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Research and Survey

Principal Research Analyst - International Programs

Apply now Job no: 495990 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: International Programs


NORC at the University of Chicago actively seeks a Principal Research Analyst to support qualitative and mixed-methods project work in the International Programs Department (INPRO). The Principal Research Analyst will support all phases of research, from design through analysis and reporting, and ensure successful execution.

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 90 countries.

  • Support senior level technical staff in designing and implementing qualitative and mixed-methods evaluation and research projects.
  • Lead or contribute to the creation of study protocols, interview and focus group moderator guides, data management and quality control plans, and code frames/coding manuals.
  • Lead data collection trainings for focus group moderators and interviewers in countries where INPRO works.
  • Lead team members in coding and qualitative data analysis activities.
  • Contribute to reports, briefs, presentation decks, and other deliverables.
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Provide project management, including developing work plans, tracking progress on specific tasks, and communicating deadlines to team members.
  • Assist with business development, possibly contributing to technical sections and supporting proposal management.
  • Master’s Degree in social sciences, international development, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of work experience, such as:
    • Experience with qualitative data collection (instrument design, moderator/interviewer training, field management)
    • Experience analyzing qualitative data.
    • Experience managing research projects
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and concise manner
  • Attention to detail
  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel
  • Experience with international work or research, especially in developing countries
  • Language skills in Spanish, French, or another language.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in NVivo, Dedoose, ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA, or other qualitative analysis software.
  • Experience moderating focus groups, conducting interviews, or facilitating workshops or trainings.
  • Ability to undertake occasional international travel for 2 weeks at a time (INPRO staff are not currently traveling; INPRO is continuing to evaluate when staff will resume travel).
  • Experience with mixed-methods or quantitative research.
  • Experience with remote/online/mobile data collection methods.

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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