Full Time Senior Research Associate, Ghana for IPA
Senior Research Associate
IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding project management, data analysis, people management and communication skills as a Senior Research Associate to support the implementation of a suite of projects led by Stanford University Professor of Development Economics Pascaline Dupas, as well as other scholars doing empirical research at top-tier academic and policy institutions, including Seema Jayachandran and Nobel Prize winners Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer.
As an ideal candidate, you not only have a rock-solid technical foundation in impact evaluation methodology, but you can also independently guide and direct the activities that happen both upstream and downstream of any rigorous, randomized evaluation.
You enjoy leading high-performing teams that drive the production of the highest quality research for our clients and partners. You excel in solving problems using clear, strategic, and creative thinking.
You have a strong social acumen, and are excited about the opportunity to broaden, deepen, and manage meaningful relationships with high-level clients and partners across the public and private sector.
The Senior Research Associate position is a unique opportunity to combine significant project management experience with an involvement in cutting-edge development research.
He/she will join the very dynamic and passionate IPA Ghana team and contribute to the successful implementation of IPA Ghana’s longest ongoing impact evaluation, as well as other new studies such as a nimble experiment focused on infant development.
We are looking for a minimum commitment period of two years for this position with a possibility for a longer-term position for exceptional candidates.
The Senior Research Associate will perform a variety of tasks related to managing day-to-day research activities, from planning to implementation, and monitoring quality. These include, but are not limited to:
Recruiting, training and supervising field-based teams
Managing 1-2 long term project staff
Refining and piloting survey questionnaires
Supervising and monitoring data collection to ensure high-quality of the data
Running data quality checks and fixing issues with data collected during data collection
Assisting in data cleaning and preliminary analysis and ensuring ready access to all data for researchers and/or supervisors
Documenting in detail all activities related to the project
Maintaining accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
Preparing high-quality progress and results reports to PIs, research partners, and funding agencies, and sharing them timely
Providing timely updates and responses to partner organizations, and participating in meetings with key stakeholders
Managing project finances including budgeting, expense tracking and financial reporting
Ensuring that all team members follow necessary protocols and procedures
Handling day to day PI and partner communications
Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, or other quantitative social science disciplines (Master’s degree preferred)
Quantitative Skills: Strong technical understanding of economics and econometrics required. Demonstrated proficiency in Stata, and experience with data management, data cleaning, and regression analysis
A minimum of 1-year of work experience is required. Experience managing field staff in developing countries strongly preferred
Excellent management and organizational skills; ability to successfully completing assigned tasks and meeting deadlines, required
Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills are required
Language: English fluency required
Ghanaian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Senior Research Associate, Ghana”. 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.
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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