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Research manager - Nigeria

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Research Manager for a project entitled "Strengthening the Midwife Service Scheme with Community Focused Interventions: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Field Trial in Nigeria".

The project will evaluate several community-based interventions designed to decrease maternal mortality in rural communities in northern Nigeria (Jigawa state).

Research managers work closely with academic researchers and other field staff to perform a variety tasks including, but not limited to, the following:

Program development

  • Working in conjunction with PPFN staff to develop protocols for the interventions that will be implemented, including a community health worker program and a community media program.
  • Working with PPFN staff to develop training materials and scripts to be use during the training and implementation of the community health worker program.
  • Assisting in liasing with local community levels to recruit community health workers and build support for the program.

    Communication activities

  • Maintaining regular communication between PIs and program development team.
  • Meeting potential donors and current donors during their visits to Nigeria.
  • Participating in meetings with Ministry of Health and any other government officials and other Abuja-based NGOs together with PPFN staff.

    Data collection

  • Assist in the piloting of data collection methods.
  • Assist in the training of enumerators and the establishment of the regional offices that will supervise ongoing data collection .


  • Assisting in development of databases and software for data collection.
  • Assisting in cleaning and tabulation of data collected in the field.

    Desired Qualifications and Experience

  • Master's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, public health, or related fields.
  • Experience managing program implementation or field research in health or development economics in a developing country.
  • 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, and team player
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
  • Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is preferred.
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria or West Africa preferred.

    We are looking for a commitment period of one year.

    How to apply:

    If you are interested, please do two things:

    1. Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application indicating that you are interested in applying for a "Type 1" position. Please note: you are not required to include transcripts or letters of recommendation upon initial submission. After submitting, you can edit your application at any time and may add these materials, if requested.

    2. Send an email to jpaljobs [at] gmail.com , following these instructions exactly:

  • In the subject line: Put your full name, first (given) name followed by last (family) name.
  • Attachments: Please attach ONLY your CV.
  • In the email body: Copy exactly the following position line: 100287 JPALNigeria, Research Manager, Strengthening the Midwife Service Scheme.

    Please do not include any text besides the position line(s) in the body of the e-mail. Adding extra text will interfere with the processing of your application.

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