinating and supervising data analysis activities (both administrative and survey data). This includes:
    • Overseeing the management of data – including quality verification, cleaning, storage, digitization, and documentation.
    • Perform data analytics and report hypotheses, summary statistics, and findings to the research team in a clear, logical, and reproducible manner;
    • Assist the research team with managing survey teams.
    • Maintaining regular communication between US-based researchers and teams in CI.
  • Assisting with compliance with all research regulations (domestic and foreign), permits from local authorities, etc.
  • Assisting in writing project reports
  • Report to research team on all of the above-mentioned activities
  • Any other task as assigned by the research team

Education and Work Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in statistics, economics, computer science, public policy, or related field
  • Knowledge of Stata and/or R (required) and GIS language (preferred)
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in French (for work in Cote d’Ivoire)
  • Flexible, self-motivating, detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player
  • Excellent quantitative skills along with strong management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Ability to work independently and in field locations
  • Previous experience in development research preferred.

A background check will be required for all final candidates.

Position details:

  • Competitive pay
  • Start date: ASAP.
  • Deadline to apply: August 23.

How to Apply

To apply, send an email with subject line “[Research Assistant Tax-CI – LAST AND FIRST NAME]” with a CV and 2-3 paragraphs describing your work experience, especially with data analysis, and your transcripts. The email can be written in English or French.

Short-listed candidates will receive a technical exercise and will be invited to an interview.

Contact Names: Deivy Houeix ([email protected]) and Eva Lestant ([email protected]).