NORC Research Scientist - International Programs in Bethesda, Maryland

Research Scientist - International Programs

Job no: 493789

Work type: Regular Full-Time

Location: Bethesda, MD

Capability Area: International Programs

JOB DESCRIPTION:

NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Research Scientist in Bethesda, Maryland to support project work in the International Programs Department (INPRO.) The Research Scientist will support senior level technical staff in designing and implementing evaluation projects and data collection and analysis activities. S/he will also work closely with NORC’s senior statisticians in various tasks related to NORC’s international evaluation and survey projects.

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 Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Qatar, Republic of Georgia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide project management support, including workplan management on evaluation and data collection projects.

  • Support senior level technical staff in designing and implementing evaluation projects and data collection and analysis activities.

  • Coordinate project activities and events, including setting up meetings and conference calls and liaising with consultants and local data collection firms

  • Support the design of survey instruments and training materials, coordination of and assistance to interviewer training activities, and sample design and selection.

  • Support qualitative research and data collection

  • Conduct data quality reviews of survey data with detailed documentation of results, and analysis of primary and secondary data (quantitative and qualitative) including preparation of reports, memos, and tables/graphs of findings.

  • Assist with business development, possibly contributing to technical sections and supporting proposal management

  • The position will require occasional international travel and offers an opportunity to gain first-hand management and field experience.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Master’s Degree in social sciences; training in Economics or Statistics is a plus; degrees in other subjects will be considered, if other relevant skills apply.

  • At least 6 years' of work experience including:

  • Experience working on research and evaluation projects, especially in developing country settings. Experience with quasi-experimental and experimental research design activities preferred.

  • 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 including development of workplans, tracking progress on specific tasks and communicating deadlines to team members.

  • Strong command of statistical packages, such as SPSS and STATA; command of qualitative software packages such as NVivo is considered a plus

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel

  • Working proficiency with French or Spanish; fluency is a plus

  • Strong analytic and report writing skills

  • A strong foundation in statistics is a plus

  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills

  • International work experience, preferably in developing countries.

  • Some international travel may be required.

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: April 20, 2018Eastern Daylight Time

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