This study is two distinct evaluations of the long-term impacts of two innovative youth skill development and entrepreneurship interventions (Educate! & SEED) in Uganda, both implemented at-scale as randomized controlled trials (RCT) during the last year of high-school or just after high-school completion. In particular, the project aims to follow up on students, who received either Educate! or SEED entrepreneurial training programs, after 7 years since the students’ graduation from high-school to measure impacts on economic and gender-related outcomes that shape women’s well-being and access to and control over resources. The two studies aim to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms through which the two interventions operate and yield lasting impacts, while also informing the debate on the optimal combination of soft and hard skills in skill development programs and curriculum design. In the medium term the researchers found very interesting results related to participants family planning choices. The 7 year follow up is inspired by these positive findings and is a unique opportunity to investigate actual long-term impacts of entrepreneurial and soft skill training to labor market outcomes. The study plans to incorporate both quantitative, qualitative data collection tools as well as measures from behavioral games and, potentially, biomarkers.

IPA Uganda is looking for a Senior Research Associate to work closely with the PIs (Paul Gertler and Laura Chioda) and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running extensive piloting exercises, refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey teams, checking and analyzing data.

This is a unique opportunity to gain in-depth research experience in a large scale, long-term study with visible outcomes that have an actual policy impact in near future. This role is perfect for candidates who are considering pursuing a PhD in the near future or to seek a career in public policy.

Responsibilities 
  • Implement Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) for surveys using SurveyCTO and STATA;
  • Develop and pilot survey instruments; manage translation into local languages;
  • Lead field team training and prepare high quality training materials;
  • Manage data entry and assure smoothness of daily data quality checks;
  • Ensure adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits;
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor; and
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures.
Qualifications 
  • At least 2-3 years of fieldwork management experience. This includes training and managing large teams in the field.
  • A bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields (candidates with a Master’s degree strongly preferred);
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills;
  • Knowledge on biomarkers is a plus;
  • Experience living in a developing country is a strong plus;
  • Fluency in English with strong communication skills;
  • High level of STATA knowledge;
  • Strong SurveyCTO skills;
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred;
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, Innovative Youth Skill Development & Entreprenuership”.  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 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 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

Disclaimers 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an EO Employer-MF/Veteran/Disability. 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 1-203-772-2216. Disclaimer: 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.