Research Assistant: infant feeding intervention

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Who we are

The Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy (EDePo) is a London-based research centre dedicated to studying public policy in low- and middle-income countries from an economic perspective in order to promote more effective public policy.  It is part of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the UK’s leading independent microeconomics research institute.

At EDePo, we undertake high-quality academic economic research to understand better the issues affecting the lives of millions of people in low- and middle-income countries and to help shape economic and development policy and practice.  Our expertise includes design and evaluation of public policies and interventions, data collection and analysis, and the application of economic theory and econometrics to policy analysis.

The Role

EDePo is now seeking to recruit a Research Assistant to support a research project on an infant feeding intervention in rural Kenya.  The intervention trains a peer counsellor, who then provides mothers and fathers with information on how best to feed infants aged 6-24 months.  The objective is to study the role of intra-household dynamics as well as of the salience of information in influencing child nutrition decisions, and subsequently child health in low-income settings.

The role will include data analysis, and preparation of end-line report for a randomised evaluation of an infant feeding intervention in rural Kenya.  The Research Assistant will work closely report to Marcos Vera-Hernandez (Reader in Economics at UCL, and Research Fellow at IFS) and Bansi Malde (Lecturer in Economics at University of Kent, and IFS Research Associate).

Specifically, the Research Assistant will be responsible for:

  • cleaning and organising the data to make it easily accessible, and ready for analysis;
  • analysing the data, with guidance from the study leads;
  • producing tables of results; and
  • contributing to writing the end-line report.
Person Specification

The IFS recruits self motivated and effective individuals with a record of exceptional success in their academic study or professional experience of economics.  Comfort with data analysis, quantitative methods and an ability to write clearly are critical skills.

  • Masters degree in Economics.  
    • Exceptional candidates with an excellent Bachelors degree in economics and strong STATA and impact evaluation skills will also be considered.
Skills and experience

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • have a working knowledge of STATA;
  • experience working with household surveys;
  • knowledge of impact evaluation;
  • an interest in development economics;
  • excellent writing skills.

The successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK.

Starting date and location

The successful candidate will be able to start in January 2017 and the work is expected to last for about 5 months - January-May 2017.  

Based at the IFS office in Central London.

Application Process

Please send a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification and including the names of two academic referees who could be approached.  Please send your application to quoting the reference IT00110 in the subject line by Friday 9 December 2016.

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