Research Support Assistant - Jealous, Mixed Gender Workplaces and Female Labour Participation - J-PAL South Asia

J-PAL South Asia
  • India
Start Date (Earliest):

Language Requirement: Hindi (preferred)

Length of Commitment: 6 months

Joining Location: Patna, Bihar

Name of the Project: Jealous, Mixed Gender Workplaces and Female Labour Participation

Sector- Women’s Employment

About the Organization

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 194 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL South Asia, based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research in India, leads J-PAL’s work in the South Asia region. J-PAL South Asia conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs. Over more than ten years of existence, J-PAL South Asia has conducted 193 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations.

About the position

You will be working for Kailash Rajah, an Economics PhD student at MIT, on a field experiments identifying barriers to women’s employment in India. The project presents an excellent learning opportunity to work very closely with a PI on designing, implementing, and analysing data from a series of field experiments in India. The role also involves a large field component allowing you to gain experience designing surveys, collecting data, and monitoring teams. The position is based in JPAL’s Patna office. 

J-PAL South Asia is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to age, disability, family status, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and other attributes protected by law. We strongly encourage people from marginalized communities to apply for this role.

Project Specific Details:

In many conservative countries, including India, social norms limit the interaction of married women with men outside of their family. Such constraints on women’s mobility may make it difficult to participate in the labour market, particularly given most workplaces are mixed-gender. In this project, we test whether the presence of men in the workplace limits female labour force participation. We then conduct a series of follow-up experiments to understand the mechanisms that may be driving this. We hope the findings of this project will help to inform the design of future interventions and policies aimed at increasing women’s employment in India.

Important: Please complete this Google Form in addition to filing an application through the JPAL portal. We will only be reviewing applicants who have completed the Google Form. Please apply before 15th July 2024.

Key Responsibilities:

Research Support Assistants work closely with Research Associates, Research managers and Academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Research Design and Data Management
    • Designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot/backchecking exercises, refining study design and survey instruments
    • Ensuring that the project complies with research protocols related to data collection and security
    • Supervising data collection and data entry to ensure good data quality
    • Work with data sets, prepare and run codes regularly for daily data cleaning and analysis in STATA
    • Ability to analyze and interpret data using statistical packages like STATA and produce output, including graphs and tables
  • Managerial / Operational
    •  Maintaining relationship with partner organizations
    • Managing teams: Recruit, train, and supervise both field-based and data operations teams consisting of project assistants, field managers, field-based surveyors, data entry operators and other field and office staff
    • Overseeing the on-ground implementation of the implemention in accordance with the research design in association with our partner organization. Further, making sure the project is on track in terms of timelines.
    •  Liaising with field staff and collaborating with them including regular travel to research field sites; focus of work is to advise on quality control of data collection practices.
  •     Supporting the project in design the survey instruments and coding it in Qualtrics
  • Any other task as assigned by the PIs

Desired Qualifications

  • Resourceful, self-motivated and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  •  Experience managing or conducting data collection in the field
  •  Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and Hindi
  • Experience working with Stata and/or R strongly preferred
  • Attention to detail and ability to stay organized
  • Desire to learn and develop new skills
  • Bachelor's/Master's degree in economics or related fields
  •  Familiarity with randomized controlled trials

Note on Work Authorizations:

Candidates must have work authorization to work in India.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please click on the apply button on the JD here; the first-time users will be asked to sign up and upload the CV, cover letter, and academic transcripts (optional).

For any queries, please write to [email protected].