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Project Associate - Failures in the Market for Local Agricultural Information, Busia, Kenya

Job Position Summary

The project Associate will oversee all aspects of the implementation of the research study. The position offers an exciting opportunity to get involved with cutting-edge economic and development research. The position will be most attractive to those who seek to gain field management experience and exposure to applied development economics research.

Job Responsibilities

  • Developing and piloting survey instruments and;
  • Hiring, training, and managing teams of local enumerators that will conduct data collection
  • Managing and supervising field logistics and ensuring that the project follows the experimental protocol
  • Ensuring all aspects of data quality and assisting in preliminary analysis
  • Managing the budget, including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project funds.

    Job Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's or Master’s degree in economics, public policy or related fields
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills with strong quantitative skills
  • Knowledge of Stata
  • Coursework in empirical methods, including econometrics and economics
  • Previous surveying and/or research experience a strong plus
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player
  • Experience working or living in developing countries
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials

    Job Application Instructions

    For full job description, job application contacts and other requirements - Project Associate - Failures in the Market for Local Agricultural Information, Busia, Kenya

    Application Deadline: December 31, 2013


    Project Associate Jobs in Makueni, Machakos, Embu, & Meru

    Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.

    IPA seeks qualified applicants for the position of Project Associate for the Demand for Aflatoxin-tested Maize in Kenya Project.

    Job Responsibilities

    The Project Associate will work closely with the IPA-Kenya Country Office and the PIs (academic researchers) to perform a variety of tasks including,but not limited to: sophisticated logistic planning, assisting with project design, designing survey questionnaires,conducting focus groups,running pilot exercises, introducing the project to and negotiating with government officials, managing survey teams,checking and analyzing data, cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, financial accounting,HR,and various administrative tasks.

    The Project Associate will be based in a location to be determined in one of Makueni, Machakos, Embu, or Meru County.

    Job Qualifications

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

    Job Application Instructions

    For full job description, job application contacts and other requirements - Project Associate Jobs in Makueni, Machakos, Embu, & Meru


    Project Associate Jobs in Meru Kenya : MAICE-Mitigating Aflatoxin for Improving Child Growth (Kenya)

    Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate "what works" in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.

    Job Responsibilities

    The Project Associate will work closely with the IPA-Kenya Country Office and the PIs (academic researchers) to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Sophisticated logistic planning, hiring and managing survey teams, financial accounting, HR,and various administrative tasks.
  • Implementing project design, and programming survey questionnaires.
  • Running pilot exercises, checking and analyzing data,cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis.
  • Assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, financial accounting.
  • The Project Associate/Project Coordinator will be based in Meru.

    Job Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Experience living in a developing country is a strong plus
  • Previous knowledge of or desire to learn Swahili a plus
  • Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is preferred
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred

    Job Application Instructions

    For full job description, job application contacts and other requirements - Project Associate Jobs in Meru Kenya


    Country Director

    Responsibilities:

    Development of Country Program in line with IPA Global and Kenya strategic plan

  • Ensure the constant development of new research proposals, working with the research management team to oversee technical design contributions as well as identifying and applying for funding support
  • Identify priority research questions and key concerns for policy makers
  • Work with researchers to initiate, manage and contribute towards the development of new research proposals with particular emphasis on tailoring research to the local context and ensure compliance to research design
  • Oversee the work of the research management team in creating and refining project budgets
  • Lead annual review of IPA Kenya’s strategic plan and the creation and successful execution of annual action plans
  • Ensure that the spin-off of Evidence Action is successfully concluded, and that the Country Program is “right sized/shaped” after the transition

    Manage external relations

  • Represent IPA Kenya in national and local government agencies and partner organizations.
  • Develop new relationships in order for the country office to maximize its impact and manage existing relationships with current and potential partner organizations
  • Oversee capacity building of local development partners in evidence-based policy making and rigorous impact evaluations
  • Develop and launch a Policy Manager role to help ensure projects link to strategic research agendas, that focus sectors are mapped, and project policy plans are effectively implemented
  • Oversee targeted dissemination, encourage scale up of successful projects; and
  • Disseminate results via local and international presentations, reports, and publications and encourage/lead scale up activities of successful projects
  • Liaise as needed with US-based and local Principal Investigators, IPA global and other country programs

    Oversee and initiate high-quality research

  • Lead the senior research management team, including Research Managers and a Deputy Country Director, to ensure that projects meet all of IPA research and administrative protocols as well as the quality standards of the independent researchers (Principal Investigators)
  • Oversee project design and budgeting during the proposal stage to ensure evaluations meet IPA standards
  • Working through the research management team, ensure data collection and data entry operations for all studies and overall project management meets IPA’s research protocols
  • Build systems and structures to build staff capacity and ensure overall data quality, expand the capacity of the country office to program and conduct electronic surveys, and work to incorporate best practices and lessons learned in research and operations by other IPA offices and research affiliates Oversee finances and ensure sound operations of the IPA Kenya
  • Working through the research management team, oversee and manage a team of Project Managers, Associates and Coordinators, whose responsibilities include project design and implementation, data collection, data management and analysis, and reports;
  • Oversee and manage human resources, IT, finance and other support staff with Senior Management within IPA country program;
  • Coordinate office and country-wide meetings and trainings;
  • Oversee office administration, including human resources, information technology, project budgets and accounting; and oversee hiring of long-term IPA staff in the country program.
  • Ensure proper compliance with financial procedures, approve expenditures, make accurate projections and ensure overall compliance.
  • Supervise the Director of Financial and Administrative Restructuring to ensure the efficient execution of administrative functions, and the overall organizational and legal compliance of IPA Kenya Mitigate and manage risks
  • Take steps to mitigate risk and to safeguard the organization’s reputation; and
  • Oversee procurement, billing, staff safety and security and ensure organizational legal compliance.

    Qualifications and Experience:

  • Graduate degree in international affairs, international public policy, development economics, or field related to international economic development;
  • A minimum of 5 years of management experience;
  • Experience developing new projects and knowledge of human resource and financial management;
  • Experience with budgeting and project planning;
  • Passion for connecting rigorous research to policy makers and practitioners and communicating what works and what does not work in development;
  • Ability to lead a large and complex country program and oversee rigorous impact evaluations;
  • Commitment to leading a diverse team and building staff capacity;
  • Ability to communicate effectively across cultures with multiple stakeholders including international and local academic researchers, government officials, NGO partners, enumeration teams, and study participants;
  • Significant working experience in Africa is required - experience in Kenya and knowledge of Swahili preferred.
  • Experience managing funds from multiple donors required; specific experience with USAID Cooperative Agreements preferred;
  • Excellent management and organizational skills and ability to work independently;
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player;
  • Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with randomized controlled trials; and
  • High proficiency in English; strong oral and written communication skills.

    How to apply:

    Application Instructions: Please follow the application instructions below. Any applications or CVs submitted outside this process will not be considered.

    Note, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

    Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 1) Send an email to jobs [at] poverty-action.org, following these instructions exactly:

  • In the subject line: Copy exactly the following position line:101082IPAKenya, Country Director
  • In the email body: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name
  • Attachments: Please attach ONLY your cover letter and resume Please do not include any text besides your name in the body of the e-mail.

    Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application.

    IPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer All persons shall have the opportunity to be considered for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, alienage or citizenship status, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

    IPA will endeavour 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 [at] poverty-action.org.

    DISCLAIMER:The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the Country Director.

    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 [at] poverty-action.org.

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