2 Project Associate Jobs at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Title: Project Associate, Living Goods (2 Positions)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda (with extensive travel in rural areas of the country)
About Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA):
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate ‘what works’ in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.
Job Summary:
Innovations for Poverty Action seeks two qualified Project Associates to lead the endline data collection exercise for a study that evaluates a network of Community Health Promoters (CHP) who work in rural and peri-urban areas. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. The work will stretch your analytical and management skills to the limit and will require your full commitment in a challenging environment.
Two NGOs, Living Goods and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) are currently scaling up an innovative model for solving part of the healthcare service delivery problem in Uganda. The project aims to improve access to and adoption of simple, proven health interventions in rural and peri-urban areas, while at the same time creating sustainable livelihoods for community-based workers called Community Health Promoters (CHPs).
In this model, a network of door-to-door mobile CHPs provide basic health education and make a modest income by selling an array of basic health goods (such as bed nets, condoms and water treatment methods). Living Goods goes beyond the typical product mix offered to community health workers, by also providing CHPs with a broad assortment of consumer items that can increase sales and bolster their own financial sustainability. This study will assess the effectiveness of this unique approach, which is being implemented in various parts of Uganda.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
The two Project Associates will work together to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
  • Developing and piloting the survey instruments, including programming questions onto a mobile phone and managing the translation of the survey into the local languages.
  • Hiring, training, and managing four groups of field teams (each 20-30 people) who will conduct the interviews.
  • Managing all field logistics, procuring equipment, and ensuring the study has approvals from local authorities.
  • Overseeing the endline data collection of 8500 beneficiaries, which includes both self reported data and anthropomorphic measurements.
  • Ensuring all data quality protocols are followed including auditing enumerators and performing daily checks of the incoming data; correcting the errors of staff iteratively to ensure the data is of the highest quality.
  • Managing the data from collection at the household to delivery of a final, cleaned dataset.
  • Managing the budget including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project funds.
  • Writing regular progress reports and leading project meetings to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Working closely with NGO partners running the program and liaising between all stakeholders to ensure all interests are aligned and accounted for.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, public policy, international development, public health or related fields.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of Stata required; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff efficiently to achieve project goals.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player.
  • Experience working or living in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials.
  • Candidates that are currently eligible to work in Uganda strongly preferred.
How to Apply:
Please follow the application instructions below. Any applications or CVs submitted outside this process will not be considered. Note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
1) Send an email to and, following the instructions below:
 jobs@poverty-action.org  and jobs-uganda@poverty-action.org, following the instructions below:
In the subject line: Copy exactly the following position line: 100904IPAUganda, PA
Attachments: Please attach ONLY your CV and cover letter.
In the email body: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name
Please do not include any text besides the position line(s) in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application.
2) Complete the J-PAL/IPA indicating that you are interested in applying for a ‘Type 1: Research Analyst or Project Associate’ position. Please note: you are not required to include transcripts or letters of recommendation upon initial submission. After submitting, you can edit your application at any time and may add these.
IPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer
All persons shall have the opportunity to be considered for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, alienage or citizenship status, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
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DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the Project Associate. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to.
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