IPA NGO Research Associate job in Uganda


The Research Associate will work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires, conducting qualitative research, running pilot exercise, refining study design and surveying instruments, managing survey teams, negotiating contracts with survey firms, checking and analyzing data, cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and coordinating with local partners running the programs being evaluated. The project involves close partnership with high-level government officials and depends on a high capacity for negotiation and diplomacy. It will take place across 33 districts in Uganda and will require the Research Associate to travel for longer periods. A candidate with work experience in Uganda is strongly preferred.

• Pretest an audit tool and conduct an audit on government-provided household goods and housing;
• Manage a team of local engineers and veterinarians and trouble-shoot logistical problems in the field;
• Train a team in community relations and execute a time-sensitive scorecard delivery to communities in the sample
• Develop and pilot baselinesurvey instruments; manage translation into local languages
• Implement Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) for surveys
• Manage data entry and assist in data cleaning and analysis
• Ensure adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits
• Manage critical high-level relationships with partner organizations
• Participate in meetings with key stakeholders and present research findings
• Write reports detailing research findings and proposed interventions
• Oversee funding and human subjects approval applications, and ensure that all necessary approvals are in place
• Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor
• Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures

• A bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
• Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
• High attention to detail and ability to meet time-sensitive deadlines
• Experience living in a developing country is a strong plus
• Fluency in English with strong communication skills
• Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is preferred
• Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred
• Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
• Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations

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