Research Associate Job Careers – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Title:           Research Associate
Organization: Innovations
for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Research Manager
About Us:
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy
non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty
problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design,
rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications,
ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s
poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs
designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed
is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about
it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers
to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world.
Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 400 leading academics to
conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed
hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals
Job Summary: The Research
Associate (RA) will take a lead role in designing survey instruments,
conducting qualitative and pilot exercises to inform study and/or questionnaire
design, managing survey teams, ensuring data collection protocols are adhered
to, ensuring data collected is of highest quality, delivering clean databases,
assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of project reports
and policy memos, and managing communication and relationship with stakeholders
(researchers, implementing partners, donors, etc…). The position requires
excellent interpersonal and organization skills. It also requires proficiency
with Stata software package.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant for the Innovations for
    Poverty Action (IPA) Research Associate job vacancy must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics,
    Statistics, Public Health, Social Sciences, Public Policy or related
    field. Master’s degree in
    economics, statistics, public policy, public health, social
    sciences, or related field is desired
  • At least one year of research project experience at a field research
    management or analyst position. 
  • The Research Associate should be highly
    motivated and qualified with outstanding research project management, data
    analysis, people management and communication skills as Research
    Associates, to lead one of IPA Uganda’s upcoming studies.
  • Proficiency
    with Stata and Microsoft Office tools is necessary, particularly Word and
  • Excellent
    written communication skills;
  • Excellent
    command of English, both spoken and written;
  • Demonstrated
    commitment to IPA’s high standards of data quality;
  • Excellent
    management and organizational skills;
  • Proven
    ability to coordinate work effectively over email and phone
  • Flexible,
    self-motivating and team player;
  • Demonstrated
    ability to manage relationships with stakeholders (principal
    investigators, partner organizations);
  • Previous
    experience with ODK/Survey CTO programming language;
  • Knowledge
    of another data analysis or software is a plus;
  • Familiarity
    with randomized controlled trials is a strong plus;
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates should follow the following instructions;
  • Please
    send an updated CV (3 pages max, including three professional references)
    and cover letter to
  • Complete
    the on-line assessment available at the following link:  Click Here
Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. Please apply early!
Deadline: Monday 20th March, 2017 by 2:00pm

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