Research Associate Jobs – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job
Title:    Research
Associate
Organization: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: 
Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Research Manager
Background
IPA is seeking a
highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding research project
management, data analysis, people management and communication skills as a Research
Associate
, to support one of IPA Uganda’s study pilots aimed at
understanding how particular price schedules offered to traders affect price
pass-through to farmers, and the quality of coffee produced and purchased in
the value chain as a result. The principal investigators on this study are
Lauren Falcao Bergquist (University of Michigan), Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern
University) and Jie Bai (Harvard University) The study is being implemented in
partnership with a coffee company in the Rwenzori region with the support
of the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI).
Job Summary:  The Research Associate takes
a lead role in training and 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
relationships with stakeholders (researchers, implementing partners, donors,
etc…). The position requires excellent interpersonal and organization skills.
It also requires proficiency with Stata.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
Liaise
with Principal Investigators and Research Manager in the design of survey
questionnaires
·       
Work with
the data manager to program survey tools using SurveyCTO, high-frequency checks
and data flows
·       
Develop
data collection protocols and data quality assurance protocol
·       
Develop a
data collection plan (procurement, logistics and route plan) that ensures
adherence to data collection budget
·       
Manage the
project budget
·       
Supervise
training of team leaders, auditors and surveyors
·       
Conduct
daily data quality checks
·       
Ensure
implementation of survey spot checks and back-checks
·       
Compile
clean databases
·       
Assist the
PI team in data analysis as requested
·       
Assisting
in managing relationships with donors, partner organizations and researchers
·       
Produce
technical reports for donor and/or other stakeholders (e.g. fieldwork reports)
·       
Keep the
Research Manager and the PI team appraised of all project activities
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The applicant for the Research Associate Job Placement must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Development
Studies, Economics or a related field; Master’s Degree preferred
·       
Min one
year of research project experience at a field research management or analyst
position;
·       
Experience
with SurveyCTO programming language;
·       
Proficiency
with Stata and Microsoft Office is necessary;
·       
Experience
managing datasets;
·       
Strong
written communication skills;
·       
Excellent
command of English, both spoken and written;
·       
Excellent
management and organizational skills;
·       
Demonstrated
ability to coordinate work effectively over email and phone
·       
Flexible,
self-motivating and team player;
·       
Demonstrated
ability to manage relationships with stakeholders (PI and partner
organizations);
·       
Demonstrated
commitment to IPA’s high standards of data quality;
Desired
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
·       
Knowledge
of other data analysis software is a plus;
·       
Familiarity
with randomized controlled trials is a strong plus;
·       
Experience
working in developing countries

Commitment:
2
months, with the possibility extension
Desired
Start
:
ASAP


How to Apply:
Please complete the
online assessment here: Click Here. This form
includes an assessment and requires you to upload the following documents in
PDF format: 1) updated CV including 3 professional referees: Maximum 2 pages in
length, 2) Cover letter: Maximum 1 page in length and 3) Your highest- level
degree or diploma: Maximum 2 pages in length. Due to the high number of
applications, we will only be able to contact candidates who have successfully
passed the CV screening step.
About
IPA
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 worldwide.
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