Fresher Data Collection Vacancies – Senior Research Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Title:      Senior Research Associate
Organization: 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 Senior
Research Associate will support the Innovations for Poverty Action in
overseeing at least two evaluations: (1) Testing the long-term economic and
socio-political impacts of an cash-grants based employment program, the Youth
Opportunities Program (YOP), implemented by the Government of Uganda (GoU); and
(2) Testing an intervention aimed at reducing the prevalence of vote buying
during the upcoming Ugandan general election, implemented by the National
Democratic Institute (NDI).  The Research
Associate will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to
perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey
questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot exercises,
refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey teams,
checking and analyzing data, cleaning data and assisting in preliminary
analysis, project administration and financial planning, assisting in the
writing of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with local
partners running the programs being evaluated.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
The incumbent should implement Computer Assisted
Interviewing (CAI) for surveys
Develop and pilot survey instruments; manage
translation into local languages
Responsible for overseeing data entry and render
support in data cleaning and analysis
Ensure adherence to data quality protocols,
including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data
quality audits
Manage and conduct analysis on large database of
administrative data
Build and strengthen critical high-level
relationships with partner organizations
Participate in meetings with key stakeholders and
present research findings
Write reports detailing research findings and
proposed interventions
Maintain compliance with all company policies and
Oversee funding and human subjects’ approval
applications, and ensure that all necessary approvals are in place
Perform any other related duties as assigned by the
Research Manager.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant should hold a good bachelor’s degree
in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields required,
Masters preferred
Excellent management and organizational skills along
with strong quantitative skills
Experience living and working in a developing
country is a strong plus
Fluency in English with strong communication skills
Working knowledge and experience working with STATA;
The applicant should have a good understanding and familiarity
with randomized controlled trials
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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