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Research and Survey

RTAC Program Assistant – International Programs

Apply now Job no: 495824 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Washington, D.C., Bethesda, MD Capability Area: International Programs


NORC at the University of Chicago actively seeks a Program Assistant to support research-based project work under the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC), a five year (2018-2022) project implemented by NORC on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  RTAC is a project designed to leverage the academic community and other development experts to provide research and technical assistance to support USAID’s international development agenda (see: 

Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be remote, but preferably applicants will be based in our Washington, DC RTAC office when it is safe to resume office work.

DEPARTMENT: International Programs

INPRO was established in 2005, and works on impact and performance evaluations, surveys, and qualitative data collection, among other research activities throughout the developing world.  Our research covers a range of sectors including education and training, child and youth well-being, democracy and governance, agriculture, water and sanitation, infrastructure, housing, finance, and health. Since its establishment INPRO has implemented projects in more than 70 countries throughout the world.


The Program Assistant will perform a range of research, project communications, and project coordination duties in support of RTAC.  Some specific activities include:

  • Provide support to senior level staff in coordinating research studies and drafting and distributing associated communications products
  • Support project activities and events, including assisting with the production of materials, arranging logistics, engaging with participants, facilitating day-of activities, and producing post-event outputs
  • Support the implementation of activities to maintain and incentivise RTAC’s network of academic researchers
  • Conduct basic research tasks, such as literature reviews, key informant interviews,  and basic data analysis in a variety of development-related topics
  • Provide desktop publishing support to diverse types of RTAC products
  • Assist in the review and refinement of research proposals and other related materials
  • Contribute to the project’s monitoring and evaluation efforts
  • Support the publication of website content
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master's Degree in social sciences, international development, global studies, agricultural economics, communications, or other related subjects within the field of development studies preferred.  
  • At least 1 year of professional experience in international development, public policy or related fields.
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel
  • Analytic skills preferred (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Strong and proven writing skills
  • Experience with IT platforms (Zoom, Mailchimp, Adobe Connect, or others)
  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills 
  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities and ability to multitask across different research and communication activities
  • Capacity to work under tight deadlines
  • Experience working/studying in developing countries over extended periods of time preferred 
  • Fluency in other languages (French, Portuguese, Spanish) a plus.
  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.


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