Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is recruiting for a Research Manager in the Nigeria country office which opened in 2019.  We are seeking an ambitious candidate who wants to take part in establishing and shaping a new country program and portfolio of research studies in Nigeria.  The position will be based in Abuja, Nigeria with extensive travel to project sites around the country.

The Research Manager will oversee the initial portfolio of projects and will be responsible for the overall management of a portfolio of three to five RCTs, including assisting with hiring project management staff, interaction with PIs, and face-to-face coordination with partner organizations and Nigerian local, state and national government stakeholders.  These projects will include large scale surveys across several Nigerian states. Each of these projects is expected to be staffed with a permanent team of 1 or 2 staff each and up to 30-50 short term staff during survey periods.

This position is a unique opportunity as the successful candidate will play an integral role in working with IPA’s country, regional, and global teams to put into place the research management and administrative structures for the new IPA Nigeria country office. He/she will be a core member of the IPA Nigeria management team and contribute to the establishment of the policies and procedures, development of new projects, stakeholder outreach, and capacity building.

Responsibilities 
  • Work with the Country Director, regional and global teams to ensure a strong administrative startup of the Nigeria office, including assisting with hiring of key project staff, creation and implementation of sound human resource, financial, and operational policies and procedures, and compliance with organizational and Nigerian laws, standards, and research ethics requirements;
  • Keep the 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;
  • Directly supervise project research associates, and lead transitions, onboarding of new research staff and maintaining institutional memory of project activities;
  • Ensure project adherence to general research design, sample selection, data management and general research protocols, and overall project management timelines;
  • Ensure that project deliverables, such as reports and financial statements, are submitted to donors and partners on time;
  • Build systems and structures to build staff capacity and lead training on data management and general project management for new / incoming project research staff;
  • Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices with projects through formal and informal trainings;
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems;
  • Represent IPA and attend regular meetings with government officials, donors, and other partners to ensure success of programmatic activities;
  • Respond to existing calls for proposals in coordination with PIs and IPA’s Business Development team and support the development of new projects for the Nigeria office by establishing relationships with researchers, implementers, and funders, and developing opportunities and proposals.
Qualifications 
  • Masters in development economics, public policy, global health, international education or a related field;
  • At least three years of experience in managing multiple projects with increasing responsibility;
  • Experience supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey design and implementation and data management; background in randomized control trials;
  • Advanced knowledge of quantitative data collection relevant to measurement and instrument development;
  • Advanced skills in Stata or any statistical packages preferably R and/or CSPro;
  • Strong quantitative, budgeting and financial management skills;
  • Experience interacting with partners, government officials and other key stakeholders in a developing country context;
  • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including to non-research focused audiences Experience with data management, econometrics, and electronic data collection platforms;
  • Strong attention to detail, with a quality-focused mindset;
  • Ability to work independently and problem-solve, as well as enlist the support of other teams within the organization;
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies;
  • Demonstrated experience in writing project proposals and/or grants, preferably for international field research;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required.

 

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in Nigeria or the West African context strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of qualitative data collection methodology and data collection tools;
  • Experience in an IPA Country Office strongly preferred
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Manager, Nigeria”.  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.