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NORC Research Assistant – International Programs in Bethesda, Maryland

Research Assistant – International Programs

Job no: 495268Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Bethesda, MDCapability Area: International Programs


NORC at the University of Chicago actively seeks a Research Assistant to support project work in the International Programs Department (INPRO) in our Bethesda, MD office.

DEPARTMENT: International Programs

INPRO was established in 2005, and works on impact and performance evaluations, surveys, and qualitative data collection, among other research activities throughout the developing world. Our research covers a range of sectors including education and training, child and youth well-being, democracy and governance, agriculture, water and sanitation, infrastructure, housing, finance, and health. Since its establishment INPRO has implemented projects in more than 70 countries throughout the world.


The Research Assistant will support senior technical staff in implementing evaluation projects and data collection and analysis activities. Specific responsibilities may include conducting literature reviews, assistance in the design of survey instruments and training materials, coordination of and assistance to interviewer training activities, data quality reviews of survey data, and statistical analysis of primary and secondary data including preparation of reports, memos, and tables/graphs of findings and supporting business development. The position may require occasional international travel for 2 weeks at a time.


  • Bachelor's Degree in social sciences; degrees in other subjects may be considered, if other relevant skills apply.

  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation, surveys and data analysis

  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software, including Excel

  • Strong analytic and report writing skills

  • Outstanding interpersonal and critical reasoning skills

  • Proficiency with statistical packages, such as SPSS and STATA

  • Working proficiency with French or Spanish

  • International experience a plus

  • The position may require occasional international travel for 2 weeks at a time.


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.

We provide comprehensive and integrated services that span the research cycle, and offer solutions that anticipate and address critical needs in research and data science. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity.


For over 75 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 we’re 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, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.

Advertised: May 13, 2019Eastern Daylight TimeApplications close: