Research Associate (Learning Lab) - J-PAL South Asia

Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
One year
Start Date 

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia, based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), is pleased to announce a research assistant position at the Learning Lab (LL), an ambitious initiative that seeks to bring the rigor of experimental methods to the study of innovations in math and language pedagogy.

The successful candidate will be based in Jaipur, India and work with Profs. Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego) and Alejandro J. Ganimian (New York University) to design, implement, and analyze computer-based randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to diagnose the learning deficits of low-income children and evaluate pedagogical strategies to address them.

The research associate will work closely with coordinate the implementation of five randomized evaluations to be conducted in the state of Rajasthan in the 2018-2019 school year. The position is designed to help the selected candidate prepare for graduate-level studies in quantitative research and/or further professional opportunities in impact evaluation.

Key responsibilities
The research associate will be responsible for:
• Recruiting, hiring, and training enumerators to assist with data collection;
• Overseeing all rounds of data collection for each randomized evaluation;
• Assisting the principal investigators in developing instruments—especially, student assessments of math and language;
• Collaborating with J-PAL South Asia’s data team and Educational Initiatives to digitize all data collection instruments;
• Collaborating with J-PAL South Asia’s research operations team to ensure that data collection protocols comply with standards for data quality;
• Monitoring the quality of the implementation of interventions;
• Assisting with applications to local and international institutional review boards;
• Assisting with pre-registration of the randomized evaluations.

Desired qualifications
• An undergraduate degree in economics, statistics, education, or a related field;
• Excellent communication skills in Hindi and English;
• Excellent management and organizational skills;
• Familiarity with randomized evaluations;
• Flexibility, motivation, and ability to work independently and with others.
• Experience cleaning and managing data and performing basic analysis in Stata.

• Experience living and working in a developing country;
• Experience overseeing large-scale projects;
• Experience liaising with an external partner organization.

Note on work authorizations
Candidates must have work authorization to work in India. This covers citizens of India, Nepal or Bhutan, Persons of Indian origin (PIO), and an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI). In case a candidate is eligible for a PIO or an OCI status but does not already have the card, J-PAL South Asia will sponsor the card.

How to Apply

Applicants need to submit at least 2 letters of recommendations, a cover letter, and a resume. The cover letter should briefly describe your reasons for seeking this position, your experience (if any) in developing countries, and earliest available start date. Short-listed applicants will be required to participate in multiple interviews.

The application is rolling. Early applications are strongly encouraged and interviews will start on a rolling basis and the positions may fill.

Applications should be submitted through the J-PAL/IPA common application.  After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate (Learning Lab) - J-PAL South Asia”. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview(s).