Research Support Assistant

J-PAL, India

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th December, 2019

Job Description

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) seeks qualified applicants for positions as Research Support Assistants for projects on agriculture, education, environment, finance, health, labor, and governance in locations around the world. The projects study a variety of topics within the previously listed fields. The positions offer an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.

Project Description: The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) project is a collaborative exercise between the Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, State Pollution Control Boards of Gujarat, J-PAL South Asia at IFMR and EPIC-India to implement and evaluate a pilot ETS for particulate matter in India. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand research experience, including field operations and interaction with Centre and State officials, in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. This research team is headed by Prof. Michael Greenstone (UChicago), Prof. Rohini Pande (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard), Dr. Nicholas Ryan (Yale University), and Dr. Anant Sudarshan (Executive Director, EPIC).

Research Support Assistant Roles and Responsibilities: The RSA will work closely with academic researchers, research associates and other project field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Assisting with the implementation of field and project activities in association with our partner organizations.
  • Maintaining relationships with partner organizations at both headquarters and field levels.
  • Assisting with capacity building activities for project stakeholders.
  • Monitoring implementation teams: train and supervise both field-based and data operations team consisting of project associate, field-based surveyors, data entry operators and other office staff.
  • Producing daily data tracking sheets to monitor industry activity and ensure continuous follow-ups with partner organisations.
  • Assisting with data analysis, and preparation of documents/presentations for dissemination
  • Work with Research Associates on all the above

Desired Qualifications and Experience:


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Economics (or related field) or Engineering
  • Prior experience with field data collection is desired but not necessary
  • Familiarity with impact evaluations and randomized controlled trials is required
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency in Hindi and English and strong communication skills are required. Fluency in Gujarati is preferred
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
  • Willingness to live in Gujarat and travel extensively to field locations
  • Basic knowledge of STATA or other data analysis tool
  • Attention to detail, ability to solve unexpected problem and adaptability to unstructured and changing environments and project demands


  • Experience living in a developing country and/or liaising with government officials is desired but not necessary
  • Proficiency in STATA (or other tools such as R, SPSS etc.) is desired


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