Associate, Latin American Programs

Location: (Multiple states)

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level


Opportunity:      Associate

Location:           Washington D.C. or New York, NY

Compensation: Competitive within non-profit industry; Qualifies for loan forgiveness based on 501(c)3 status

Work Authorization:    Candidates must already be authorized to work in the country of employment


Who We Are

ideas42 has a clear mission: to use our unique experience as a nonprofit at the forefront of behavioral science to change millions of lives. We create innovative solutions to tough problems in economic mobility, health, education, safety and justice, consumer finance, energy efficiency and international development. Our approach is based on a deep understanding of human behavior and why people make the decisions they do. Working closely with our partners from government, foundations, NGOs and companies, we have more than 80 active projects in the United States and around the world. Example projects include:

  • Partnering with public universities to design and test behavioral strategies for increasing student retention and degree completion rates, such as an innovative mechanism for disbursing financial aid refunds at community colleges
  • Partnering with financial service providers throughout Latin America to help people follow through on their intentions to save, building financial resilience among vulnerable populations. 
  • Partnering at the federal, state, and local levels, ideas42 is helping governments apply behavioral science to programs to improve how they serve constituents. Projects range from increasing flu vaccine uptake to increasing SNAP recertification rates. ideas42 helped found and operate the White House's Social & Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST).
  • Working with service and technical assistance providers to improve the quality of family planning and reproductive health services in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

The Role

All team members play an active role on multiple projects across several domains at once. Diagnosing behavioral problems and designing behaviorally informed interventions and products is integral to what we do. Given the startup nature of the organization, this is a rare opportunity for someone to experience and build the world’s premier behavioral ideas lab and consulting firm. All positions provide a pathway to more senior roles within ideas42 and are excellent preparation for a wide range of roles in both the private and public sectors. This role will be focused primarily on projects in the Latin American region.

  • Assisting / leading project research, such as literature reviews, surveys, and interviews
  • Drafting grant proposals, policy papers, and other external communication materials
  • Assisting with management of field projects, including intervention design, implementation, monitoring, and impact evaluation; drafting and revising high-quality deliverables and ongoing communication with funders and partners
  • Analyzing quantitative data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs)

Who Are We Looking For?

Much of our work hinges on our ability to ask the right questions. As a result, we seek inquisitive, resourceful, analytical individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit. A passion for understanding human behavior, pursuing innovation, and promoting the social good is critical, but prior expertise or training in behavioral economics or psychology is not required.

Required qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s and 0-4 years of relevant work experience
  • Fluently speak, read, write, and translate accordingly in Spanish and English
  • Available and willing to travel on a flexible schedule as needed (up to 50%)
  • Culturally aware; experience and exposure personally and professionally to diverse cultures
  • Mission-aligned, self-starter, and able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Strong analytical skills and working knowledge of statistics
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a commitment to high-quality output
  • Record of academic excellence
  • Smart, logical and structured thinkers, who are also creative

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree
  • Desire to focus on projects supporting work in Latin America
  • Experience living and/or working abroad
  • Experience with Stata 
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