NORC Albuquerque

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

Research Associate I - International Programs - fluency in French or Spanish required

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Job Description


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Research Associate I to support project work in the International Programs Department (INPRO.) The Research Associate I will support senior technical staff in implementing evaluation projects and data collection and analysis activities. In equal parts, they will work on business development tasks. We envision a 50:50 division across these two sets of tasks.

Specific technical responsibilities may include conducting literature reviews, assisting in the design of survey and/or qualitative instruments and training materials, coordinating and assisting interviewer training activities, conducting data quality reviews of quantitative and/or qualitative data, and analysis of primary and secondary data including preparation of reports, memos, and tables/graphs of findings and supporting business development.

Applicants must be based in either our Bethesda, MD or Chicago, IL office, with a hybrid office/work-from-home schedule.
DEPARTMENT: International Programs

INPRO was established in 2005, and works with government and other organizations throughout the world to strengthen the effectiveness of international development assistance via design and implementation of rigorous impact and performance evaluations, surveys, qualitative data collection, statistical and qualitative analysis, and a range of related research and assessment activities. Our research spans a range of sectors including education and training, child and youth well-being, land and resource governance, environment and climate, democracy and governance, agriculture and food security, water and sanitation, infrastructure, housing, finance, and health. Since its establishment INPRO has implemented projects in more than 100 countries.

  • Provide general assistance on project work and proposals. This may include scheduling meetings, taking meeting notes, conducting background research, assisting with research design, data collection and operations, cleaning and analyses of primary or secondary data, preparing data delivery files, and drafting memos, tables, and graphics based on findings.
  • Assist in the development of data collection protocols, prepare training materials and appropriate data collection protocols, deliver interviewer training, prepare quantitative reports to help monitor data collection productivity and quality.
  • Assist with data cleaning, review, and file preparation; support analysis of primary and secondary data under supervision of more senior staff. Conduct ad hoc data analyses to summarize information into tables, graphics, and text.
  • Schedule meetings; take meeting notes and prepare initial drafts of minutes; take notes during telephone/in-person interviews.
  • Support new business development by coordinating and supporting proposal development for both large and small business development opportunities, including developing and tracking proposal calendar and compliance matrix; recruiting subcontractors and consultants for proposals; researching organizational partners; formatting CVs and proposal; producing capability statements and past performance references; among other things. They may also be responsible for pre-proposal capture work and developing business development resource repositories.
  • The position will require occasional international travel for 2 weeks at a time and offers an opportunity to gain first-hand management and field experience.
  • Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, Public Policy, Economics, or other social science research field required. Degrees in other subjects will be considered, if other relevant skills apply.
  • Working proficiency with French or Spanish
  • Basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of social science research through study and/or experience in the field
  • Previous internships in international research
  • Familiarity with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) preferred
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel
  • Strong analytic skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills
  • Proficiency with quantitative (STATA, R) and/or qualitative (NVivo, Dedoose. Atlas ti) software packages
  • The position will require occasional international travel for 2 weeks at a time and offers an opportunity to gain first-hand management and field experience.
  • Qualified applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. We regret that we are unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.

The pay range for this position is $54,000-$62,000.

This position is classified as regular. Regular staff are eligible for NORCs comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generously subsidized health insurance, effective on the first day of employment

  • Dental and vision insurance

  • A defined contribution retirement program, along with a separate voluntary 403(b) retirement program

  • Group life insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance

  • Benefits that promote work/life balance, including generous paid time off, holidays; paid parental leave, bereavement leave, tuition assistance, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

NORCs Approach to Equity and Transparency

Pay and benefits transparency helps to reduce wage gaps. As part of our commitment to pay equity and salary transparency, NORC includes a salary range for each job opening along with information about eligible benefit offerings. At NORC, we take a comprehensive approach to setting salary ranges and reviewing raises and promotions, which is overseen by a formal Salary Review Committee (SRC).


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, our teams have 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 us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 80 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which were known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


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, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally protected characteristics.