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  • Posted: Jun 10, 2020
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    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 wor...
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    Research Associate

    Job Description

    • Reports to: Deputy Country Director or Country Director
    • Deadline to apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled

    Position Summary

    IPA seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding project management, data analysis, people management and communication skills as a Research Coordinator to oversee a portfolio of 2 to 3 research projects. This portfolio will cover various sectors including education, financial inclusion and agriculture and may include for example evaluations of cash grants for female entrepreneurs, seed markets for maize producers or a kindergarten teacher training program. Lead researchers that the Research Coordinator will likely work with include Prof. Christopher Udry, Prof. Dean Karlan and Prof. Sharon Wolf.

    The Research Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to provide strong leadership and act as a critical bridge between leading academic researchers, policymakers, and staff implementing research on the ground. He/she will join the dynamic and committed IPA Ghana team and contribute to the successful implementation of research projects, development of new projects and capacity building of team members. Developing and fostering good relationships with local stakeholders and implementing partners, such as the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, is another core element of the Research Coordinator role.

    IPA is looking for someone who can smoothly interact with leading researchers and development partners, enjoys managing and improving internal processes, and has a team-oriented mindset. Outstanding candidates should have a background in both research and project management, be clear analytic thinkers, and be unafraid to accomplish a tremendous amount with enduring good humour.

    This position will be based in Accra or Tamale, Ghana.


    The Research Coordinator (RC) will be responsible for the overall management of a portfolio of 2-3 research projects, most of which will be in the education, financial inclusion or agriculture sectors and will include wide scale surveys across multiple regions of Ghana. Each of these projects is expected to be staffed with a permanent team of 1 or 2 staff and up to 50-100 short term staff during survey periods.

    In particular, the Research Coordinator (RC) will:

    • Recruit and onboard project personnel such as Research Associates and Field Managers.
    • Coach, manage, and support a team of Research Associates and field staff in the implementation of complex impact evaluations around the country.
    • Manage relationships with investigators in multiple research institutions, funders and implementing partners to ensure successful projects.
    • Plan and supervise survey implementation, quality assurance, data cleaning, data analysis and other activities related to rigorous impact evaluation implementation.
    • Oversee the quality of client and partner deliverables
    • Develop and manage project budgets to ensure expenditures are always within budgeted amounts.
    • Produce reports for donors, researchers and other stakeholders.
    • Maintain compliance with IPA’s policies and procedures as well as the Ghanaian law.
    • Support the development of new projects in Ghana, by establishing relationships with researchers, implementers, and funders, and developing opportunities and proposals.
    • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor

    Required Skills or Experience

    • Master’s in development economics, or a field related to international economic development or public policy;
    • At least 2 years of relevant experience;
    • Experience conducting social science or economic field research; experience in conducting field research in developing countries required. Background in randomized control trials is a plus;
    • Experience supervising data collection and teams of field workers, designing and implementing surveys;
    • Experience with data analysis and interpretation;
    • Experience with Stata required. Advanced knowledge of Stata, R or Python is highly preferred;
    • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required;
    • Strong critical thinking and judgment to quickly identify problems and devise solutions as well as escalate matters as needed;
    • Strong quantitative, budgeting, and financial management skills required;
    • Ability to present research findings, including to non-research focused audiences;
    • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required; and
    • Passion for making data-driven decision a reality in the development sector.

    We are looking for a commitment period of at least three years for this position.

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    Senior Research Associate

    Job Description

    • Reports to: Deputy Country Director or Country Director
    • Length of Commitment: 1 or 2 years (renewable)
    • Desired start date: As soon as possible
    • Deadline to apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled

    Position Summary

    IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding project management, data analysis, people management and communication skills as a Senior Research Associate to support the implementation of a suite of projects led by Stanford University Professor of Development Economics Pascaline Dupas, as well as other scholars doing empirical research at top-tier academic and policy institutions, including Seema Jayachandran and Nobel Prize winners Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer.

    As an ideal candidate, you not only have a rock-solid technical foundation in impact evaluation methodology, but you can also independently guide and direct the activities that happen both upstream and downstream of any rigorous, randomized evaluation. You enjoy leading high-performing teams that drive the production of the highest quality research for our clients and partners. You excel in solving problems using clear, strategic, and creative thinking. You have a strong social acumen, and are excited about the opportunity to broaden, deepen, and manage meaningful relationships with high-level clients and partners across the public and private sector.

    The Senior Research Associate position is a unique opportunity to combine significant project management experience with an involvement in cutting-edge development research. He/she will join the very dynamic and passionate IPA Ghana team and contribute to the successful implementation of IPA Ghana’s longest ongoing impact evaluation, as well as other new studies such as a nimble experiment focused on infant development.

    We are looking for a minimum commitment period of two years for this position with a possibility for a longer-term position for exceptional candidates.

    The Senior Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks related to managing day-to-day research activities, from planning to implementation, and monitoring quality. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Recruiting, training and supervising field-based teams
    • Managing 1-2 long term project staff
    • Refining and piloting survey questionnaires
    • Supervising and monitoring data collection to ensure high-quality of the data
    • Running data quality checks and fixing issues with data collected during data collection
    • Assisting in data cleaning and preliminary analysis and ensuring ready access to all data for researchers and/or supervisors
    • Documenting in detail all activities related to the project
    • Maintaining accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
    • Preparing high-quality progress and results reports to PIs, research partners, and funding agencies, and sharing them timely
    • Providing timely updates and responses to partner organizations, and participating in meetings with key stakeholders
    • Managing project finances including budgeting, expense tracking and financial reporting
    • Ensuring that all team members follow necessary protocols and procedures
    • Handling day to day PI and partner communications

    Required Skills or Experience

    • Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, or other quantitative social science disciplines (Master’s degree preferred)
    • Quantitative Skills: Strong technical understanding of economics and econometrics required. Demonstrated proficiency in Stata, and experience with data management, data cleaning, and regression analysis
    • A minimum of 1-year of work experience is required. Experience managing field staff in developing countries strongly preferred
    • Excellent management and organizational skills; ability to successfully completing assigned tasks and meeting deadlines, required
    • Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills are required
    • Language: English fluency required
    • Ghanaian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.


    Please fill out the online application form by clicking the links above

    Please take note of the following instructions:

    • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until suitable candidates are found
    • Your CV is required to complete the application form
    • Incomplete applications or applications not completed through the web-form will not be considered
    • Due to high volume of applications received, IPA will only contact shortlisted candidates

    DISCLAIMER: Please note that IPA will never require monetary compensation as part of its application process. Any requests for monetary compensation by persons claiming to be IPA employees or persons claiming to represent IPA should be disregarded and reported. Please direct questions to [email protected].

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