Innovations for Poverty Research Associate - Farmer Herder Conflict Jobs in Nigeria

Innovations for Poverty Research Associate - Farmer Herder Conflict Jobs in Nigeria

  • Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Nigeria seeks a Research Associate (RA) to manage a study that investigates whether inter-dialogues can help resolve the endemic farmer-herder conflicts in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. The study will be implemented in Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa. The Principal Investigators are based at the University of Chicago: Oeindrila Dube, Soeren Henn and James Robinson.

  • The RA will work closely with the Research Coordinator, Principal Investigators, and other IPA country office staff to oversee all aspects of the research study. The position will be based in Abuja, with frequent travel to communities included in the study (Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa).

  • This project provides an excellent opportunity to gain extensive hands-on experience in a field setting and to have significant management responsibility in a vibrant organization undertaking cutting-edge development research.

  • Key areas of involvement will include: questionnaire design, enumerator recruitment, training and supervising logistics for the field activities, cleaning and analyzing survey data, assisting in the writing of project reports and policy memos, and liaising with key government and nongovernmental stakeholders. The work will develop your analytical and management skills and require your full commitment in a challenging environment.


    Throughout the life of the project, the RA will be expected to carry out the following activities:

  • Coordinate research and implementation efforts with all relevant stakeholders.

  • Develop and pilot the survey instruments, including programming digital data collection, managing translations and back-translation of the survey into applicable local languages.

  • Hire, train and manage field teams that will conduct the data collections.

  • Manage all field logistics, procure products, and get approval from local authorities.

  • Ensure all data quality protocols are followed including auditing enumerators and performing daily checks of the incoming data; correct the errors of staff iteratively to ensure the data is of the highest quality.

  • Manage the data from collection at the
    household level to delivery of a final, cleaned dataset.

  • Manage the budget including tracking all expenses to ensure costs are within project funds.

  • Manage the project budget and field expenses


  • A degree (Master’s preferred) in economics, public policy, international development, health or related fields.

  • Excellent project management skills and attention to detail, with a quality-focused mindset.

  • Experience interacting with partners, government officials and other key stakeholders.

  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, and enlist support when needed.

  • Strong qualitative skills and very good knowledge of Stata.

  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

  • Experience working in Nigeria or the West African context.

  • Knowledge of randomized controlled trials and econometrics.

  • Knowledge of measurement and instrument development.

  • Experience supervising data collection and teams of field workers.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Innovations for Poverty Research Associate - Farmer Herder Conflict Jobs in Nigeria

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