Thursday, October 15, 2015

Research Coordinator - Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies

IPA Ghana seeks an enthusiastic, motivated and intelligent person, who is passionate about working with data and committed to solving poverty problems. If you have very strong quantitative data management skills, are interested in agriculture and would like to work in a dynamic, multi-cultural and high performing team, then you may be the Research Coordinator that we are looking for.
The Research Coordinator will coordinate the evaluation of interventions under the Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies to Smallholders (DIRTS) study. In addition the Research Coordinator will supervise and provide technical support to a second, smaller project, and support with project development.
The Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies (DIRTS) project builds on findings from a previous project (Examining Under-Investment in Agriculture—EUI), which revealed that rainfall index insurance had a strong positive impact on the value of smallholders’ investments in agriculture. The DIRTS project hypothesizes that complementary extension services and access to a wide range of agricultural inputs will permit these farmers to adopt intensified cultivation practices and thus improve production and per-acre profitability. From January 2014 to March 2017, IPA is conducting a randomized control trial (RCT) to test these hypotheses. The main evaluation activities of the project include large annual surveys and weekly labor surveys with 3240 households. The lead Principal Investigators on the DIRTS study are Dean Karlan and Christopher Udry of Yale University. The study’s interventions are implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Ghana Insurers Association and several other partners.
Responsibilities 
The  Research Coordinator will work closely with the academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:
  • overseeing several other project staff
  • refining and testing survey instruments
  • conducting qualitative research, checking and analyzing in-coming data, cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis
  • assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos
  • coordinating with local partners running the programs being evaluated, and supporting outreach to policymakers in country
This position will be based in Tamale, with required travel across the Northern Region.
Qualifications 
  • Master's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience managing survey data using Stata.
  • Experience with project management, budget management and donor reporting.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.
  • Experience living in a developing country is a strong plus.
Application Instructions 
Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. Please select the position(s) you are interested in applying for on the 'Submit Application' page. Statement of purpose (cover letter), CV and reference. We will consider your application even if you are unable to obtain reference letters before the deadline, but please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.
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.
IPA will never require monetary compensation as part of its application process. Any requests for monetary compensation by persons claiming to be IPA employees or persons claiming to represent IPA should be disregarded and reported to IPA.
About IPA 
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA designs, rigorously evaluates, and refines these solutions and their applications together with decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to improve opportunities for the world’s poor. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 350 leading academics to conduct over 450 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.
* This opportunity was shared by a Humphrey Alum. Currently minimum of 3 U of M grads are working with IPA (two from the Humphrey). This position is great for entry-level persons with master's degrees who are strong in analysis and who want to live abroad. 

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