Innovations for Poverty Action Research Coordinator - Hungry Seasons Jobs in Zambia

Innovations for Poverty Action Research Coordinator - Hungry Seasons Jobs in Zambia

Project Description

  • The project aims to test whether a simple, low-cost planning intervention helps farming households save more of their harvest for the lean season later in the year.

  • Through a randomized controlled trial, households will be selected to participate in the planning intervention and follow-up surveys to measure the intervention’s impact on household consumption levels, child health and development indicators, and farm investment and output.

  • The project is funded by USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures and the UC Davis Feed the Future Innovation Lab Markets, Risk and Resilience Program.

  • It has received prior funding from the International Growth Center, National Science Foundation and the Weiss Family Foundation.

  • The Research Coordinator will oversee and coordinate the field research activities in Eastern Province, Zambia.

  • In coordination with the project team, this person will manage a team of local survey enumerators and project staff; support project roll-out, survey administration and data collection as well as the adaptation and scaling up of the intervention to other parts of Zambia.

  • The Research Coordinator will be supported by a Research Assistant who will assist with day-to-day coordination of project activities.

  • They will interact with local policy partners within Zambian government ministries, agricultural extension training organizations, local NGOs providing services to farming households, the USAID Mission in Zambia, and beyond.

  • This position is based in Lusaka, Zambia with frequent travel to Eastern Province project sites.

  • This is a challenging opportunity for an early-career
    professional who is passionate about global development and social science research; has a strong desire to expand and deepen skills in project planning and policy partnership development; and can effectively support project scale-up in a dynamic context.


  • Hire, train, and manage a team of local survey enumerators and other project staff, including at least one Research Assistant;

  • Interact with policy partners including the Zambian government, NGOs, other parties involved in service provision for farming households, USAID Mission in Zambia;

  • Support adapting and scaling the intervention in different settings effectively;

  • Manage project workflows and timelines;
    Manage all aspects of project implementation in Zambia;

  • Work closely with PIs and partners to track project progress and troubleshoot challenges that arise;

  • Liaise closely with partners to ensure smooth program roll-out;

  • Support the development of sampling plans and a field management plan for conducting surveys;

  • Ensure quality control for data collection and data management activities;

  • Conduct data analysis and contribute to written project material.


  • Bachelor’s in Economics, Public Policy, Development Studies or related program;

  • Experience with research fieldwork;

  • Experience with project management;

  • Experience with data analysis using Stata or R;

  • Ability to work independently and manage complex and competing priorities;

  • Strong written and oral communication skills;

  • Must be willing to reside in Zambia;

  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred;

  • Experience living and working in developing countries preferred.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Innovations for Poverty Action Research Coordinator - Hungry Seasons Jobs in Zambia

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