Research Analyst, Ethics - IPA
- United States of America
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an international non-profit research organization. IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture. With offices in New York NY and Washington DC, the IPA global teams work with field offices in 20+ country offices worldwide.
The Research Analyst will ensure the timely and accurate administration of IPA’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), in supporting promotion of research ethics at IPA. (See https://www.poverty-action.org/researchers/working-with-ipa/irb for more information).
In particular, the role includes the following responsibilities:
Administering research ethics’ Institutional Review Board (IRB) at IPA
- Administration and review of IPA’s IRB, which includes conducting first review of all protocols submitted to IPA’s IRB (original applications, amendments, renewals and unexpected events) and determining risk level with support from Research Manager and IRB Chair.
- Remain up-to-date on IRB regulations as they apply to IPA IRB, in collaboration with the Research Manager and IPA IRB External Chair.
- Lead administration of monthly IRB board meetings, which includes sending calendar invites, taking notes, sending materials to the IRB members and keeping accurate reports for IRB purposes.
- Continuously improve IRB processes (updating of forms and process in Salesforce) and for developing metrics to track the efficiency and effectiveness of IPA IRB
- Support the Research Ethics Coordiantor and external IRB Chair to build a culture of research ethics at IPA. This includes conducting literature reviews of ethics regulations and ethics oversight within the international development sector, writing/supporting writing of memos, blog posts and white papers on ethical research.
- Support capacity building of IPA staff globally for research ethics and IRB by developing training materials for IRB and ethics.
- A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a social science, lab science, ethics or related fields
- High attention to detail and organizational ability, willingness to perform administrative tasks
- Ability to work well with a team in a collegial environment
- Interest in learning about research ethics in an international setting
- Fluency in English with strong communication skills
- Understanding of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) design
- Previous experience working with Institutional Review Boards or research ethics committees
- Experience with research projects in a developing country