Research Assistant for Citizen Security and Justice

Washington DC, United States
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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Research Assistant for Citizen Security and Justice

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Research Assistant for Citizen Security and Justice

Main Duties

The person selected for this consultancy (“the research assistant”) will support the CSJ team in regional research projects and in different LAC countries. The main tasks and responsibilities of this consultancy include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist the research team in the preparation of research papers, reports and presentations.
  • Identify, compile, and organize databases. Among these databases, high-frequency administrative data on crime and insecurity in LAC countries will be searched. This search will consist, among other things, of reviewing public websites, contacting, and managing requests for information with relevant authorities in LAC countries.
  • Perform econometric and statistical analyses.
  • Review documents.  
  • Prepare literature reviews.
  • Prepare survey instruments.
  • Participate in academic discussions about research results.
  • Support the management of research projects in the field in different LAC countries.
  • Active communication with the research team
  • Other tasks related to research projects (on request).


  • Citizenship: you are a citizen of one of our 48 member countries.
  • Consanguinity: You have no family members (up to fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.
  • Education: master’s degree or equivalent in economics or related fields.
  • Experience: At least 5 years of experience as a research assistant for quantitative studies and impact evaluations. Experience working in developing countries (preferable).
  • Languages: excellent command of Spanish and English (written and spoken)

General and technical skills:


  • Motivation and orientation towards results and ability to work as a team.
  • Willingness to learn, attention to detail and ability to perform multiple tasks.


  • Excellent handling of word processors (Word) and spreadsheets (Excel)
  • Excellent handling of econometric software (Stata -preferable- or R).
  • Knowledge of experimental and non-experimental methods for impact assessments.
  • Writing skills and ability to review and summarize academic literature.
  • Exceptional analytical and quantitative analysis skills (using data to produce analysis).
  • Management of geographic information systems (GIS) (preferable)
  • Knowledge of Python programming language (preferable)
  • Knowledge and research experience on issues of domestic violence and/or crime economics (preferable)

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