IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual as Temporary Senior Research Associate, to support one of IPA Kenya’s ongoing studies with the World Bank on gender-differentiated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Temporary Senior Research Associate will take a lead role in conducting a literature review, preparing a pre-analysis plan, designing survey instruments, supervising quantitative and pilot exercises to inform study and/or questionnaire design, preparing datasets and analysis, and supporting the write-up of research papers.
The Government of Kenya is implementing the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Project (KYEOP), financed by the World Bank, which aims to increase the employment and earning opportunities for targeted youth in the country by providing job training, entrepreneurship support and access to relevant job market information. The project is implemented in a component approach, which includes: 1) improving employability 2) support for job creation, 3) improving labor market information and, 4) strengthening youth policy development and project management. The Project targets young men and women of 18-29 years with no more than a secondary education who are unemployed or working vulnerable jobs. For one of the interventions supported by the Project, the Business Plan Competition (Subcomponent 2.2), the age limit for direct beneficiaries is raised to 35 years. The Kenya COVID-19, Gender, and Youth Employment Study is implemented under the auspices of the two evaluations within KYEOP to look at the gender -disaggregated impacts of the pandemic on economic and household dynamics.
The Temporary Senior Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
- Contribute to research design by preparing a literature review, pre-analysis plan and statistical power calculations
- Prepare the survey questionnaires and ensure that the prepared data collection instruments implement the right controls and skips
- Contribute to the design of data collection protocols
- Supervise remotely the pilot survey exercise, provide feedback on field operations and survey instruments, and make and monitor improvements.
- Conduct data quality checks twice a week
- Assist in data cleaning and preparing datasets for analysis
- Conduct descriptive and econometric analysis of data. Prepare inputs (tables, graphs) for inclusion in reports, academic articles and policy briefs
- Help draft policy notes, papers, and presentations
- Coordinate between the World Bank and data collection team to ensure that concerns are effectively communicated between parties, flagging emerging issues that may be of potential concern to one or both parties, and ensuring that effective and productive collaboration is maintained.
- Minimum post-graduate degree (completed Master’s degree) in economics, international development, public policy, statistics or other related field
- Strong micro-economics expertise
- Strong interest in private sector development and gender
- Strong experience in designing questionnaires and other survey instruments
- Relevant experience in impact evaluations
- Excellent statistical programming skills in STATA
- Experience with SurveyCTO
- Experience managing large datasets
- Strong writing skills
- Strong ability to combine operational and analytical skills
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate work effectively over email and phone
- Demonstrated commitment to IPA’s high standards of data quality;
- Previous experience in Africa preferred
- Well organized, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with minimal supervision.
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