Non-profit Careers – Research Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Title: Research
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Research
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 IPA
Research Manager to join the Uganda country office to oversee a portfolio of
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Keep
    the Country Director apprised 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
  • Oversee
    project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project
    budgets, and ensure smooth integration of projects into IPA financial
  • Work
    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
  • Steer
    the training on data management and general project management for
    new/incoming project research staff
  • Promote
    inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices
    with projects through formal and informal training opportunities
  • Serve
    as the point of contact for data management and analysis support for
    project staff by serving as the link between projects and IPA headquarters
  • 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
  • Support
    the Country Director in the development of new research studies in
    cooperation with principal investigators and partner organizations
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Research Manager 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
  • Strong
    written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is
  • Significant
    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 required. Knowledge of other
    statistical packages such as SPSS or R considered.
  • Show
    desire to commit to this position for two years
  • Flexible
    and proactive work ethic with a demonstrated interest in the vision and
    mission of Innovations for Poverty Action
How to Apply:
Please send an email to
following these instructions exactly:
  • In
    the subject line:   Put your full
    name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name.
  • Attachments:  Please attach ONLY your CV and cover
  • In
    the email body: Copy exactly the following position line: IPA Uganda,
    Research Associate, Mass media.
  • 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
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application.
Please select the position(s) you are interested in applying for on the ‘Submit
Application’ page. Statement of purpose (cover letter), CV and reference. 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.

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