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Senior Associate, Research and Analysis, No Lean Season
Beta – Nairobi, Kenya
Who We Are
Evidence Action aims to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty for hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places. Our two flagship at-scale programs, Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water, reached over 200 million people this year. Three of our programs – Deworm the World, No Lean Season, and Dispensers for Safe Water – have been named “Top” or “Standout” charities by GiveWell in 2017, with Deworm the World being named a Top Charity for the 5th year in a row.
In addition to running these scaled programs, Evidence Action also leverages its Beta function to explore what interventions with initial evidence of impact might be suitable for massive scale up to become our next flagship programs. Similar to beta testing for software, we pressure-test interventions to ensure that they deliver cost-effective impact at scale without unintended consequences. To effectively scale interventions that pass our pressure-testing, Beta seeks to understand the mechanisms at work behind compelling results, runs fit-for-purpose experiments to find appropriate models for scaling, and builds service delivery and financing models suitable for the contexts where there is demand.
Evidence Action has a presence across 10 countries, with major offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Delhi, India; and Washington, D.C.
What We’re Looking For
Evidence Action seeks a highly motivated Senior Associate, Research and Analysis to provide data management and analysis capacity to meet the growing demands of the No Lean Season Program. S/he will also assist in developing and updating program monitoring framework. This role requires systematic documentation of the analytical efforts used to reach evidence-based recommendations. The Senior Associate will contribute to developing appropriate measurement, sampling, and survey strategies used to gather quantitative and qualitative data. Last, the Senior Associate may support pressure testing new program designs as well as scoping activities for new geographies, depending on the candidate’s skillset.
No Lean Season is a late-stage pilot program being incubated within the organization’s Beta function. The program was recently recognized by GiveWell as a “Top Charity” for its exceptional cost-effectiveness relative to other interventions in global development. The groundbreaking research behind No Lean Season has pointed towards an incredible opportunity to positively and substantially improve the lives of millions of poor, rural families, making this program one of the most promising interventions to emerge from the field of randomized evaluations in the development sector in recent years. No Lean Season provides a small travel subsidy to poor, rural households so they can send a family member to a nearby city or town to find a temporary job during the period between planting and harvesting, known as the “lean season.” This is the time in many rural areas when jobs are scarce, food is expensive, and people are likely to miss meals. In studies, the induced migration resulted in significant improvements in household welfare (including consumption and nutrition) during the lean season. Evidence Action Beta, the organization’s incubator in which No Lean Season is in the late stages, is now investigating several critical questions — local price effects, impacts on household well-being, and impacts on non-participating households — to pressure-test the hypothesis that this is a cost-effective means of providing seasonal income support in Bangladesh and elsewhere.
A rigorous evidence base is an essential foundation for Evidence Action programs. To this end, this Senior Associate will support the critical day-to-day data management and analysis needs of No Lean Season and will serve a crucial role in analyzing implementation processes and program performance. This role reports to the Senior Manager, Monitoring, Learning, and Research for the No Lean Season program, who is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and this role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. The ideal candidate will:
- Be excited and passionate about engaging in an environment focused on the twin goals of “Evidence” and “Action,” contributing his/her relative strengths in “Evidence” to furthering the objective of testing and scaling evidence-based interventions;
- Have strong critical and analytical thinking skills, with a outstanding attention to detail;
- Be motivated and take initiative to manage multiple demanding requests while adhering to program deadlines and priorities;
- Be quick to learn, motivated to self-teach, and capable of independently translating new knowledge into practice;
- Be comfortable and effective at engaging with colleagues in the field every day; and
- Thrive in a collaborative, cross-functional teams.
The Senior Associate, Research and Analysis will ensure quality data management and analysis for No Lean Season in Bangladesh as well as other No Lean Season geographies, as needed. In addition, the Senior Associate will be responsible for developing visualizations and dashboards on Tableau and will support further research and analysis for the No Lean Season learning agenda, including, but not limited to, designing surveys, contributing to monitoring and research designs, and conducting desk research.
The three primary areas of responsibility include:
1) Data Management
- Develop and implement procedures for data management and quality assurance both on CommCare and offline, including: regular downloads of all program data, automated quality-checks of primary data, storage and transfer of data, and manual data cleaning conducted on CommCare.
- Liaise with the program teams to ensure that activities performed in the field are consistent with the data, and communicate regularly to ensure all corrections/updates from the field are accurately captured both in CommCare and data stored offline.
- Highlight recurring data quality issues with the program team and provide recommendations for course correction or re-training when necessary.
- Document all data management procedures and lessons learned to increase the quality and reliability of data collection for future years and for other geographies.
- Update and maintain data collection forms and surveys for the program, and develop new administrative data collection forms and surveys as needed.
- Support all data requests from the No Lean Season program team as needed.
2) Data Analysis and Visualization
- Conduct data analysis on key program performance indicators to inform programmatic decision-making.
- Maintain and update programmatic Tableau dashboards regularly based on discussions with your supervisor and the No Lean Season program team.
- Communicate weekly with the field teams to ensure appropriate interpretation of all dashboards, and analysis contained within these dashboards.
- Conduct statistical analysis using STATA or R, including: identifying and producing well-designed regressions, correlations, conditional means, and other statistical measurements to accurately express results of program data.
- Maintain proper documentation of all analysis for ease of replication, and explain methodology used in analysis.
3) Program Improvement and Learning
- Collect, categorize, document, and analyze secondary data to support or revise the No Lean Season theory of change.
- Contribute to ongoing iteration of the No Lean Season monitoring framework in Bangladesh, and support the development of future frameworks.
- Contribute to experimental and non-experimental research design and data collection.
- Support the development and maintenance of cost and impact models for key program decisions and metrics.
- Conduct background research and literature reviews to aid in expansion decisions, and programmatic improvements.
- Contribute to writing policy briefs, reports, blog posts, academic articles, and grant proposals and reports.
Evidence Action places strong value on relevant personal qualities: innovation, responsibility, tenacity, motivation, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with the ability to take the initiative when asked, to work effectively in a high-pressure environment, and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously..
- Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, or related field.
- A minimum of 2 years’ work experience in a highly analytical and quantitative role.
- Working knowledge of and substantial experience using STATA or R.
- Proven data management and statistical analysis skills.
- Prior experience in managing data collection.
- Excellent communication skills in English (both spoken and written).
- Adaptable, self-motivated, inquisitive, and a team player who is interested in being part of a fast-paced, growing and diverse team with a start-up atmosphere.
- Ability to travel up to 20%
- Master’s degree in economics, statistics, public policy, or related field.
- Prior working experience in a developing country.
- Experience with CommCare and other digital data collection platforms
- Experience in working with data visualization tools, such as Tableau, Power BI, or Shiny.
Evidence Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.