Research Associate

  • Full Time
  • Nigeria

Job Vacancies in Nigeria 2022

Job Details

Hiring Organization  Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Post Name  Research Associate
Qualification  Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, or other quantitative social science disciplines (Master’s degree preferred)
Industry  Private
Employment Type  Full Time
Work Hours  8 Hours
Salary  NGN 300000 To NGN 360000 Per Month
 Location   Abuja, Nigeria 900110

IPA Nigeria is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding project management, data analysis, people management, and communication skills as a Research Associate to support the implementation of a rigorous impact evaluation.

The Research Associate position is a unique opportunity to combine significant project management experience with involvement in cutting-edge development research on a dynamic and passionate IPA Nigeria team.


As an ideal candidate, you not only have a 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 contributing to 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 is excited about the opportunity to broaden, deepen, and manage meaningful relationships with high-level clients and partners across the public, academic, non-governmental, and multilateral sectors.

Responsibilities 

The 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:

  • Coordinating research and implementation efforts with all relevant stakeholders;
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising field-based teams;
  • Refining and piloting survey questionnaires;
  • Supervising and monitoring data collection to ensure high-quality of the data;
  • Supporting 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 Principal Investigators (PI), research partners, and funding agencies, and sharing them timely;
  • Providing timely updates and responses to partner organizations, and participating in meetings with key stakeholders;
  • Providing training and supervision for research project staff (Field Manager);
  • 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;
  • Any other task as assigned by Country Director;
  • Keep the Country Director apprised of all developments in the project and serve as the key link between the field staff, research team, and Principal Investigators.
  • Support the country office in project and policy development as needed

Qualifications 

  • 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 2-year of work experience is required. Experience managing field staff in developing countries strongly preferred;
  • Ability to collaborate among geographically and culturally diverse teams to drive common goals;
  • Interculturally versed to build capacity, work with, and live in Nigeria;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills;
  • Ability to successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines, required;
  • Communication Skills: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills are required;
  • Language: English fluency required;

Application Instructions

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate”. Applications require you to include a statement of purpose (cover letter) and a CV.

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, ensure 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 of 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 a tangible impact on the world.

IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

IPA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with.

As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced.

Those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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