IPA Research Associate (Rural Electric Power Project) Job in Kenya-September 2015



Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Rural Electric Power Project

Position: Research Associate

Location: Busia or Siaya (to be communicated during interviews)
Start Date: November 2015
Eligibility: Position open to local hires

About Innovations for Poverty Action: is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems.

In close partnership with decision makers — the policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors working with the poor around the world — IPA designs and evaluates potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations, the most rigorous evaluation method available.

We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale
About the Project: The Rural Electric Power Project (REPP) is a research project based at UC Berkeley to study the impacts of electrification for “under grid” households and businesses in Western Kenya. Over the past two years, we have laid the foundation for a randomized evaluation of electricity access.

Over the next year, we will develop a comprehensive endline survey instrument and administer a follow-up survey round involving up to 4,000 households, as well as neighboring businesses.

Our academic objective is to study issues relating to energy poverty. Therefore, the specifics of our plans may evolve as new opportunities and ideas arise.
The Research Associate will gain first-hand field experience in an organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.

The position will be located in Busia or Siaya town, Western Kenya.

Principal investigators are Professors Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley), Catherine Wolfram (UC Berkeley), and Ken Lee, a graduate student at UC Berkeley.

The RA will be responsible for managing a field staff of 10 to 20 Kenyan nationals.


  • Implementation of the research plan;
  • Refining study protocols;
  • Designing programming, and piloting existing and future surveys using Survey CTO (a platform built on Open Data Kit)
  • Quality control, data cleaning and analysis;
  • Tracking expenditures and preparing financial reports
  • Drafting grant summaries and reports;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key local partners,
  • Coordinating a weekly call with the UC Berkeley team, among others.

Required Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or a related field
  • Strong desire to pursue a PhD in development economics or a related field
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Flexible, self-motivating, and able to solve unexpected problems
  • Strong quantitative and data analysis skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Strong track record of delivering results

Desired Qualifications and Characteristics

  • Fluent in (or desire to learn) Swahili
  • Experience living in rural Kenya or similar environment
  • Working knowledge of STATA (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing a team

How to Apply

In a single PDF, please attach your resume and a brief cover letter summarizing your qualifications and interest in the position.

Your CV should include your scores or grades and other measures of academic achievement, and details about any relevant work experience.
In addition to the above application procedure applications must be submitted only by email to [email protected]

Please ensure that the subject line reads: “RESEARCH ASSOCIATE.” REF NO: REPP-2015-09-01.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a ROLLING BASIS.
Deadline to Apply: 5th October 2015

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Research Associate. 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 [email protected]