Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
CERP is recruiting a Research Associate for the Supporting Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Project. This is a full-time position based in Islamabad and will require significant field work in both urban and rural areas of the country. The Research Associate will contribute to data collection, entry, cleaning and analysis. Further, this position involves communication and coordination with BISP staff and authorities. You will also have the opportunity to engage with leading economists and public policy experts from Harvard University, LSE, and MIT.
Project Description BISP is the flagship anti-poverty program of the Government of Pakistan, and one of the largest cash transfer programs in the world. It targets social protection and poverty reduction by delivering unconditional cash transfers, conditional cash transfers, human capital development and income generation programs. The Research Associate will be part of the CERP team providing data analysis and policy support to BISP especially, but not limited to, on the poverty graduation experiment to understand how best to transition beneficiaries off of BISP and into sustainable livelihoods.
The Principle Investigators (PIs) of the project are Dr. Rema Hana (Harvard Kennedy School), Dr. Adnan Khan (LSE, IGC) and Professor Ben Olken (MIT/J-PAL).
Job Description Your primary responsibility will be towards the Supporting BISP Project. However, you may be asked to assist on other tasks/projects at CERP in consultation with your reporting supervisor(s). Your tasks will include:
Design and Developing Interventions
Data Analysis and Management
Other duties as assigned by the PC or PIs
The work can be challenging, yet very exciting given the scope and possibilities for growth within. CERP’s project teams are small, and the amount of work we accomplish is significant. The position is challenging but rewarding – only apply if you are the type of person who takes charge and responsibility, can do good work with little supervision, and are not afraid to learn new things in order to get the job done. Strong data analytic skills are required to clean and analyze the data collected for sampling purposes, as well as through the pilot, and eventual roll-out phase. A willingness to travel and the ability to take on challenges are essential.
How to apply: Interested candidates should fill this online form and send their cover letter, CV, and university transcripts to email@example.com with the subject title “Research Team- Supporting BISP”. Incomplete applications will not be considered.