IPA Ghana seeks a Research Coordinator to oversee a portfolio of 2 to 3 research projects, most of which will be in the SME development, financial inclusion and agriculture sectors. This portfolio may include for example evaluations of a digital credit scoring application for cocoa farmers, cash grants for female entrepreneurs and seed markets for maize producers. Lead researchers that the Research Coordinator will work with include Christopher Udry and Dean Karlan.
The Research Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to combine significant management experience with an involvement in cutting-edge development research. He/she will join the very dynamic and passionate IPA Ghana team and contribute to the development of new projects, policy outreach, and capacity building. Developing and fostering good relationships with local stakeholders and implementing partners, such as the National Board of Small Scale Industries and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, is another core element of the Research Coordinator role.
This position will be based in Accra, Ghana.
The Research Coordinator (RC) will be responsible for the overall management of a portfolio of 2-3 research projects and will include wide scale surveys across multiple regions of Ghana. Each of these projects is expected to be staffed with a permanent team of 1 or 2 staff and up to 50-100 short term staff during survey periods.
- Manage the projects in the RC’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 2 to 5 permanent research staff, including project staff, with an eye on their professional growth;
- Keep the (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 in the development of new projects, in coordination with the (Deputy) Country Director and the Policy team, 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.
- Master’s degree in related field, such as development economics, public policy, international development, business administration
- Strong budgeting and financial management skills; experience with writing reports and/or grant proposals
- Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English
- Excellent management and organizational skills, detail-oriented, and ability to work independently and be supervised remotely
- Knowledge of Stata
- Experience managing randomized controlled trials is a strong plus
- Ability to present research findings, including to non-research focused audiences
- Resilient and flexible, with a can-do approach and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances
- Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required
- At least 2 years of relevant work experience
- Experience supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey design and implementation and data management is strongly preferred
- Prior work experience in developing countries is highly preferred
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Coordinator, Ghana”. 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.
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.
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