Research Assistant

Posted on: 22 April 2022 Deadline: (Ongoing)


The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) promotes evidence-informed equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. We support the generation and effective use of high-quality evidence to inform decision-making and improve the lives of people living in poverty in low- and middle-income countries (L&MICs). We provide guidance and support to produce impact evaluations and associated formative evaluations; systematic reviews and syntheses, evidence gap maps and support for using that evidence in decision-making and capacity development. Our work encompasses a wide range of topics, sectors and themes, including but not limited to health, nutrition, education, agriculture, governance, microfinance, climate change, humanitarian interventions, and social protection. 3ie is registered as a non-governmental organization in the United States. It has offices in New Delhi, London and Washington, DC.

3ie is inviting applications for the post of Research Assistant for working on impact evaluations and systematic reviews, preferably based in the UK, India or USA. Candidates based in other countries, but willing to maintain core hours conducive to working with colleagues in the Delhi, London and Washington offices, are welcome to apply.

Key responsibilities

The research assistant will assist the project team/s in the management of the grants, provide support for impact evaluations, systematic reviews, evidence gap maps and other evidence programs. The responsibilities of the research assistant include, though not are restricted to the following:

Contributing to research and evaluation

  • Research support for evaluation projects, including data analysis and management, statistical and econometric analysis, coding, preparation of tables, graphs and figures, literature reviews and others.
  • Support capacity-building, and engagement activities.
  • Analyse and summarise the results from baseline and final reports of impact evaluation studies.
  • Liaise with project partners to ensure regular communication with all stakeholders.
  • Contribute to developing questionnaires and databases.
  • Support quantitative and qualitative data collection and quality assurance activities.
  • Support implementation of Transparency, Reproducibility and Ethical best practices in research.
  • Prepare presentations.
  • Perform replication analysis as part of quality assurance of the grant programs.
  • Contribute to writing outputs such as project briefs, minutes from meetings and learning documents.
  • Search and analyse relevant articles, working papers and blog posts that can contribute to the analysis of the impact evaluations done in the windows; and
  • Conduct research for fundraising.
  • Prepare material for 3ie program web pages.

Project and grant management support

  • Support staff in project and grant administration and management, including preparation of workplans, donor reports, invoices, budgets, risk identification and mitigation.
  • Maintain project progress tracking tools, and ensure deliverables are completed on time, within budget.
  • Assist with formatting and proofing program documents (e.g., RFPs, RFQs, announcements, review forms and so on).
  • Help organize program events, such as selection panel meetings, advisory group meetings, program-sponsored conference sessions, program workshops (e.g., matchmaking, inception, pre-completion).
  • Maintain tracking sheet with the status and key information of all grants, including proposals, budgets, and deliverables.
  • Liaise with researchers and implementing partners, as required.

The position includes opportunities for professional development, such as relevant courses or collaborative research with leading impact evaluation experts, generally conditional upon the research assistant’s initiative in finding and/or creating such opportunities, and/or participating in impact evaluations and synthesis projects being undertaken internally.

Qualifications, experience, and skills

Education and work experience

  • A Graduate (Bachelor’s) degree preferably in Economics, Social Sciences, Development Studies or related fields and minimum of 1 year of experience in the development sector. Master’s degree will be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of international development policies and programs.


  • Experience conducting quantitative analysis, particularly econometric techniques.
  • Strong data analysis and statistical programming skills using STATA, R, Python or similar.
  • Demonstrable analytical abilities.
  • Excellent English-language skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • High level of personal motivation, excellent work ethic, ability to collaborate across geographies.
  • Ability to work in multi-stakeholder settings and demonstrated ability to deliver under pressure with strict deadlines.


We will recruit one or more individuals, preferably with the right to work in the UK, India or the USA. We are open to consider applicants who are based outside of these countries, willing to work remotely from their home country, while maintaining core hours conducive to working with colleagues in London, Delhi and Washington DC.

3ie is an equal-opportunity employer committed to equality and diversity. We do not discriminate based on sex, age, religion, ethnicity, caste, sexual orientation or for being differently abled. We particularly encourage ethnic minorities and differently abled persons to apply.

Terms of employment

Candidates should be available to start work as soon as possible. 3ie offers competitive remuneration based on location, experience and qualifications.

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from abuse. We follow a zero-tolerance policy for any form of bullying or harassment in the workplace.

How to apply

Please apply by e-mail to Please include ‘3ie Research Assistant’ in the subject line and specify your country of residence. The applicant must provide, at a minimum*, the following information:

  • A cover letter, not exceeding one page, highlighting your qualifications and experience relevant to the terms of reference; please also indicate in which of 3ie’s offices you have legal authorization to work;
  • Curriculum vitae (not to exceed four pages);
  • One writing sample to demonstrate your critical thinking and writing skills; and
  • Contact information for three professional references.

*Incomplete applications will not be considered

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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