Fresher Data Collection Jobs – Senior Research Associate (Living Goods) at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Organization: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Research Manager
About 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 discovers and
promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA designs,
rigorously evaluates, and refines these solutions and their applications
together with decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to
improve opportunities for the world’s poor. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has
worked with over 350 leading academics to conduct over 450 evaluations in 51
countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now
impact millions of individuals worldwide.
Job Summary: The Senior Research Associate will oversee
an evaluation to test whether the positive impacts on child mortality and
health outcomes demonstrated in the first phase Living Goods evaluation can be
sustained as the project gets scaled-up. The position offers an opportunity to
gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking
cutting-edge development research. The Senior Research Associate will work
closely with researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks
including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires, running pilot
exercise, refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey
teams, negotiating contracts with survey firms, checking and analyzing data,
cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing
of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with key government
Key Duties and
  • Responsible
    for implementing Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) for surveys
  • Actively
    support the development and piloting of survey instruments; manage translation
    into local languages
  • In
    charge of logistics management of a large-scale field experiment,
    including managing budgets, timelines, contract worker payroll, and
  • Manage
    the data entry and assist in data cleaning and analysis
  • Ensure
    adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators,
    monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits
  • Actively
    participate in meetings with key stakeholders and present research
  • Write
    and submit reports detailing research findings and proposed interventions
  • Oversee
    funding and human subjects approval applications, and ensure that all
    necessary approvals are in place
  • Maintain
    compliance with all company policies and procedures
  • Perform
    related duties as assigned by supervisor
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Senior Research Associate (Living Goods) should
    hold a bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or
    related fields. Possession of a master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • One
    to two years of research experience
  • Excellent
    management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Past
    experience living in a developing country is an added advantage
  • Fluency
    in English with strong communication skills
  • Working
    knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is
  • Familiarity
    with randomized controlled trials is desired
  • Proven
    ability to manage enumerator teams and survey operations at different
    levels (programming and data flow, financial budgeting and reporting,
    human resources and team building)
  • Flexible,
    self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team
  • Proven
    ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
How to Apply:
Please complete the Online
application at J-PAL/IPA common
application. Please select the position(s) you are interested in applying for
on the ‘Submit Application’ page. Please include two letters of recommendation,
statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. We will consider your
application even if you are unable to obtain reference letters before the
deadline, but please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be
invited for an interview. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be
contacted for an interview.
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted by email for interviews.

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