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Senior Research Associate I - International Programs / Quantitative Analyst

Apply now Job no: 499137 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: International Programs

JOB DESCRIPTION:

NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Senior Research Associate I to support project work in the International Programs Department (INPRO.) The Senior Research Associate (SRA) will support senior level technical staff in designing and implementing research and evaluation projects, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) projects, and quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis.

Applicants must be based in our Bethesda, MD or Chicago, IL office.

As a condition of employment, all NORC employees and contractors – including those working remotely - must be fully vaccinated (as defined by current CDC guidance) against COVID-19.

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, vulnerable populations, infrastructure, housing, finance, and health (applicants should clearly specify which sectors they have previous experience in). Since its establishment INPRO has implemented projects in nearly 90 countries throughout the world.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Support quantitative research studies
  • Conduct data quality reviews of survey data with detailed documentation of results, and analysis of primary and secondary data 
  • Analyze quantitative data using statistical software; support data analysis by calculating descriptive statistics and running statistical regressions
  • Prepare reports, memos, and tables/graphs of findings
  • Support design of survey instruments and training materials, coordination of and assistance to interviewer training activities, and sample design and selection
  • Provide project management support, including workplan management on research/evaluation and data collection projects
  • Support senior level technical staff in designing and implementing evaluation projects and MEL projects
  • Coordinate project activities and events and liaise with consultants and local data collection firms
  • Assist with business development, contributing to technical sections of proposals
  • The position will require occasional international travel and offers an opportunity to gain first-hand management and field experience.
REQUIRED SKILLS:
  • Bachelor's Degree in social sciences. Master’s Degree preferred
  • At least 3 years of work experience including:
    • Experience working on quantitative research and evaluation projects
    • Experience with quasi-experimental and experimental evaluation design 
    • Experience conducting surveys (questionnaire development, interviewer training, field management)
    • Experience working with large datasets, conducting data management, data quality review and data analysis
    • Experience managing research projects preferred, including development of workplans, tracking progress on specific tasks and communicating deadlines to team members
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas is strongly preferred:
    • Vulnerable populations (human trafficking, modern slavery, gender-based violence, and at-risk migration)
    • Democracy and governance
    • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL)
    • Education
    • Agriculture
  • Strong command of statistical packages, such as R and STATA for data cleaning, descriptive statistics, and regression analysis is required
  • Experience with programming complex surveys in platforms like ODK, SurveyCTO, SurveyToGo, etc. preferred
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel
  • Fluency in French or Spanish, both written and oral, is highly desirable
  • Strong analytic and report writing skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills
  • International work experience is desirable, preferably in developing countries.
  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
WHAT WE DO:

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.

WHO WE ARE:

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.

EEO STATEMENT: 

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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