NORC Albuquerque

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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

Posted 25 days ago

Job Description


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

The Senior Research Associate (SRA) I will support senior level technical staff in designing and implementing research and evaluation projects, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) projects, and quantitative and/or qualitative data collection and analysis.

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 project management support, including work plan management on research/evaluation and data collection projects.
  • Support senior level technical staff in designing and implementing evaluation projects, MEL projects, and data collection and analysis activities.
  • Coordinate project activities and events, including setting up meetings and conference calls, taking meeting minutes, 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; code and process qualitative data; support analysis.
  • 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 of proposals, gathering and customizing supporting documentation to each proposal, assisting with recruitment, and supporting proposal management.
  • 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. Masters Degree preferred.
  • At least 3 years of work experience including:
    • Experience working on research and evaluation projects
    • Experience conducting surveys (questionnaire development, interviewer training, field management) and/or qualitative data collection (focus groups, key informant interviews)
    • Experience working with large datasets, conducting data management, data quality review and data analysis and/or experience coding and processing qualitative data
    • Experience managing research projects including development of workplans, tracking progress on specific tasks and communicating deadlines to team members
    • Experience with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) preferred
    • Experience with quasi-experimental and experimental research design activities preferred.
    • Experience with one or more of the following areas is strongly preferred:
      • Vulnerable populations (human trafficking, modern slavery, gender-based violence, and at-risk migration)
      • Environment, biodiversity, and climate change
      • Gender (womens economic empowerment, labor market outcomes, gender digital divide, etc.)
  • Strong command of statistical packages, such as STATA and R; and/or command of qualitative software packages such as NVivo or Dedoose
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel
  • Fluency in French or Spanish, both written and oral, is required
  • Strong analytic and report writing skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills
  • International work experience, preferably in developing countries.
  • 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 $70,000-$96,000.

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.