• Research Associate – Aspirations Project at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

  • Posted on: 8 August, 2017 Deadline: 20 August, 2017
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  • Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit Organization 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

    Research Associate – Aspirations Project


    The project aims to do a randomized controlled trial to examine the combined effect of lifting external and internal constraints simultaneously, providing a cash transfer and an intervention to boost poor people’s sense of self-efficacy and alter their understanding of their opportunities, encouraging poor people to set and pursue their own goals without directing their choices.

    The research will test if a brief, standardized psychological intervention can alter psychological outcomes and future-oriented behaviors in a developing country and examine if such interventions can enhance the already- known benefits of cash transfers.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Oversee large scale data collection activities
    • Manage logistics for new pilot activities
    • Develop and pilot survey instrument
    • Design forms for electronic data collection (using SurveyCTO) and manage survey data
    • Recruit, train and manage teams to conduct surveys
    • Ensure adherence to data quality protocols and assist with data cleaning and preliminary analysis
    • Monitor project timeline and budget, including tracking project expenses and adherence to the project budget and timeline
    • Work closely with local partners to ensure study protocols are followed
    • Assist with donor reporting
    • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public health, public policy, or related fields.
    • Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and significant fieldwork experience will also be considered.
    • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
    • Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred), SAS, or other data analysis software
    • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
    • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
    • At least two year of work experience required. Previous experience with IPA/JPAL preferred.
    • 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)
    • Responsible, accountable and able to manage problematic situations
    • Experience living and working in a developing country
    • Fluency in Luo a big plus
    • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) career website on poverty-action.formstack.com to apply

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