Senior Research Associate Non-profit Data Management Jobs – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Title:               Senior Research Associate
Organization: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Research Manager
About US:
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy
non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty
problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design,
rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications,
ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s
poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs
designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed
is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about
it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers
to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world.
Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 400 leading academics to
conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed
hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals
Background on the study:
IPA is evaluating a new Ultra-Poor Graduation program in western Uganda
in a refugee settlement and nearby host community. The program is based on the
Graduation Approach that was found to be effective in a pooled analysis of
randomized controlled trials (RCTs) across six countries and published in
Science (Banerjee et al. 2015).  The
Graduation Approach is a holistic set of services for targeted “ultra-poor”
households, designed to help recipients build livelihoods while building skills
and confidence, along with an asset base to diversify income, protect
themselves from shocks and sustain wellbeing. This new evaluation will test the
approach with a refugee population as well as test two lower-cost variations of
the approach. The lessons from the evaluation will then be applied in a second
phase of the project. Principle Investigators on the study are Dean Karlan,
Chris Udry, Doug Parkerson, Nathanael Goldberg and Lasse Brune.
Job Summary: The Senior
Research Associate should be a highly-motivated and qualified individual with
outstanding research project management, data analysis, people management and
communication skills as Senior Research Associate, to lead this new impact
evaluation of the graduation model. The Senior Research Associate (SRA) will
take a lead role in designing survey instruments, conducting qualitative and
pilot exercises to inform study and/or questionnaire design, supervising
listing exercise, managing survey teams, ensuring data collection protocols are
adhered to, ensuring data collected is of highest quality, delivering clean
databases, assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of
project reports and policy memos, and managing communication and relationship
with stakeholders (researchers, implementing partners, donors, etc…). The
position requires excellent interpersonal and organization skills. It also requires
an advanced proficiency with Stata software package. The SRA will be based out
of IPA office in Kampala but travel frequently to the location of the study.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Senior
    Research Associate job must hold a Master’s
    degree in economics, statistics, public policy, public health, social
    sciences, or related field;
  • At
    least two years of research project experience at a field research
    management or analyst position;
  • Proficiency
    with Stata, SurveyCTO programming language and Microsoft Office tools;
  • Strong
    written communication skills;
  • Excellent
    command of English, both spoken and written;
  • Demonstrated
    commitment to IPA’s high standards of data quality;
  • Excellent
    management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated
    ability to coordinate work effectively over email and phone
  • Flexible,
    self-motivating and team player;
  • Demonstrated
    ability to manage relationships with stakeholders (principal
    investigators, partner organizations);
Distinct Advantages:
  • Previous
    experience with IPA or J-PAL would be a significant asset;
  • Knowledge
    of another data analysis or software is a plus;
  • Familiarity
    with randomized controlled trials is a strong plus;
How to Apply:
All candidates must complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Senior Research Associate, Uganda.” Most applications for research positions require you to include at minimum
two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

NB: Note that you are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application.

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Deadline: 5th February 2018
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