NORC Research Assistant – International Programs in Bethesda, Maryland

Research Assistant – International Programs

Job no: 493834

Work type: Regular Full-Time

Location: Bethesda, MD

Capability Area: International Programs

JOB DESCRIPTION:

NORC at the University of Chicago actively seeks a Research Assistant to support project work in the International Programs Department (INPRO). 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.

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Research Assistant/Analyst will support senior technical staff in implementing evaluation projects and data collection and analysis activities. Specific responsibilities may include conducting literature reviews, assistance in the design of survey instruments and training materials, coordination of and assistance to interviewer training activities, data quality reviews of survey data, and statistical analysis of primary and secondary data including preparation of reports, memos, and tables/graphs of findings and supporting business development. The position may require occasional international travel for 2 weeks at a time.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Bachelor's Degree in social sciences; degrees in other subjects may be considered, if other relevant skills apply.

  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation, surveys and data analysis

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel

  • Strong analytic and report writing skills

  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills

  • Proficiency with statistical packages, such as SPSS and STATA

  • Working proficiency with French or Spanish

  • International experience a plus

  • The position may require occasional international travel for 2 weeks at a time.

ABOUT NORC:

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.

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE:

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.

A PASSION FOR INNOVATION:

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.

A COMMITMENT TO COLLEGIALITY:

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.

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.

Advertised: May 16, 2018Eastern Daylight Time

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