IPA seeks a Associate Research Manager to oversee a portfolio of 3 to 4 research projects. The Associate Research Manager position is a unique opportunity to combine significant management experience with a direct involvement in cutting-edge development research. The Associate Research Manager will work closely with the various country office teams and the Global Research & Data Support to ensure that effective support is given to projects and that projects are aligned with IPA Mexico and global practices. The Associate Research Manager is also expected to work closely with Principal Investigators, to ensure that projects are implemented well and reflect the IPA quality standards.

They will have the opportunity to develop new projects in conjunction with the Country Director/Deputy Country Director as well as staff development, systems enhancement, and policy outreach. Developing and fostering good relationships with government partners, donors, local stakeholders and implementing partners is another core element of the Associate Research Manager role.

This position will be based in Mexico City, Mexico. Projects may include projects in social protection, education, crime, financial inclusion, consumer protection among others.

Responsibilities 

The Associate Research Manager (ARM) will be responsible for the overall management of a portfolio of 3-4 research projects. Each of these projects is expected to be staffed with a permanent team of 1 or 2 staff and up to 20-100 short term staff during survey periods.

In particular, the Associate Research Manager will:

  • Manage projects in the ARM’s portfolio and work with Principal Investigators to ensure their adherence to research design, sample selection, data collection, data management and general research protocols, as well as overall project objectives timelines.
  • Directly supervise 3 to 5 permanent research staff, including project staff with an eye on their professional growth.
  • Keep the Country Director/Deputy Country Director apprised of all developments on the projects within their portfolio, and serve as a key link between the field office, project staff, and Principal Investigators.
  • Support or lead in the development of new projects, in coordination with the Country Director, as well as potential researchers, implementing partners, and donors;
  • Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices with projects through formal and informal trainings;
  • Work with field office staff to ensure sound human resource and operational management of projects;
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems;
  • Take part in regular meetings with local government officials and other partners to ensure success of programmatic activities; and
  • Support the dissemination of interim results via presentations and reports to non-academic audiences.
Qualifications 
  • Master’s in development economics, or a field related to international economic development or education and at least 2 years of relevant experience; or Bachelor’s in a field in the social sciences with at least 3 relevant years of experience in research.
  • Experience conducting large scale field research; experience in conducting field research in developing countries required. Background in randomized control trials is a plus;
  • Understanding of cutting edge data quality assurance mechanisms including tools within SurveyCTO
  • Experience supervising data collection and teams of field workers, designing and implementing surveys;
  • Experience with data analysis. Advanced knowledge of Stata or any statistical package is preferred;
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required;
  • Strong quantitative, problem-solving, negotiation, and financial management skills required;
  • Ability to present research findings, including to non-research focused audiences;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required.
  • We are looking for a minimum commitment period of one year for this position
  • Highly curious, sense of humor, and a good pressure manager
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the APPROPRIATE CATEGORY job category, then select “Associate Research Manager”. Applications require you to include a statement of purpose (cover letter) and CV.

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 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. 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 1-202-386-6200. 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.