Data Careers – Research Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Title:      Research Manager
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Deputy
Country Director or Country Director
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
Managers manage a portfolio of up to five projects. These projects will include
both research and project implementation components. They span a range of
sectoral areas, such as finance, agriculture, health, education and gender
issues. As part of their supervisory role, the Research Manager works closely
with the country office to ensure effective support is provided to projects,
and that projects are working within the relevant policies and procedures.  The Research Managers are members of country
program management teams, thus they play a senior management role through
contributions to country program development, project development, policy
conversations as well as capacity building.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The
    incumbent will keep the Country Director appraised of all developments on
    the projects in their portfolio, and serve as key link between the field
    office, project staff, and Principal Investigators
  • Ensure
    project adherence in the field to general research design, sample
    selection, data management and analysis, and overall project management
  • Responsible
    for overseeing project financial management, including creation and
    monitoring of project budgets, and ensure smooth integration of projects
    into IPA financial systems
  • Work
    closely with field office staff to ensure sound human resource and
    operational management of projects
  • Directly
    supervise project research staff (Research Associates and Field Managers),
    and help with transitions, on-boarding of new research staff and
    maintaining “institutional memory” of project activities
  • Ensure
    that project deliverables, such as reports and financial statements, are
    submitted to donors and partners on time
  • Manage
    the training on data management and general project management for
    new/incoming project research staff
  • Actively
    promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best
    practices with projects through formal and informal training opportunities
  • Serve
    as the primary point of contact for data management and analysis support
    for project staff by serving as the link between projects and IPA
  • Attend
    meetings with local government officials and partners to ensure success of
    both project specific and key IPA programmatic activities
  • When
    requested, support the dissemination of results via presentations and
    reports to academic and non-academic audiences
  • Technically
    support the Country Director in the development of new research studies in
    cooperation with principal investigators and partner organizations
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Research
    Manager vacancy should hold a Master’s degree in related field, such as
    development economics, public policy, public health, or education policy
  • At
    least two years of research or project management experience
  • Strong
    budgeting and financial management skills; experience with writing donor
    reports and grant proposals
  • Advanced
    experience with data management and applied statistics is desired
  • Prior
    experience with electronic data collection platforms is also an added
  • Proven
    ability to work with donors and/or partner organizations; experience with
    grants management
  • Past
    experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including
    to non-research focused audiences, is preferred
  • Excellent
    written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is
  • Past
    experience supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey
    design and implementation and data management. Background in randomized
    control trials is strongly preferred
  • Cultural
    sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies
    required; developing country experience required
  • Quantitative
    skills; working knowledge of Stata is essential
  • An
    desire to commit to this position for two years
  • Flexible
    and proactive work ethic with a demonstrated interest in the vision and mission
    of IPA
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email for interviews.
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