Implementation Associate Non-profit Jobs – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Organization: Innovations
for Poverty Action (IPA)
Work Station: Kampala, Uganda
with frequent travels (~50%) to project sites
Reports to: Research Manager
Desired Start Date: 1st May,
2018
About US:
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit
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 575 leading academics to conduct over 650
evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful
programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.
About Becoming One Project:
Becoming one, is a couples counselling program conducted by faith
leaders to encourage behavior change that may prevent intimate partner
violence. The program promotes skills development on communication, emotional
regulation, shared control over finances, and sexual consent while using the
Bible to reinforce people’s existing values around positive, peaceful
relationships.
Job Summary: The
Implementation Associate will work under the direct supervision of the IPA
Research Manager and under the technical oversight of the IRC’s Airbel Center. Under
the technical guidance of IRC’s design team in NYC and the IPA team in Uganda,
the IA will apply strong project management skills and work collaboratively
with our program implementation partners, including World Vision, to ensure
successful implementation and evaluation of the program.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:   
  • Serve as a key link between IPA
    management, IRC’s design team and World Vision staff to manage
    implementation and evaluation of the Becoming One program in Uganda
  • Oversee work of World Vision field staff
    during recruitment of faith leaders and M&E activities.
  • Build strong rapport and relationships and
    be in constant communication with facilitators and faith leaders of the
    Becoming One program
  • Oversee production of training materials,
    including development of videos and illustrations
  • Drive project progress and coordinate
    activities of cross functional team members, including high-level planning
    and detailed short-term activity scheduling.
  • Proactively manage project risks,
    dependencies, issues, gaps, reporting and resource conflicts.
  • Engage and facilitate meetings with
    stakeholders across globally distributed business units, and coordinate
    stakeholder communications.
  • Collaborate with IPA’s research lead to
    support impact evaluation, including survey development and RCT
    implementation
  • Ensure that project communications are
    timely, relevant, appealing to consume and accurate, including regular
    status updates and production of project deliverables to be submitted to
    donors and partners



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Innovations
    for Poverty Action (IPA) Implementation Associate job placement should
    hold a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s degree in the above fields is an
    added advantage
  • Three to five years of experience in
    project or program management
  • Previous experience in managing large,
    cross functional projects in development or humanitarian settings
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled
    trials desired
  • Synthesis skills and confidence distilling
    complex data into actionable insights and design changes
  • Unparalleled team collaboration skills;
    comfort working with researchers, frontline implementers, designers,
    beneficiaries, partners, other disciplines and donors
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to
    communicate visually  and with
    colleagues on all levels in a non-hierarchical, multicultural professional
    environment
  • Flexible, self-motivating, comfortable
    with ambiguity and new processes, able to manage multiple tasks
    efficiently
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office,
    documents management solutions and project management tools. Task
    management software appreciated.
  • Ability to travel regularly and work in
    rural districts of Northern Uganda.
How to Apply:
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application.
After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then
select “Implementation Associate, Becoming One”.  Most applications for research positions
require you to include at minimum two letters of recommendation, a statement of
purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.
Note that you are able to submit your application before your
references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include
their contact information before submitting your application.
NB: Given the volume of
applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an
interview.
Deadline:  6th April 2018
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