Fresh Graduate Data Collection Research Associate Jobs – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fresh Graduate Data Collection Research Associate Jobs – Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Thursday, October 30, 2014

Job Title: Research Associate

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.

Job Summary: The Innovations for Poverty Action Research Associate will primarily oversee the impact evaluation of an intervention seeking to change social norms and attitudes on abortion and violence against women. The study aims at understanding the effectiveness of mass media content in addressing women’s issues. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand field management experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research. The Principal Investigator for this project is Donald Green (Columbia University), and he is assisted by doctoral students Susanne Baltes, and Anna Wilke.

Key Job Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Actively coordinating and supervising all data collection activities
  • Working closely with the principal investigator and the local partners running the program to ensure study protocols are followed.
  • Managing the implementation of media intervention
  • In charge of developing and piloting survey instruments
  • Hiring, training, and managing teams of local enumerators
  • Planning, organizing and reporting on surveys in the field
  • Overseeing the project data from collection to cleaned datasets
  • Tracking expenses and adhering to the project budget
  • Writing regular progress reports

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  

  • The applicants for the Data Collection Jobs should possess Bachelor’s degrees in economics, social sciences, public health, public policy, or related fields; a Master’s degree in any of these fields is a strong plus
  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required
  • Possess the ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments and data collections simultaneously with minimal supervision
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Experience conducting field research in a developing country is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience with impact evaluations and/or randomized controlled trials is a strong plus
  • Additional training in statistics and demonstrated proficiency in STATA (data management and cleaning) is desired
How to Apply the job:

Please send an email to jobs-uganda@poverty-action.org following these instructions exactly:

  • In the subject line:   Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name.
  • Attachments:  Please attach ONLY your CV and cover letter.
  • In the email body: Copy exactly the following position line: IPA Uganda, Research Associate, Mass media.
  • Please do not include any text besides the position line(s) in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application.

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. Please select the position(s) you are interested in applying for on the ‘Submit Application’ page. Statement of purpose (cover letter), CV and reference.

We will consider your application even if you are unable to obtain reference letters before the deadline, but please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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