Data Collection Jobs – Research Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Title: Research Associate
Organization: Innovations
for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
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 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.
Job Summary: The Innovations
for Poverty Action Research Associate will primarily oversee the impact
evaluation Soft versus Hard Skills in Entrepreneurial Success: Evidence from
Entrepreneurship Training Interventions in Uganda. The goals of this project
are to (1) understand the types of skills needed for successful
entrepreneurship (2) whether those skills can be taught, and (3) the
effectiveness of skills for females versus males. The position offers an
opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization
undertaking cutting-edge development research. The Principal Investigators for
this project are Paul Gertler and Dana R. Carney (University of California,
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Coordinating and supervising all data
    collection activities
  • Formulating plans to operationalize field
    activities suggested by Principal Investigators
  • Developing and piloting survey instruments
  • Working in liaison with the principal
    investigator and the local partners running the program to ensure study
    protocols are followed
  • Hiring, training, and managing teams of
    local enumerators that will conduct data collection among business owners,
    workers, and household members
  • Planning, organizing and reporting on
    surveys in the field
  • Managing the project data from collection
    to cleaned datasets
  • Keenly tracking expenses and adhering to
    the project budget
  • Writing regular progress reports
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold
    a good Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or
    related fields; a Master’s degree in any of these fields is a strong plus
  • Additional training in economics and
  • Excellent management and organizational
  • Demonstrated proficiency in STATA and
    experience with data management, data cleaning, and regression analysis is
    a most
  • Possess the ability to prioritize and
    manage multiple assignments simultaneously with minimal supervision
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Prior exposure and experience conducting
    field research in a developing country is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience with impact
    evaluations and/or randomized controlled trials is a strong plus
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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