Fresh Graduate Non-profit Jobs – Research Associate (Eware) at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Organization: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
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 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.
About Project:
In the face of growing food demand from a
burgeoning population, African agricultural markets remain highly segmented
with severe asymmetric information, numerous intermediaries in the supply
chains, and prices that are highly variable across both space and time.  This has potentially severe welfare costs in
numerous dimensions; farm-gate prices are depressed on average, prices are
highly volatile in the face of local production shortfalls, and the time path
of prices means that typical households are selling when prices are low and
buying when they are high.  A combination
of sophisticated contracting and information technologies may be able to
overcome these problems, but several recent studies have illustrated that one-dimensional
approaches are likely to be ineffective. 
This project aims to combine the market linkage services of a
well-established and highly reputable private sector brokerage firm with
high-frequency data collection, an innovative digital trading platform, and a
set of contractual guarantees to provide a multi-pronged set of solutions to
these problems.  Using highly scalable
technologies, this study will develop a suite of tools and methods that both
measure the shallowness in African food markets and offer solutions for market
deepening.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
In
charge of implementing Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) for surveys
·        
Develop
and pilot survey instruments; manage translation into local languages
·        
Ensure
adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators, monitoring
data collection, and conducting data quality audits
·        
Actively
participate in meetings with key stakeholders and present research findings
·        
Develop
and maintain databases recording intermediate and final outcomes of all
brokerage contacts
·        
Work
in liaison with the partner brokerage firm to collect and then enter data on
contracts
·        
When
necessary, conduct phone surveys with clients of the brokerage firm to
determine the outcome of these contracts
·        
Ensure
compliance with all company policies and procedures
·        
Integrate
data from a variety of sources, compiling via Excel and other spreadsheet
programs
·        
Ensure
all aspects of data quality and assist with data cleaning and preliminary
analysis in STATA
·        
Act
as a key liaison between the Principal Investigators and the local partners on
all data needs
·        
Work
closely with Principal Investigators and the local partners to ensure study
protocols are followed
·        
Perform
any related duties as assigned by supervisor
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidate for the Research Associate (Eware) should hold a Bachelor’s
degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
·        
Excellent
management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
·        
Past
experience living in a developing country is a strong plus
·        
Fluency
in English with strong communication skills
·        
Working
knowledge of STATA (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is
preferred
·        
Good
knowledge and understanding of randomized controlled trials preferred
·        
Flexible,
self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
·        
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. Please 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. 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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