Research Associate Job in Kenya – NGO

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Vacancy: Research Associate – Aspirations Project

Reporting To:
Research Coordinator

Start Date: 4th October, 2017
Duration: 6 Months
Location: Oyugis

Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only

About Us: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an international non-profit research organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems.

IPA works in partnership with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations in the fields of health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture. 

We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale.
 
About the Project: Development assistance tends to focus on the ‘external’ constraints that poor people face, while largely ignoring ‘internal’ ones.

However, social psychology suggests that poor people’s sense of self-efficacy and control may be beaten down by the nature of living in poverty, limiting the options they consider. 

The project aims to do a randomized controlled trial to examine the combined effect of lifting external and internal constraints simultaneously, providing a cash transfer and an intervention to boost poor people’s sense of self-efficacy and alter their understanding of their opportunities, encouraging poor people to set and pursue their own goals without directing their choices. 

The research will test if a brief, standardized psychological intervention can alter psychological outcomes and future-oriented behaviors in a developing country and examine if such interventions can enhance the already- known benefits of cash transfers.


Duties and Responsibilities
  • Oversee large scale data collection activities
  • Manage logistics for new pilot activities
  • Develop and pilot survey instrument
  • Design forms for electronic data collection (using SurveyCTO) and manage survey data
  • Recruit, train and manage teams to conduct surveys
  • Ensure adherence to data quality protocols and assist with data cleaning and preliminary analysis
  • Monitor project timeline and budget, including tracking project expenses and adherence to the project budget and timeline
  • Work closely with local partners to ensure study protocols are followed
  • Assist with donor reporting
  • Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Experience
  • Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public health, public policy, or related fields. 
  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and significant fieldwork experience will also be considered.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internal and external customers
  • Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred), SAS, or other data analysis software
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices
  • At least two year of work experience required. Previous experience with IPA/JPAL preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage enumerators teams and survey operations at different levels (programming and data flow, financial budgeting and reporting, human resources and team building)
  • Responsible, accountable and able to manage problematic situations
  • Experience living and working in a developing country
  • Fluency in Luo a big plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

Deadline to Apply: 20th August, 2017

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Research Associate - Aspirations Project. 

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.

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