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Quantitative Program Effectiveness Research Specialist

Exciting opportunity with Compassion International to use your academic research skills and experience to develop and run studies into programme effectiveness, thus helping more children to be released from poverty in Jesus’ name.

About Compassion

For more than 65 years Compassion has been working through the local church, to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Our work is Christ-centred, church-based and child-focused. Today more than 1.9 million sponsored children in 25 of the poorest countries are being helped through projects run my over 7,000 international church partners.


As part of a collaborative international team, this role contributes to advancing organisational knowledge and programmatic effectiveness. The post holder will be responsible for carrying out primarily quantitative program effectiveness and research studies to support Compassion's child development programs, leadership decision-making and marketing platforms.


  • Acts as an advocate for children – raising the awareness of the needs, neglect, nurture, and potential of children in poverty and challenging and enabling those within one’s influence to greater involvement and effectiveness on behalf of children.
  • Plans, designs and conducts new quantitative research studies on a variety of topics as assigned, using appropriate and rigorous approaches to generate reliable, timely and meaningful information to stakeholders with the support of the Director of Program Effectiveness and Research (PER) and senior staff. 
  • Using causal methods, runs ongoing impact evaluations as part of the Program Effectiveness Research Team’s effort to continually measure the effectiveness of all parts of Compassion’s child development programs. 
  • Using experience from field exposure, technical expertise and ongoing self directed learning, advises program managers, field office staff, and leadership on relevant programmatic issues when requested and through contribution to and/or leadership of multi-departmental project, creative thinking and analysis teams.
  • Interfaces with other Compassion departments and individuals who collect information and data (e.g., marketing, auditing and quality assurance, business intelligence, and management) in order to minimize duplication of effort, build cooperation and support the growth of quality information gathering across the organization.
  • Presents research findings to audiences small and large in a consumable way to engage non-research staff in research results. 

Qualifications & Attributes

  • Advanced training and experience in current and state-of-the-art data collection methods and quantitative research designs (including experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies that require counterfactuals), ideally from a variety of development fields, including hands-on experience in developing country contexts.
  • Strong problem-solving skills. An objective and analytical mind.
  • Committed to excellence and objectivity. Positive and optimistic attitude and disposition.
  • Enthusiastic and motivated supporter of the principles of church-based holistic child development.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimum supervision. Committed to self-directed learning in the areas of research and international development.
  • Takes initiative; self-starter. Self-sufficient yet able to take advice and guidance in designing and project managing research studies.
  • Possesses an advanced understanding of issues surrounding poverty and international development.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively training data collectors in local international contexts.
  • A team player, able to effectively work with colleagues in virtual environment.


  • There is an occupational requirement for an active Christian faith.
  • Accountable for supporting, upholding, and engaging in Compassion's core "Cultural Behaviours" in all internal and external communication and relationships.


  • Education: Master's degree in economics, econometrics, statistics, applied psychology, international economics, international development or equivalent, with major components that include research methods, at least two semesters of econometrics or advanced statistics, and impact evaluations.

Work Experience

  • Three years recent hands-on research experience, including at least one year applied experience in conducting rigorous quasi-experimental or experimental methods and/or in cross-cultural settings that include child and/or community development, public health, or similar. Demonstrated experience in establishing strong working cross-functional and multi-cultural relationships and constantly advocate for high-quality research in international field countries. Experience presenting research findings to small and large groups of non-researchers.
  • Competencies: Advanced Statistical Analysis (including Propensity Score Matching, Multi-level Regression, Modelling)
  • Advanced experience of one or more statistical software packages (STATA preferred).
  • Other Required Skills: Proficiency in MS Office, databases, STATA, and literature review. Excellent and creative communication skills, both written and verbal in English, as well as, ideally, in at least one of the languages spoken in Compassion field countries.

Working Environment & Salary

This post can be office based in Compassion International or home-based. Please note that there will be considerable overseas travel to remote environments with potentially hazardous and challenging conditions. The post holder will spend up to 25% of their time away from home each year.

The salary for this post will be competitive depending on location.

To apply

Compassion International (CI) HR Team is administering this recruitment. If you have any specific questions about this role please email HR@compassionuk.org and we will forward your enquiry to the CI HR Team for action.

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