Fresher Non-profit Data Collection Jobs – Research Associate (Village Enterprise) 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 Research
Associate will oversee an evaluation to measure the impacts of alternative
approaches of assisting the ultra-poor which is being implemented by Village
Enterprise.  The intervention includes
several components, start-up capital, unconditional cash transfers, mentorship
and training, and group savings, implemented at both village and household
levels.  The position offers an
opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization
undertaking cutting-edge development research. The 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 Responsibilities: 
  • The
    Research Associate will be implementing Computer Assisted Interviewing
    (CAI) for surveys
  • Technically
    support the development and piloting of survey instruments; manage
    translation into local languages
  • Oversee
    the logistics of a large-scale field experiment, including managing
    budgets, timelines, contract worker payroll, and procurement
  • Responsible
    for data entry and support 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
    reports detailing research findings and proposed interventions
  • Manage
    the funding and human subjects approval applications, and ensure that all
    necessary approvals are in place
  • Maintain
    compliance with all company policies and procedures
  • Perform
    any other related duties as assigned by supervisor
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Research Associate (Village Enterprise) 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 a strong plus
  • Fluency
    in English with strong communication skills
  • Working
    knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is
  • Familiarity
    with randomized controlled trials preferred
  • 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
  • Demonstrated
    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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