Please note:  Candidates applying to this position are for the J-PAL/IPA Recruitment Drive.  

The Research Manager will manage a portfolio of up to five projects. These projects will include both evaluation and implementation components. They could span a range of technical areas, such as agriculture, health, Education and micro-finance. As part of their supervisory role, the Research Manager will work closely with the country office to ensure effective support is being given to projects, and projects are working within the relevant policies and procedures.

  • Directly supervise project research staff (Research Associates, interns), and help with transitions, on-boarding of new research staff and maintaining “institutional memory” of project activities;
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of program budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of project into IPA financial systems.
  • Ensure project adherence to general research design, sample selection, data management and analysis, and provide overall project management.
  • Lead staff trainings on data management and general project management for new/incoming research staff.  Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices and maintaining institutional knowledge throughout the organization
  • Coordinate between researchers and implementing partners to manage new and ongoing research partnerships.
  • Work with the Grants team to ensure that project deliverables, such as reports and financial statements, are submitted to donors and partners on time;
  • Promote adoption of research results through written materials and policy-oriented events
  • Be the point of contact for data management and analysis support for project staff by serving as the link between projects and IPA headquarters
  • Master’s degree in related field, such as development economics, public policy, public health, or education policy
  • Two years of research or project management experience
  • Experience supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey design and implementation and data management. Background in randomized control trials is strongly preferred
  • Superior knowledge of programming (Stata) and digital data collection platforms (preference for Open Data Kit, Survey CTO) is required
  • Demonstrated understanding of research and economic concepts
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Manager, Africa”.  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 non-profit 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 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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 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

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