Senior Research Associate, Graduation Pilot- IPA Uganda

By | January 29, 2018

IPA is evaluating a new Ultra-Poor Graduation program in western Uganda in a refugee settlement and nearby host community. The program is based on the Graduation Approach that was found to be effective in a pooled analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) across six countries and published in Science (Banerjee et al. 2015)*. The Graduation Approach is a holistic set of services for targeted ‘ultra-poor’ households, designed to help recipients build livelihoods while building skills and confidence, along with an asset base to diversify income, protect themselves from shocks and sustain wellbeing. This new evaluation will test the approach with a refugee population as well as test two lower-cost variations of the approach. The lessons from the evaluation will then be applied in a second phase of the project. Principle Investigators on the study are Dean Karlan, Chris Udry, Doug Parkerson, Nathanael Goldberg and Lasse Brune.
*Banerjee, Abhijit, Esther Duflo, Nathanael Goldberg, Dean Karlan, Robert Osei, William Parienté, Jeremy Shapiro, Bram Thuysbaert, and Christopher Udry. 2015. ‘A Multifaceted Program Causes Lasting Progress for the Very Poor: Evidence from Six Countries.’ Science 348 (6236): 1260799. doi:10.1126/science.1260799.
IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding research project management, data analysis, people management and communication skills as Senior Research Associate, to lead this new impact evaluation of the graduation model. The Senior Research Associate (SRA) will take a lead role in designing survey instruments, conducting qualitative and pilot exercises to inform study and/or questionnaire design, supervising listing exercise, 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 an advanced proficiency with Stata software package. The SRA will be based out of IPA office in Kampala but travel frequently to the location of the study.
Qualifications
Master’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, public health, social sciences, or related field;
Minimum two year of research project experience at a field research management or analyst position;
Proficiency with Stata, SurveyCTO programming language and Microsoft Office tools;
Strong 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;
Demonstrated 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);
Desired Skills & Qualifications:
Previous experience with IPA or J-PAL would be a significant asset;
Knowledge of another data analysis or software is a plus;
Familiarity with randomized controlled trials is a strong plus;
Application Instructions
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select ‘Senior Research Associate, Uganda’. 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.
Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
About IPA
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.
Disclaimers
Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at jobs@poverty-action.org or via phone at 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to jobs@poverty-action.org.
Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.
Application deadline: February 5th, 2018