Research Manager – Financial Inclusion Panel Job Opportunity – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Organization: Innovations
for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda, Tanzania and Pakistan
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
Manager will manage a portfolio of three nationally representatives surveys in
Tanzania, Uganda and Pakistan. These surveys are part of an effort to develop a
high-quality panel survey to track the expansion of mobile financial services
across these countries. The job holder works closely with the IPA country
programs and partners to ensure the completion of the data collection and that
the data collected is of the highest quality. The Research Manager will work
closely with the project’s principal investigator, Tavneet Suri, and will
directly oversee all data collection and data analysis related to the project.
This position will report to the Director of IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program
and to the Country Directors of the IPA Offices where s/he will be located. The
position will be based in Tanzania (6 months) and Uganda (12 months) and will
travel across each country to oversee data collection efforts. The Manager is
expected to complete all project activities in 18 months and may be asked to
travel to Pakistan to oversee data collection for short periods of time. The
Research Manager is responsible for the overall management of the project. S/he
oversees direct implementation of the surveys in Tanzania and Uganda, while
also managing the relationship with our partner for data collection in
Pakistan. The Research Manager is responsible for the successful implementation
of the surveys in all three sites, ensuring that all activities are compliant
with research protocols, quality standards and are managed within budget. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Oversee the logistics of a large-scale data
collection, including hiring and managing field staff,  managing data collection partners and project
Ensure adherence to data quality protocols,
including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data
quality audits
The incumbent will oversee project financial
management, including monitoring of project budgets, and ensure  that project deliverables, such as reports
and financial statements, are submitted to donor on time
Act as a key link between the field staff,
partners,  IPA Country Programs, and
Principal Investigator
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Master’s
degree in related field, such as development economics, public policy, public
health, or education policy
At least two years of relevant research management
Advanced experience with data management and applied
statistics is desired
Significant experience supervising data collection,
teams of field workers, survey design and implementation and data management.
Background in randomized control trials is strongly preferred
Strong budgeting and financial management skills
Strong written and oral communication skills and
complete fluency in English is required
Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to
work successfully with diverse constituencies required; developing country
experience required
Good quantitative skills
Working knowledge of Stata and/or other programming
An desire to commit to this position for at least 18
Flexible and proactive work ethic with a
demonstrated interest in the vision and mission of IPA
Previous professional experience in East Africa is
an added advantage
Past exposure and experience with electronic data
collection platforms
Proven ability to work with donors and/or partner
organizations; experience with grants management is desired
Past exposure and experience with presenting
research findings at public forums, including to non-research focused
audiences, is preferred
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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