A research scientist at IPA is an internal principal investigator (PI) and will be part of IPA’s Applied Research & Methods group. The individual in this role will function as a PI or co-PI for a range of studies that contribute to IPA’s mission of addressing problems of global poverty. They will collaborate with internal and external PIs to pursue this research agenda and will also have opportunities to pursue a more independent program of research based on the individual’s ability to obtain grant funding for their ideas. Scholarly publication and presentation of research at conferences and meetings with policymakers are supported and encouraged.
Currently, ARM group researchers work together on three initiatives: Path to Scale Research, Research Methods (joint with Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab), and Poverty Measurement, but there are opportunities to work on related and new initiatives. Besides working on research projects as PI or co-PI, research scientists at IPA provide internal consulting, training, and mentoring to sector teams, the Right Fit Evidence (advisory services) unit, and country offices. The team is supported by program associates and research associates.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Contribute to and eventually lead* research relevant to IPA’s mission, from conceptualization and study design to oversight of data collection and analysis, interpretation, and presentation of findings to technical and non-technical audiences.
- Contribute to and eventually lead* development of research proposals - Contribute to and eventually lead* training on running randomized trials and topics of the individual’s areas of expertise.
- Produce academic-quality research papers and present work at applied research and evidence conferences.
- Contribute to IPA’s efforts to maintain high standards of research and data quality, and research ethics.
- Review and provide constructive feedback on study designs and manuscripts, similar to academic peer review.
- Advise research teams on best practices for running field trials, including questionnaire design and methodology.
- “Contribute to or lead” activities based on level of experience, with promotion tied to independence and success in developing a research agenda.