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1. Innovations for Poverty Action Deputy Country Director Jobs in Kenya

IPA seeks a Deputy Country Director (DCD) based in Nairobi, Kenya to support the Kenya country program. This position provides a unique opportunity to gain high-level management experience in a large country program in a phase of growth in size and visibility, and to be closely involved in policy-relevant research, working with top academics, donors, government and other practitioners to foster evidence based-policy making.

As a member of the IPA Kenya management team, the Deputy Country Director will work closely with the Country Director to provide strategic direction, operational support, research oversight and capacity building to a team of over 600 full-time local and international staff. The DCD will oversee several impact evaluations which are expected to span across multiple sectors over time: health, education, financial inclusion and agriculture.

He/she will contribute to IPA's continued expansion by initiating new partnerships and projects in the country, and will support the dissemination of results to local practitioners and policy makers.

As Deputy Country Director, your responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Research Oversight and Project Backstopping (45%)
In close collaboration with the rest of the research management team, you will ensure that high-quality research support and oversight is provided to all projects by:
  • Leading office and country-wide meetings and trainings
  • Creating systems and structures to build staff capacity and ensure overall data quality
  • Liaising with academic researchers and on-the-ground research teams to ensure that the research teams adhere to study design and research protocols
  • Working to incorporate best practices and lessons learned in research and operations by other IPA offices and research affiliates across all projects

    Directly oversee two or three projects1 :
  • Provide day-to-day technical support and guidance to research project staff to ensure work plans and timelines are met and data quality is high
  • Oversee data collection and data entry operations and ensure that projects meet IPA’s research protocols and standards
  • Oversee the production of quality technical reports, outputs and analysis, project briefs, surveys, and communication materials
  • Ensure consistent and regular researcher updates, partner liaising and updates
  • Support project teams to ensure that all IRB rules and regulations are met
  • Liaise with academic researchers and on the ground research teams to ensure that the research teams adhere to the study design and research protocols

    General Management
  • Safety and security, legal compliance
  • Relationship with and submissions to National IRB Board Other permitting needs that might arise
  • Work with administrative/policy staff to ensure that internal communication mechanisms are running efficiently, including google groups and the monthly e-newsletter. Facilitate office communication and promote IPA knowledge management tools
  • Work with the CD to set a vision and strategic plan for the country program
  • Fill in for CD as needed as senior-most representative of the Kenya Country Program
  • Provide support to CD in ensuring the overall organizational and legal compliance of IPA Kenya

    New Project Development and Partner Outreach (20%)

    Support CD as needed to:
  • Conduct field and background research for new projects
  • Conduct partner outreach including meetings with interested organization and review of new project ideas
  • Create and refine budgets for new projects in consultation with research management team
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with academic researchers in order to develop new studies and assist in developing a feasible research design
  • Assist with grant applications and creating project budgets for new and ongoing projects
  • Disseminate research findings to national stakeholders
  • Represent IPA in Kenya to national and local government agencies and partner organizations
  • Manage relationships with current and potential IPA Kenya partner organizations
  • Participate in capacity building of local development partners in evidence-based policy making and rigorous impact evaluations

  • Master's degree in international affairs, international public policy, development economics, project management or field related to social science and economics research or international development
  • Proven experience at a senior level, managing and implementing programmes, ideally in an international setting. A minimum of 5 years is desirable
  • Strong technical research skills, scientific background particularly with experience of analyzing data would be desirable.
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred
  • Experience with financial and operations management
  • Strong leadership skills with proven history of managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, design, planning and monitoring.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across cultures with multiple stakeholders including international and local academic researchers, government officials, NGO partners, enumeration teams
  • Sound levels of finance management and reporting to donors and finances under deadlines.
  • Excellent organization and multitasking skills, ability to work under pressure
  • Experience living and working in a developing country
  • Commitment to leading a diverse team and building staff capacity
  • Passion for connecting rigorous research to policy makers and practitioners
  • Innate curiosity, analytic reasoning, and a sense of humor are required
  • Demonstrate experience developing medium/long term program strategies and managing partnerships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong facilitation, coordination, networking and negotiation skills.
  • Proven writing and delivery of grant reports, proposals and communication in a timely manner and to a high quality.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.

    For more information and job application details, see; Innovations for Poverty Action Deputy Country Director Jobs in Kenya .

    2. Innovations for Poverty Action Interim HR Associate Vacancy in Nairobi Kenya

    Reporting To: Human Resource Manager

    Start Date: ASAP

    Duration: 3 Months

    Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only

    About the Role:] The Interim Human Resource Associate under the general supervision of the Human Resource Manager and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya policies and procedures, helps coordinate and facilitate the Human Resource Department activities, functions and processes.

    Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ensure adherence and compliance to the organization HR policies and procedures and also interpretation of current policies to both new and existing staff;
  • Assisting the Human Resources Manager and senior managers carry out delegated tasks;
  • Coordinate and consult with HRM/Senior Management on any disciplinary cases and performance issues;
  • Facilitate the training and staff development programs;
  • Update all current forms and HR related documents that are outdated with liaison of the HRM;
  • Work closely with the rest of the HR team in all other general HR duties not limited to:
  • Recruitment and onboarding
  • Processing of monthly staff payroll details and making all the appropriate deductions
  • Creating and updating staff details on replicon system and general leave management
  • Staff clearance and exit
  • Contract Management
  • Staff Database management
  • Employee Relations.

    Skills and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with Higher
  • Diploma in Human Resources Management;
    Member of IHRM;
  • At least 3 years’ solid generalist experience in a busy Human Resources Department most preferably in a non-profit or non-governmental organization;
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience working with any payroll system;
  • Substantial knowledge of Kenyan employment law/labor laws;
  • In-depth understanding of HR ethics, including professionalism and confidentiality;
  • Flexibility and the ability to multi-task, with a willingness to assume a range of unanticipated assignments;
  • Sound leadership skills;
  • Proactive with excellent anticipatory skills;
  • Effective analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.

    How To apply:
    For more information and job application details, see; Innovations for Poverty Action Interim HR Associate Vacancy in Nairobi Kenya

    Please do not apply if unavailable immediately.

    Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Interim HR Associate-Field Office Kenya. 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.

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