International Non-profit IPA Careers – Research Associate, Entrepreneurship Development

Organization: Innovations for Poverty
Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: 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 works with development partners and academic researchers to
create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate
“what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of
fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.
About Project:
The project will target micro-
and small-sized enterprise owners with the potential and motivation to improve
their productivity, grow their firms and create employment opportunities for
others.  Specifically, we will examine
the impact of two types of support for micro and small entrepreneurs: remote
consulting services provided by Grow Movement, in conjunction with Enterprise
Uganda, and a business ICT tool that will help entrepreneurs manage finance and
marketing information. Entrepreneurs will be carefully screened to identify
those with “high-growth” potential, and about 600 entrepreneurs will be
targeted to receive either the consulting services, the ICT tool, or both.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Responsible
    for hiring, training, and managing survey enumerators
  • Developing
    and piloting survey instruments including managing translation into the
    local language
  • Overseeing
    the logistics of a field experiment, including managing budgets,
    timelines, and relationships with partners
  • Supervising
    the data entry or data capture and assisting in data cleaning and analysis
  • Ensuring
    adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators,
    monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits
  • Managing
    relationships with local partners running the program being evaluated and
    with local District officials
  • Take
    lead in the funding and human subjects approval applications, and ensuring
    that all necessary approvals are in place
  • Perform
    any other duties as assigned
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The
    ideal candidate should possess a good Bachelor’s degree in economics,
    social sciences, public policy, or a related field
  • Excellent
    management and organizational skills
  • Fluency
    and excellent communication skills in English (Luganda desirable)
  • Flexible,
    self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team
  • Demonstrated
    ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Experience
    living in a developing country is a strong plus
  • Good
    working knowledge and understanding of randomized controlled trials
  • Ugandan
    nationals are strongly encouraged to apply
How to Apply:
Please follow the application instructions below.  Any
applications or CVs submitted outside this process will not be
considered.  Note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an
interview. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Complete the J-PAL/IPA
common application
. Please select the position(s) you are interested in
applying for on the ‘Submit Application’ page. 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.
IPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.
All persons shall have the opportunity to be considered for employment
without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry,
alienage or citizenship status, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation,
veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal,
state or local laws.
IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified
applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue
hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such
assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please
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