Innovations for Poverty Action Côte d’Ivoire seeks a qualified Senior Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Associate to be supporting independent process evaluations of pilot projects in the themes of early childhood development and primary education. The position is based in Abidjan and will report to the M&E Manager in Côte d’Ivoire, with technical oversight from IPA’s Right-Fit Evidence Unit.

The Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC) initiative aims to catalyze the interests of the private sector, the government and civil society organizations around the goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education with lifelong learning opportunities for all. In the last few years, TRECC has partnered with non-profit organizations and cocoa industry partners to pilot 14 promising interventions in Cote d’Ivoire. Out of these projects, major stood out and are entering much bigger scales. In this new phase, TRECC is extending its partnerships towards the scale-up of key interventions in conjunction with cocoa industry partners, but more importantly with a stronger commitment from / involvement of government agencies.

Innovations for Poverty Action Côte d’Ivoire seeks a qualified Senior Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Associate to be supporting independent process evaluations of pilot projects in the themes of early childhood development and primary education. The position is based in Abidjan and will report to the M&E Manager in Côte d’Ivoire, with technical oversight from IPA’s Right-Fit Evidence Unit.

The Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (TRECC) initiative aims to catalyze the interests of the private sector, the government and civil society organizations around the goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education with lifelong learning opportunities for all. In the last few years, TRECC has partnered with non-profit organizations and cocoa industry partners to pilot 14 promising interventions in Cote d’Ivoire. Out of these projects, major stood out and are entering much bigger scales. In this new phase, TRECC is extending its partnerships towards the scale-up of key interventions in conjunction with cocoa industry partners, but more importantly with a stronger commitment from / involvement of government agencies.

Responsibilities 
  • Revising and piloting the quantitative survey instruments, including programming questions onto a mobile phone/tablets
  • Revising and piloting qualitative survey instruments
  • Recruiting, training and managing survey enumerators and qualitative moderators in accordance with IPA HR policies
  • Planning and managing the data collection
  • Monitoring and ensuring that data collection complies with IPA standards of data quality, including auditing enumerators, and conducting data quality checks
  • Maintaining compliance with all IPA procurement procedures
  • Maintaining financial control of study expenditures including budget versus actual reporting and regular revisions to spending projections
  • Cleaning data
  • Informing partners on how the projects are going after each data collection
  • Writing reports
  • Participating in meetings with key stakeholders and presenting research findings
  • Overseeing human subjects’ approval applications, and ensuring that all necessary local authorities’ approvals are in place
  • Performing related duties as assigned by supervisor
Qualifications 
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, international development, or related fields
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience, preferably in a research setting and with data analysis
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail; ability to work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of Stata required; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English

Preferred additional qualifications

  • Master’s degree in economics, public policy, social science, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and train others in statistics, data analysis or MEL methodologies
  • Background in development programs relating to Early Childhood Development or Education
  • Familiarity with the concepts surrounding the Theory of Change and the core tools of MEL (both quantitative and qualitative research methods)
  • Familiarity with SurveyCTO, Open Data Kit or similar survey software
  • Experience with electronic data collection preferred
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Associate”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. Note that you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.

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. 

Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. 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 1-202-386-6200. 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.