Research Associate - Project Malawi

Country : Malawi
Education  :Bachelor's / Master's
Language Requirement  : English
Length of Commitment : One year
Start Date : June 01, 2016 - September 01, 2016      


Professors Hyuncheol Bryant Kim and Jim Berry (Cornell University) seek qualified applicants for a position as a Research Associate in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Research Associate will work on projects in mother and child health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention in secondary schools, and scholarships and tutoring in primary schools. The position will offer an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.

Key Responsibilities

The Research Associate will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Designing survey questionnaires, running pilot exercises, refining study design, and conducting qualitative research
  • Supervising data collection and data-entry
  • Assisting in finding project partner(s) and maintaining partner relationships
  • Overseeing the implementation of the evaluation in accordance with the research design
  • Assisting with data cleaning and preliminary data analysis
  • Assisting in preparation of documents and presentations for donor reporting as well as dissemination activities

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public health, or related fields. Training in microeconomics and econometrics/statistics is preferred. A Master’s degree in economics or a related field is also a plus
  • Past experience living in a developing country and working in the health and/or education sectors is a strong plus
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and ability to work in teams
  • Ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is preferred
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials is preferred

How to Apply?

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Field Research Assistant ? Project Malawi in Malawi”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. Note that you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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