Innovations for Poverty Research Coordinator Jobs in Zambia

Innovations for Poverty Research Coordinator Jobs in Zambia

  • Innovations for Poverty Action seeks a Research Coordinator for the Zambia country office. The Research Coordinator will oversee a portfolio of research projects and should be a highly motivated and qualified individual with strong project management, data management and analysis, people management and communication skills. This portfolio will cover various sectors, including education, health, financial inclusion and agriculture.

  • The Research Coordinator position is a unique opportunity to provide strong leadership and act as a critical bridge between leading academic researchers, policymakers, and staff implementing research on the ground.

  • He/she will join the dynamic and committed IPA Zambia team and contribute to the successful implementation of research projects, development of new projects and capacity building of team members. The Research Manager is also expected to work closely with the Country Director to support office operations relevant to their projects. Developing and fostering good relationships with local stakeholders and implementing partners, such as the Ministries of Health, Education and Agriculture, Financial Sector Deepening, Zambia, is another core element of the Research Coordinator role.

  • IPA is looking for someone who can smoothly interact with leading researchers and development partners, enjoys managing and improving internal processes, and has a team-oriented mindset. We are looking for a minimum commitment period of two years for this position with a possibility for a longer-term position for exceptional candidates.

  • The Research Coordinator (RC) will be responsible for the overall management of a portfolio of 3-4 research projects, most of which will be in the education, health, financial inclusion or agriculture sectors. Each of these projects is expected to be staffed with a permanent team of 1 to 3 staff and up to 20-50 short term staff during survey periods.


    In particular, the Research Coordinator (RC) will:

  • Recruit, onboard and directly supervise research staff such as Research Associates and Field Managers and manage transitions in order to maintain institutional memory of project activities.

  • Coach, manage and support a team of Research Associates, Field Managers, and other research staff in the implementation of impact evaluations around the country.

  • Ensure research projects adherence to general research design, sample selection, data management and general research protocols, and overall project management timelines.

  • Manage relationships with investigators in multiple research institutions,
    funders and implementing partners to ensure successful projects.

  • Plan and supervise survey implementation, quality assurance, data cleaning, data analysis and other activities related to rigorous impact evaluation implementation.

  • Oversee the quality of client and partner deliverables

  • Develop and manage project budgets to ensure expenditures are always within budgeted amounts.

  • Produce reports for donors, researchers and other stakeholders.

  • Maintain compliance with IPA’s policies and procedures as well as the Zambian law.

  • Keep the Country Representative apprised of all developments on the projects within their portfolio and serve as a key link between the country office, project staff, and Principal Investigators.

  • Support the development of new projects in Zambia by establishing relationships with researchers, implementers and funders, and developing opportunities and proposals.

  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor


  • Master’s in development economics, or a field related to international economic development or public policy;

  • At least two years of relevant experience;

  • Experience conducting social science or economic field research; experience in conducting field research in developing countries required. Background in randomized control trials is a plus;

  • Experience supervising data collection and teams of field workers, designing and implementing surveys;

  • Experience with data analysis and interpretation;

  • Experience with Stata required. Advanced knowledge of Stata, R or Python is highly preferred;

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

  • Strong critical thinking and judgment to quickly identify problems and devise solutions as well as escalate matters as needed;

  • Strong quantitative, budgeting, and financial management skills required;

  • Ability to present research findings, including to non-research focused audiences;

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required; and

  • Passion for making data-driven decisions a reality in the development sector.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Innovations for Poverty Research Coordinator Jobs in Zambia

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