NGO Jobs – Project Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Location: Kampala, Uganda
Organisation: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

About Project: The SME Initiative at Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a qualified Project Associate to join a study of the impact of a business skills training program for women entrepreneurs. The SME Initiative at IPA coordinates and supports research on the SME sector in developing economies, and this evaluation assesses the direct and indirect impacts of business skills training implemented in Kampala, Entebbe, Mukono and Jinja. The Principal Investigators are Dean Karlan, Greg Fischer, and Meredith Startz.

Job Summary: 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. This position will be based in Kampala with some travel to surrounding areas.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:
The Project Associate works closely with academic researchers, the Project Coordinator and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Overseeing multiple rounds of data collection , including follow-up surveys and a final endline survey;
  • Developing and piloting the survey instruments; programming surveys onto mobile devices; and managing the translation of the survey into the local language;
  • Hiring, training, and managing data collection teams;
  • Managing data from collection at the businesses to the delivery of a final, cleaned dataset;
  • Ensuring adherence to IPA and study protocols including auditing enumerators, performing daily checks of incoming data, and ensuring data is of the highest quality;
  • Coordinating and maintaining close relationships with the local implementing partner; and
  • Assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos.
 Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, public policy, international development, social sciences, or related fields;
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff efficiently to achieve project goals and to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations;
  • Strong quantitative skills, with a background in statistics preferred;
  • Knowledge of STATA (preferred), SAS, or other data analysis software required; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus;
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred; and
  • Experience living or working in a developing country.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills; exceptional attention to detail; flexibility, self-motivation, and an ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently; and should be a team player.
How to Apply:
If you are interested, please do two things:
  1. Please Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application at  indicating that you are interested in applying for a “Type 1: Field Research Associate or Project Associate” position.
  2. Please include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, CV, and transcripts.
  3. Send an email to  and copy , following these instructions exactly:
  4. In the subject line: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name. Attachments: Please attach ONLY your cover letter and resume.
    In the email body: Copy exactly the following position line: 100773IPA, Project Associate, SME .
  5. 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.
  6. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being 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 .

IPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), adhering to the laws that prohibit discrimination in the terms and conditions of employment . The IPA EOE policy provides equal employment, volunteer, and service opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, marital status, veteran status, disability (including HIV/AIDS), or any other status protected by applicable law.
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Deadline: 15th December 2012
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