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Senior Research Associate, DAR ES SALAAM

- December 13, 2017
Please note:  Candidates applying to this position are for the J-PAL/IPA Recruitment Drive.

• Ensure adherence to data quality protocols, including overseeing staff, monitoring data collection, conducting data quality audits, and ensuring data security
• Manage the high-level logistics of large-scale field experiments, including managing budgets, timelines, and procurement
• Coordinate effectively across multiple stakeholders
• Coordinate effectively with Country Representative, Research Manager, and Principle Investigators
• Coordinate the revision and field piloting of survey instruments, including development of tracking instrument and protocol for reducing attrition
• Hiring, training, and managing project staff
• Assist in data checks, cleaning and analysis
• Ensure timely exchange of data and information between IPA and partners, incl. participating in meetings with key stakeholders and presenting research findings
• Write reports detailing research findings and propose recommendations
• Ensure that all necessary research permit and human subjects approvals are in place
• Maintain compliance with all IPA policies and procedures

• A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, public policy, political science, international development, or related fields.
• Strong statistical skills and previous team management experience.
• Experience in undertaking data analysis for result dissemination alongside with Principal Investigators
• Demonstrated ability to move swiftly and sift through multiple sources of information to come to best possible decisions
• Demonstrated ability to manage enumerators teams and survey operations at different levels (programming and data flow, financial budgeting and reporting, human resources and team building)
• Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with high-level external partners.
• Excellent coordination skills and experience in understanding different stakeholder perspectives.
• Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude.
• Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices.
• Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player.

Application Instructions
  • Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Senior Research Associate, Tanzania”.  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 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.

** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.


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