Research Intern (LMI) - International Development

IMPAQ International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Aug 21

Position description

IMPAQ is seeking a DC-based part-time Research Intern who will conduct and support a broad range of activities for IMPAQ’s International Development division, with primary support for the USDOL Bureau of International Labor Affair (ILAB)-funded Labor Market Information System Project (NTLMI) that IMPAQ is currently implementing in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

The project intends to improve labor market efficiency by assisting governments in all three countries develop labor market information (LMI) systems that publish reliable, comprehensive, and current LMI in user-friendly formats. The LMI systems are expected to:

  • Enable educational and workforce training providers to help job-seekers and youth develop in-demand job skills
  • Help businesses more easily identify and hire qualified workers, and
  • Enable governments to craft effective labor market policies.

The project will also support LMI systems that generate data that are comparable across all three countries.

The Research Intern will be supporting the development of an establishment survey for the NTLMI Project, as well as providing operational and program management backstopping. As such, IMPAQ is seeking candidates with specific experience in the development and piloting of survey instruments, including programming digital data collection, data collection operations/logistics and data cleaning and analysis. Fluency in Spanish is required.


  • Support the development of pilot survey instruments, including programming digital data collection and developing related survey tools;
  • Support local staff and partners in managing field logistics;
  • Ensure all data quality protocols are followed including auditing enumerators and performing daily checks of the incoming data and correct errors iteratively to ensure the data is of the highest quality;
  • Produce data analysis do-files for initial cleaning and analysis and to share with in-country stakeholders;
  • Produce summary statistics from survey data;
  • Provide administrative and project management support on a continual basis;
  • Provide overall support to other IDD projects by cleaning, reviewing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data from impact and performance evaluations using various software programs;
  • Construct, clean, manage, and document datasets for both internal and project purposes;
  • Assisting in writing, compiling, editing, and formatting portions of project reports, and support the creation of customized and presentation-quality reports from data analysis results;
  • Provide additional support to new business development efforts by assisting with proposal background research, participating in consultant recruitment, formatting CVs and proposals, and maintaining proposal document libraries on SharePoint and on shared drives.


  • Degree in Economics, Public Policy, Public Health, International Relations, or Political Science highly desired;
  • Bachelor’s degree required, with at least 1 year of experience working in the international development sector. Ideal candidates will be those currently in a graduate program;
  • Relevant field experience in a developing country context highly desired, previous work experience in Central America preferred;
  • Relevant experience working in an international development for-profit or non-profit desired;
  • Experience in proposal preparation, particularly for USAID, USDA, DOL ILAB, MCC desired;
  • Experience and knowledge of data analysis and data management techniques using R is highly desirable;
  • Experience using STATA, Survey CTO and other software programs such as SAS, SPSS, and Access is preferred.  


  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and in a team environment;
  • Excellent oral and written and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet critical deadlines;
  • Advanced expertise in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required;
  • Professional-level or near-native fluency in Spanish is required for this position.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a part-time basis.  Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position

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