The Financial Inclusion Program at IPA partners with financial institutions, governments, and researchers to design and test financial products and services that help households better manage and grow their finances. Our ideas and tools apply insights from economics and other behavioral social sciences. With over 125 completed and ongoing randomized evaluations in 29 countries, the Financial Inclusion Program (FIP) identifies effective solutions to promote healthy financial behavior and shares results with financial service providers and policymakers. In 2019, FIP launched a $5.4 million research initiative on financial consumer protection in emerging markets. This initiative will connect academics, financial regulators, and financial service providers to implement novel measurement interventions using survey, transaction, and social media data to document the incidence of consumer protection issues and risks related to digital finance. The initiative will also design and test innovative approaches to consumer protection policy through randomized control trial evaluations. In addition to this consumer protection initiative, FIP also manages a growing portfolio of projects related to financial health, behavioral economics, women’s economic empowerment, and household resilience.

The Research Manager (RM) is will manage all aspects of a portfolio of quantitative research projects, working closely with Principal Investigators from major universities and the World Bank, IPA country offices, and the FIP program team. The results of these projects will have important implications for public policy, digital finance, and consumer financial protection. Responsibilities may include management of individual research projects in the consumer protection portfolio, as well as additional projects on women’s empowerment and financial health.

Responsibilities 

Research Management

  • Coordinate between researchers and implementing partners to manage new and ongoing research partnerships.
  • With support from FIP staff, lead all aspects of project development, including research design, proposal development and budgeting, and liaising with partner organizations
  • Oversee all project implementation and data collection activities, working with IPA country office teams where relevant, including training partner staff and surveyors as necessary.
  • Ensure all projects comply with IPA policies regarding legal contracting, human subjects, grant reporting, etc.
  • Monitor project implementation and data quality and throughout the life of the project.
  • Develop evaluation plans, implementation guides, survey instruments, and any necessary training materials.
  • Utilize Salesforce for project management and project development tracking

Data Analysis

  • Coordinate with the project’s principal investigators to develop data collection and analysis plans
  • Conduct analysis on large, complex datasets using STATA
  • Assist in the preparation of academic papers for publication

Policy & Communications

  • Promote adoption of research results through written materials and policy-oriented events.
  • Create external project reports for both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Disseminate research results by engaging with social media and blogging on consumer finance field and project-related work, and supporting on IPA website content.
Qualifications 
  • Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, or a related field
  • Training in microeconomics, development economics, econometrics and statistics
  • 5-8 years of work experience in research or relevant private sector roles
  • Prior knowledge of behavioral economics, digital finance, or consumer protection is a plus
  • Experience in the design and management of randomized controlled trials or microeconomic research
  • Excellent quantitative skills, including proficiency in STATA and ability to manage large data analysis projects
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills along with strong analytic and quantitative skills using complex data.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including budgeting, and ability to manage a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary assistance to internal/external stakeholders
Application Instructions 

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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.

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