Research Analyst, Colombia - IPA

Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
Less than one year
Start Date 
October 01, 2019

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified Research Analyst based in Cali, Colombia, to support the office’s research project “Pequeñas Aventureras” for 3 months. Our projects bring together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine solutions to improve the lives of the world’s poor. The Analyst will work closely with the Research Associates team on the design and implementation of research studies.

This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain extensive hands‐on field research experience in a vibrant organization undertaking cutting‐edge development research. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating and collaborating with the Research Associate and Research Manager, designing survey questionnaires, recruiting, training and managing survey teams, cleaning and analyzing survey, and assisting in the writing of project reports. The work will develop your analytical and management skills and require your full commitment in a challenging environment.

About the project: On the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam, all participating non-OECD Latin American countries produced gender gaps in favor of boys that were nearly double the OECD average. These disparities translate into gender gaps in tertiary graduation rates, particularly in Engineering, where women comprise 32.1% in Colombia. Moreover, female participation rates in engineering and physical and computer sciences have declined consistently in LAC region over the past decade. This project aims to reduce the gender gap in STEM in 4- and 5-years old children in the community houses of Cali using an educational program “Pequeñas Aventureras” created by Sesame Workshop.


  • Monitor the implementation of field work;
  • Ensure compliance with the data quality protocol;
  • Work with PIs, and IPA staff in Colombia to analyze the data and interpret the findings;
  • Support the development of reports in English and Spanish;
  • Support the design of survey questionnaires;
  • Support the literature review for research projects.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, international development, or related fields;
  • At least 6 months of work experience, preferably in a research setting and data analysis;
  • Excellent organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail; ability to work independently;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish and English, including ability to effectively communicate;
  • Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of Stata required; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with partner organizations;
  • Capability to manage multiple tasks efficiently;
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service;
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices

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