Senior Research Associate

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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.

Senior Research Associate, Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence programme

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks to appoint a Senior Research Associate to support the implementation of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme, a nine-year longitudinal study with impact evaluations in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Jordan. The programme aims to generate new evidence on ‘what works’ to transform the lives of adolescent girls and boys to enable them to move out of poverty and exclusion, and fast-track social change. GAGE research involves the most vulnerable adolescents, including adolescent refugees, adolescents with disabilities, those out of school, married girls and adolescent mothers.

Across the focal countries, the GAGE programme will collect data from over 18,000 adolescents and their families, covering a range of capabilities including health, education, psychosocial wellbeing, and economic empowerment. The Research Associate will join a consortium led by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and including several top-tier academic, policy and research institutions.  

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a global non-profit organization that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct more than 650 research studies in 51 countries. The core competence of IPA is in the successful design and quality implementation of research projects based on strongly established systems and partnerships at a national level. IPA Rwanda has been conducting research in Rwanda since 2013. IPA Rwanda is registered with the Rwanda Governance Board as an INGO, registration number 056/RGB/2018.

The successful candidate will work closely with lead academics and researchers from the GAGE programme, and their partnering organizations, including the World Bank, UN agencies, leading donor foundations and implementing NGOs, thus paving the way for future careers in academic, private-sector, or public-sector roles. 

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 candidate will be based in Kigali and will oversee activities in Rwanda and Ethiopia, and hence travel to Ethiopia will be required.

Responsibilities 

  • Managing day-to-day research activities, from planning to implementation, and monitoring quality. This includes training and supervising both field-based and data operations teams
  • Documenting all activities related to the project
  • Refining survey questionnaires and programming them on SurveyCTO
  • Supervising data collection and data entry processes, and ensuring high quality of the data at both stages
  • Ensuring ready access to all data for faculty researchers and/or supervisors
  • Assisting in data cleaning and preliminary analysis
  • Providing timely updates and responses to PIs, partner organizations, and participating in meetings with key stakeholders
  • Maintaining accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
  • Preparing progress and results reports to PIs, research partners, and funding agencies, and sharing them in a timely manner
  • Preparing key information for the GAGE programme office for presentations and publications
  • Attending weekly update calls with partners and GAGE programme office that likely will occur outside normal office hours due to time-zone differences.
  • Monitoring project expenditures and timeline
  • Ensuring that all team members follow necessary protocols and procedures

Qualifications 

  • 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 SurveyCTO, and experience with data management, data cleaning, and regression analysis
  • A minimum of 3-years of similar work experience is required. Experience managing field staff in developing countries strongly preferred
  • Excellent management and organizational skills; ability to manage last-minute field work changes and navigate sometimes stressful working conditions; ability to successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines, required
  • Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills are required

Language: English and Kinyarwanda fluency is required; further language skills are an asset

All candidates must have the legal right to work in Rwanda, this position will be based in the IPA Rwanda office in Kigali.

Applications (CVs and motivation statements) must be emailed to info-rwanda@poverty-action.org no later than 5 pm Rwanda time on 26 April 2019, applications received after this time will not be considered. All applications must list ‘Senior Research Associate’ in the title and list applicants gross salary expectations. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.