The Senior Data Specialist will support a study in Kenya with the World Bank on gender-differentiated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment, entrepreneurship, and household dynamics. This work will build on the implementation of ongoing impact evaluations in Kenya on youth employment and entrepreneurship led by the World Bank and the Government of Kenya. Key areas of involvement will include data management and cleaning, data analysis and drafting of policy papers and academic papers. 

  • Data management and cleaning
    • Perform extensive and exhausting data cleaning on STATA/R platform for incoming data.
    • Clean data coming in from field, including flagging out inconsistencies and/or errors arising as part of routine data checks.
    • Preparing datasets from surveys for analysis
  • Data analysis
    • Conduct descriptive and econometric analysis of data
    • Prepare inputs (tables, graphs) for inclusion in reports, academic articles and policy briefs
  • Papers and reports
    • Drafting policy notes and academic papers
    • Prepare presentations for high-level stakeholders/audiences
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures
  • Post-graduate degree (completed Master's degree) in economics, international development, public policy, statistics or other related field
  • Strong micro-economics analytics expertise
  • Strong interest in private sector development and gender
  • Strong experience in designing questionnaires and other survey instruments
  • Relevant experience in impact evaluations
  • Strong skills in econometrics and programming (STATA, Python, R, Matlab)
  • Strong analytical, communication and writing skills
  • Strong ability to combine operational and analytical skills
  • Previous experience in Africa preferred
  • Well organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with minimal supervision.
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the APPROPRIATE CATEGORY job category, then select “Senior Data Specialist”. Applications require you to include a statement of purpose (cover letter) and CV.

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 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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