IPA seeks a Research Coordinator to coordinate the implementation of background research that will inform the Social Cohesion in Divided Societies Research Program, which aims to inform social cohesion programming strategy, and act as a German/English translator in the review of materials and conversations with key partners. 

This role will involve an exhaustive review of the academic literature on social cohesion, an examination of programs’ documentation to identify theories of change and related causal mechanisms that contribute to improved social cohesion in fragile and conflict-affected societies, and key-informant interviews with technical and program staff as well as scholars. Some of these materials and interviews will be in German. 

The Research Coordinator will work closely with IPA’s Peace & Recovery Program and affiliated researchers Dr. Betsy Levy Paluck and Dr. Macartan Humphreys to identify programs with strong social cohesion theories of change, ultimately contributing to the design of a research program that will both inform both the design and implementation of future social cohesion programming, and build the evidence base more broadly for policymakers and practitioners in the field. 

  • Management of the project       
  • Review of the academic literature on social cohesion      
  • Review of program documentation and evaluation reviews (mainly in German)      
  • Translation of documentation from German to English 
  • Identification of Theories of Change from the literature and programs         
  • Conduct short online surveys and key-informant interviews with technical and program staff and social cohesion experts (mainly in German)         
  • Participate in a series of Theory of Change workshops with program staff
  • Lead a workshop with the donor to assess and validate the prioritized impact hypotheses
  • Prepare a proposal (with academic affiliates) for coordinated multi-country evaluations of new social cohesion programs     
  • Prepare financial reports
  • Write and present reports to donor
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, public policy, or related fields. Focus on development studies, international relations, peace studies, and similar are desirable. Holding a Master’s degree is a plus 
  • Professional proficiency in German desirable  
  • At least two years of relevant experience designing, implementing, and managing research studies
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, including presenting information in a structured and insightful manner, both written and orally in both English and German 
  • Familiarity with social cohesion programming and research (preferred)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of topics related to peacebuilding and randomized evaluations (preferred)
Application Instructions 
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 830 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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