Data Collection Fresher Jobs – Research Associate, Meet the Candidates at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

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 discovers and promotes
effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA designs, rigorously
evaluates, and refines these solutions and their applications together with
decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to improve
opportunities for the world’s poor. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has worked
with over 350 leading academics to conduct over 450 evaluations in 51
countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now
impact millions of individuals worldwide.
Job Summary: The
Research Associate, Meet the Candidates will oversee the impact evaluation of
an information campaign on voter behavior in the context of the 2015 primary
elections and 2016 general elections in Uganda. The intervention will involve
the recording of ‘Meet the Candidates’ sessions with Ugandan candidates for
political office. Sessions will be recorded and edited by local film crews and
will be screened in a random selection of polling station catchment areas. 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 Melina Platas Izama (Stanford University)
and Pia Raffler (Yale University).
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible
    for coordinating and supervising all data collection activities
  • Works
    in liaison with partner organizations, including political parties, on the
    recording and screening of ‘Meet the Candidate’ sessions
  • Responsible
    for formulating plans to operationalize field activities suggested by
    Principal Investigators
  • In
    charge of developing and piloting survey instruments
  • Working
    closely with the Principal Investigators 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
  • Responsible
    for planning, organizing and reporting on surveys in the field
  • In
    charge of managing the project data from collection to cleaned datasets
  • Tracking
    expenses and adhering to the project budget
  • Writing
    regular progress reports
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Research Associate should hold a 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
  • Attained
    training in economics and statistics
  • Excellent
    management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated
    proficiency in Stata and experience with data management, data cleaning,
    and regression analysis is a must
  • Ability
    to prioritize and manage multiple assignments simultaneously with minimal
  • Excellent
    oral and written communication skills. Fluency in English is required
  • Significant
    experience conducting field research in a developing country is strongly
  • Previous
    experience with impact evaluations and/or randomized controlled trials is
    a strong plus
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.
NB: Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email for interviews.

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