Research Associate

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 Associate to support the work 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

As a member of the team, the research associate will undertake the following tasks:


  • Designing and conducting research, including but not limited to impact evaluations, scoping reports, portfolio reviews, replication studies, carrying out a systematic search of the literature; screening titles and abstracts; critical appraisal; extracting data from the included studies; and synthesizing evidence and concept and methods papers.
  • Research support including data collection, cleaning, and management, statistical and econometric analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, coding, preparation of tables, graphs and figures, literature reviews and others.
  • Support for the preparation and review of research proposals, research articles, and policy-friendly material, including but not limited to briefs, executive summaries and blog posts. Help present the findings in a clear, concise way, and prepare reports for publication

Project management

  • Support staff in project and grant administration and management, including preparation of workplans, donor reports, invoices, budgets, risk identification and mitigation.
  • Create appropriate budget tracker and monitor expenses monthly to plan budget usage and address financial issues in coordination with the finance team.
  • Maintain project progress tracking tools, and ensure the grants and deliverables are completed on time, within budget.

Business development

  • Serve as bid manager on opportunities funded by UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, multilateral organizations, foundations and other funders, as needed.

Note: 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 Master’s degree in social science, political science, economics, public health, or equivalent subject is required.
  • Two or more years of post-qualification relevant work experience.
  • Firm understanding of development economics and international development issues.
  • Good knowledge of quantitative methods, impact evaluation techniques, statistics and econometric methods. Experience of working on systematic reviews is an advantage.
  • Experience in conducting or supporting impact evaluations of interventions in developing countries is desirable.
  • Prior experience with program design, program or grant management, budget development and/or financial analysis in the international development sector preferred.
  • Prior experience contributing to the development of competitive proposals, concept papers and/or donor and partner relationships in the context of new business opportunities preferred.


  • Excellent presentation, communication (oral and written) and interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • The ability to write clearly for people who may not have a technical training in research and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently as well as in a matrixed work environment.
  • Demonstrated quantitative analysis skills using statistical software packages such as STATA, R or Python preferred.
  • Strong and demonstrable proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word©, Excel© and PowerPoint©.


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 Associate’ 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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