IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individuals with outstanding research project management, data analysis, people management and communication skills as Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, to support one of IPA Uganda’s ongoing studies evaluating the impact of an Entrepreneurial Model of Community Health Delivery in Uganda currently being implemented by two of our partners in communities across Uganda.

The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (RA/SRA) will take a lead role in designing survey instruments, conducting quantitative and pilot exercises to inform study and/or questionnaire design, training and managing survey teams, ensuring data collection protocols are adhered to, ensuring data collected is of highest quality, delivering clean databases, assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and managing communication and relationships with stakeholders (researchers, implementing partners, donors, etc...). The position requires excellent interpersonal and organization skills. It also requires proficiency with Stata.

Background on the Study

Our partners created a community health worker program with the aim of improving access to and adoption of simple, proven health interventions among low-income households in Uganda. Through the program, the organizations recruit, train, equip, and manage Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who go door-to-door educating families on key health behaviors and distributing impactful and affordable products. In addition to providing health education and access to basic health products for low-income households, this model aims to create sustainable livelihoods for the CHPs, who can earn an income through profits from product sales and small, performance-based incentives for visiting households with pregnant women and newborn children.

Responsibilities 

The Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (RA/SRA) will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Liaise with Principal Investigators and Survey Coordinator in the design of survey questionnaires
  • In collaboration with the Survey Coordinator, ensure local and international Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals are obtained
  • Work with the data manager to program survey tools using SurveyCTO, high-frequency checks and data flows
  • Work with the Survey Coordinator to ensure translation of survey tools in local languages
  • Develop data collection protocols and data quality assurance protocol
  • Develop a data collection  plan  (procurement,  logistics and  route  plan)  that ensures adherence  to  data collection budget
  • Manage the project budget
  • Supervise training and hiring of team leaders, auditors and surveyors
  • Conduct daily data quality checks
  • Ensure implementation of survey spot checks and back-checks
  • Compile clean databases
  • Assist the PI team in data analysis
  • Manage critical high-level relationships with donors, partner organizations and researchers
  • Produce technical reports for donor and/or other stakeholders (e.g. fieldwork reports)
  • Keep the Research Manager and the PI team appraised of all project activities

The research team expects the RA/SRA to produce high quality deliverables, but also to maintain a high standard of professional and ethical conduct. This includes cultural sensitivity and respect when dealing with local populations, as well as full transparency and disclosure on the part of the RA/SRA when dealing with the research team and partners.

Qualifications 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Statistics, Social Sciences, Public health or related field;
  • Min one year of research project experience at a field research management or analyst position;
  • Experience with SurveyCTO programming language;
  • Proficiency with Stata and Microsoft Office tools is necessary, particularly Word and Excel;
  • Experience managing large datasets;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Excellent command of English, both spoken and written;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate work effectively over email and phone
  • Flexible, self-motivating and team player;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with stakeholders (PI and partner organizations);
  • Demonstrated commitment to IPA’s high standards of data quality;
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “ (Senior) Research Associate, Uganda ”. 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 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.