Research Associate

J-PAL, Jaipur Rajasthan, India

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th August, 2019

Job Description

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 181 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty.

About the Project

Scaling up government health insurance that provides access to free or low-cost care at public and private hospitals is a key policy priority in India and many other LMICs. However, there is relatively little systematic empirical evidence to inform the design and implementation of these programs. Furthermore, several studies in India have found these programs have muted effects on health spending and outcomes. Building on previous research conducted in partnership with the Government of Rajasthan, this project will identify and evaluate supply and demand side interventions to increase hospital compliance with program rules and encourage appropriate take-up of the program by eligible patients, with a particular focus on females and children.


This position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in conducting high-quality, policy-relevant field research and interacting with academics, government, and hospitals in the context of a largescale public health program in Rajasthan, India.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Research Associate (RA) will work closely with the Principal Investigators (PIs) and the in-country Research Manager on the design and execution of this study. However, s/he must be able to travel and work independently as well. S/he will oversee all field activities and perform a variety tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot exercises, refining study design and surveying instruments.
  • Managing teams: Recruit, train, and supervise field-based teams consisting of project assistants, field supervisors, and surveyors.
  • Overseeing implementation of the evaluation in accordance to the research design, in association with our partner organization.
  • Maintaining relationship with partner organization
  • Supervising data collection and data-entry, and ensuring high data quality and productivity.
  • Assisting with data cleaning, preliminary data analysis, and preparation of documents and presentations for dissemination
  • Reporting to PIs on all of the above mentioned activities.
  • Maintain compliance with all J-PAL protocols and policies.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, mathematics/statistics, or related fields
  • Willingness to live in Jaipur and travel independently to other parts of Rajasthan for field work
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Working knowledge of Stata
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
  • Excellent management/organizational skills and able to solve unexpected problems
  • Flexible, self-motivating, independent and manages multiple tasks efficiently
  • Ability to deal with unstructured and changing environments
  • Attention to detail


  • Experience with primary data collection (surveys) and managing field research projects
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team
  • Proficiency in Stata and statistical analysis


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