Research Associate, Citizen Security - IPA

Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
Two years
Start Date 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified Research Associate (RA) to support an impact evaluation of citizen security in Cali.

The Research Associate will be based in Bogotá or Cali, Colombia and the position will require frequent travel between the two cities. The RA will work closely with the Mayor’s Office in Cali, IPA Colombia staff, and the team of Principal Investigators comprised of Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes) and Robert Blair (Brown University).

IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding research and communication skills. The Research Associate will take a lead role in processing survey and administrative data. Moreover, the RA will lead the design, management, and implementation of different data collection activities, including: (i) ethnographic observations, and (ii) surveys. Key areas of involvement will include: coordinating and collaborating with stakeholders (partners and donors) and the PI team; designing survey questionnaires; recruiting, training and managing survey teams; designing and supervising field activities; and cleaning and analyzing survey, administrative and spatial data.

The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. It also requires strong knowledge of quantitative research methods and GIS and data analysis software (Stata and R and either ArcGIS or QGIS). Similarly, familiarity with the literature on citizen security and crime is a strong plus. The ideal starting date is July 15, 2019.

  • Process and analyze administrative and primary data and generate analysis reports;
  • Design, manage, and implement different data collection activities, including: (i) ethnographic observations, and (ii) surveys;
  • Ensure data quality and relevance;
  • Hire and manage field teams;
  • Support the writing of project reports and policy memos;
  • Manage effective communication and relationship with stakeholders (partners and donors) and the team of Principal Investigators
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in political science, economics, public policy or related field;
  • Experience conducting quantitative research;
  • Experience working on/researching security and crime is strongly preferred;
  • Mastery of impact evaluation methodologies and applications;
  • Experience with Stata required;
  • Experience with GIS (i.e. ArcGIS or QGIS) required;
  • Experience with R required;
  • Experience working in Latin America and especially in Cali is a strong plus;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Excellent command of Spanish and English, both spoken and written;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Flexible, self-motivating and team player.

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