Non-profit Jobs – Research Coordinator at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
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, micro-finance, governance and agriculture.
Job Summary: The
Research Coordinator will work in close consultation with the academic
researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but
not limited to: overseeing 1-2 research associates and their projects,
designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot
exercise, refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey
teams, negotiating contracts with survey firms, checking and analyzing data,
cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing
of project reports and policy memos, coordinating with local partners running
the programs being evaluated, and supporting outreach to policymakers in
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Manage
    1-2 Research Associates and their projects
  • Implement
    Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) for surveys
  • Develop
    and pilot survey instruments; manage translation into local languages
  • Manage
    the logistics of a large-scale field experiment, including managing
    budgets, timelines, contract worker payroll, and procurement
  • In
    charge of hiring, training, and managing survey enumerators
  • Maintain
    compliance with all company policies and procedures
  • Manage
    data entry and assist in data cleaning and analysis
  • Ensure
    compliance and adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing
    enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality
  • Manage
    critical high-level relationships with Municipal Government authorities
  • Actively
    participate in meetings with key stakeholders and present research
  • Write
    reports detailing research findings and proposed interventions
  • Manage
    the funding and human subjects approval applications, and ensure that all
    necessary approvals are in place
  • Perform
    related duties as assigned by supervisor
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a Master’s degree in economics, social
    sciences, public policy, or related fields
  • A
    minimum of three to five years of research experience
  • Additional
    training in development economics
  • Prior
    work or volunteer experience in development in developing countries a plus
  • Past
    exposure and experience living and conducting field research in a
    developing country is a strong plus
  • Possess
    excellent management and organizational skills along with strong
    quantitative skills
  • Fluency
    in English with strong communication skills
  • The
    ability to present positions and to negotiate with senior officials
  • Working
    knowledge of STATA (strongly preferred), SAS, or other data analysis
  • Familiarity
    with randomized controlled trials
  • Demonstrated
    ability to manage enumerator teams and survey operations at different
    levels (programming and data flow, financial budgeting and reporting,
    human resources and team building)
  • Flexible,
    self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team
  • Proven
    ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
How to Apply:
Please complete the Online
application at 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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email for interviews.
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