NORC Principal Research Scientist - International Programs in Bethesda, Maryland

Principal Research Scientist - International Programs

Job no: 493889Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Bethesda, MDCapability Area: International Programs


NORC at the University of Chicago is currently seeking a Principal Research Scientist to support project work in the International Programs Department.

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.


  • Design and direct international evaluation studies (rigorous impact evaluations and/or implementation/process evaluations) and research studies that often involve mixed quantitative and qualitative methods

  • Guide analytic activities involving both quantitative and qualitative data

  • Produce project deliverables and/or review and guide the revision of project deliverables prepared by project staff for technical quality and effectiveness of communication

  • Be knowledgeable of major donor evaluation policies and their practical application

  • Manage projects to meet quality standards, deliverable schedules, and budget requirements

  • Serve as the technical lead and/or project manager on teams comprised of statisticians and survey experts, overseeing and directing their work to achieve research (evaluation) objectives

  • Mentor junior colleagues to ensure their professional development

  • Participate in the recruitment of new staff or supervise staff

  • Play a lead role in proposal efforts by developing and writing the technical approach, developing proposal budgets, managing the efforts of proposal teams, or reviewing proposals for quality

  • Engage in activities to cultivate clients and build new business relationships

  • Represent the company's expertise in a specific research or policy area through technical communications, testimony, scholarly publications, and conferences.


  • Masters' or Doctoral degree in economics, statistics, or other social science

  • Expertise in the field of international development

  • Minimum of 12 years' work experience with monitoring and evaluation a variety of developing country contexts

  • A strong foundation in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, and demonstrated experience designing and leading research studies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience interacting with government and other high-level stakeholders in developing countries and the ability to translate research to a policy audience

  • Managerial, leadership, and interpersonal skills to lead inter-disciplinary, cross-national project teams

  • Fluency in French, Spanish, or other language that can be used in a developing world context is desirable as is experience in the design and oversight of sampling and data collection efforts in developing countries.


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, NORC has 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 NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

NORC conducts research in five main areas: Economics, Markets, and the Workforce; Education, Training, and Learning; Global Development; Health and Well-Being; and Society, Media, and Public Affairs.

We provide comprehensive and integrated services that span the research cycle, and offer solutions that anticipate and address critical needs in research and data science. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity.


As one of the oldest not-for-profit, academic research organizations in the United States, and through its affiliation with the University of Chicago, NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings.


NORC’s subject matter experts and survey professionals develop and employ innovative study designs, research methods, and technical applications to derive meaningful and accurate results.


NORC cultivates an interdisciplinary culture of achievement in which senior investigators from diverse fields and professional backgrounds collaborate with the next generation of researchers in an open, collegial environment.


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.

Advertised: July 13, 2018Eastern Daylight TimeApplications close: