IPA Côte d’Ivoire is looking to hire a Senior Research Associate (SRA) & Intervention Support to support an intervention and manage a few surveys for an RCT that aims to investigate (i) the degree to which pressure to share resources within social and family networks leads to economic disincentives for workers; and (ii) examining whether payroll innovations and financial products that help people to hide their earnings and privately save money can reduce this pressure. The project is implemented by the World Bank Gender Innovation Lab. The PIs on this project are Aletheia Donald, Eliana Carranza and Supreet Kaur. The SRA will work closely with the PIs, the Research Manager and the partners of the intervention. This position offers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with quantitative data collection and implementing an intervention in the sector of financial inclusion. A minimum of 1-year commitment is expected.

The World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) is conducting a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) impact evaluation of the Kin Networks, Forced Solidarity and Women’s Employment in Agro-Processing in Côte d’Ivoire. The project aims to encourage productivity increases amongst workers by allowing them to save any extra income earned in a private savings account. To accomplish this, workers are provided with the option to directly deposit monthly earnings in excess of their historical average earnings into an illiquid savings account. The project is being implemented in four locations in central Côte d’Ivoire where OLAM has cashew-processing facilities. It also relies on the cooperation with OLAM’s partner agencies who recruit workers and the Caisse Nationale des Caisses d’Epargne (CNCE) who designed specifically the commitment saving account for this project.

A quantitative baseline survey was designed by the GIL research team in collaboration with IPA and conducted with 1,297 cashew processing workers at the end of 2016. Then, the intervention, which consists in opening commitment saving accounts for the workers, was piloted in several plants and launched in one plant for 9 months. In June 2018, the intervention was launched in two plants for another 9 months.

The role of the SRA will be to provide intervention support, conduct on the phone and in person follow-up surveys and perform some data analysis and report writing. Intervention support includes continuous monitoring activities in the sites where the savings accounts is being offered, as well as the launch of subsequent phases of the intervention in one or more sites. A few follow-up surveys will take place in 2019 to measure the impact of having a commitment savings account on workers, and in particular whether it has led to an increase in productivity. This study will lead to a couple of publications including reports for the partner, a policy brief and an academic paper.

Responsibilities 

Intervention support and monitoring

  • Manage two IPA field coordinator based in the intervention plants and in charge of supporting the intervention by liaising daily with partners, facilitating some parts of the intervention and collecting important information
  • Collect and digitalize key administrative data at the worker level (productivity data), at the cooperative level (savings data) and at the plant level (organization of workers, flows of nuts, etc.)
  • Pilot the intervention including conducting qualitative interviews, testing the savings account at a small scale and providing recommendation on the implementation
  • Conduct the randomization by compiling the administrative data necessary and writing a dofile
  • Launch the intervention by organizing marketing campaigns and coordinating with partners to support them in their respective roles
  • Monitor the intervention in at least two plants by managing the process of computation of saving amounts by worker, biweekly account crediting and ensure the delivery of receipts to workers
  • Support the partners to conduct all the tasks related to the intervention and continuously seek to improve processes (e.g. implementing unique IDs, facilitating the administrative burden, etc.)
  • Writing monthly reports on the intervention
  • Communicate weekly with PIs to provide feedback and discuss corrective actions to take

Follow-up Surveys

  • Revising and piloting the survey instruments, including programming questions onto a mobile phone/tablet and managing the translation of the survey into the local languages
  • Recruiting, training and managing survey enumerators in accordance with IPA HR policies
  • Identifying the sampled workers and implementing processes to successfully track them
  • Planning and managing the data collection
  • Monitoring and ensuring 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 verses actual reporting and regular revisions to spending projections
  • Cleaning data and assisting in econometric analysis
  • Writing field reports
  • Performing related duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Communicating weekly with PIs to keep them updated on the progress

Data analysis and Reports Writing

  • With support of colleagues and PIs, contribute to data analysis and the production of a few reports/briefs reflecting the main analytical findings from the administrative and survey data, and the short-term impacts of the commitment savings account intervention
Qualifications 
  • At least a bachelor 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 exposure to data analysis and project management
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail; ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to lead staff and activities efficiently to achieve project goals
  • Demonstrated experience to liaise and collaborate successfully with external partners
  • Strong quantitative skills and good knowledge of Stata preferred; programming and other technical knowledge a strong plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French and English, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required
  • Experience with electronic data collection preferred
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Senior Research Associate & Intervention Support, Cote d'Ivoire”.  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. 

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