Research Associate, Health and Wellness Centers Project - J-PAL South Asia

J-PAL South Asia
  • India
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Start Date (Earliest):
Language Requirement:
  • English
  • Hindi
Length of Commitment:
Less than one year

About the Organisation

J-PAL is a global research center working to ensure that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 194 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomised impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. We build partnerships with governments, NGOs, donors, and others to share this knowledge, scale up effective programs, and advance evidence-informed decision-making.

About the Project

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Research Associate based in India. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field experience while undertaking cutting-edge development research. The position will be based primarily in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

As part of the Ayushman Bharat reform, 150,000 public health facilities are upgraded to health and wellness centers between 2018 and 2022. In this project, we collaborate with the Government of Rajasthan to randomize the rollout of the upgrades in 200 villages to examine the effect of improved public primary healthcare on patient outcomes and investigate whether informal providers change their prices and quality in response to improved public competition. The research team is headed by Patrick Agte (Princeton) and Jyoti Joshi (CDDEP).

Role and Responsibilities

  • The Research Associate will work closely with academic researchers, research associates and other project field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Travel to project sites to monitor and coordinate field activities for primary data collection during the baseline survey
  • Assisting with capacity building activities for project stakeholders
  • Planning and managing data collection and ensuring data quality and productivity.
  • Monitoring implementation teams: recruit, train, and supervise both field-based and data operations teams consisting of project assistants, field managers, field-based surveyors, and other field and office staff.
  • Coordinating with different teams within J-PAL on a variety of tasks related to field staff contracting and payments
  • Assisting with data cleaning, preliminary data analysis, and preparation of documents and presentations for dissemination.
  • Engaging with and managing relationships with stakeholders.
  • Reporting to Research Manager and PIs on all of the above-mentioned activities

Qualification and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics, or related fields.
  • Prior experience with field data collection is desired but not necessary.
  • Experience living in a developing country is a strong plus.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills.
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English and Hindi.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player.
  • Ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations.
  • Knowledge of data analysis software is preferred (ideally Stata).
  • Familiarity with impact evaluations and randomized controlled trials, in particular, preferred.
  • Willingness to travel extensively to study areas is essential.
  • Attention to detail, ability to solve unexpected problems and adaptability to unstructured and changing environments and project demands.

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the [Research] job category, then select "[Research Associate, Health and Wellness Centers Project, 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.