Trade Mark East Africa Manager - IMPACT and Research Jobs in Kenya

Trade Mark East Africa Manager - IMPACT and Research Jobs in Kenya

Job summary

The job holder will lead and/or coordinate activities related to TMEA’s research agenda, including managing the IMPACT model, overseeing and supporting project teams on data collection and research activities, managing and working with consultants and research partners, overseeing
policy and scientific convenings, data and research coordination, and dissemination.

In coordination with Results, Communications and Sustainable and Inclusive Trade teams, as well as with TMEA Programme teams, s/he will perform advanced and high-quality data analysis to
produce policy briefs while establishing effective administrative, research management, and
dissemination systems to meet TMEA research agenda.

This is a challenging opportunity for
candidates who are passionate about international trade and development as well as rigorous
applied research and impact evaluations and have interests in policy and research related to the
international trade, trade facilitation, and the economics of poverty.

Roles and responsibilities

Modelling

  • With direct supervision of the IMPACT and Research Director, manage and run the IMPACT
    Model to produce various reports that assess the anticipated impacts from TMEA’s strategy 2
    programme portfolio;
  • Liaise with the Manager, Organisational Performance to manage and update the cost benefit
    analysis (CBA) tool in the IMPACT model for new and existing projects and review CBA
    projections based on updated assumptions, performance information and amended targets;
  • Working closely with regional and country teams as well as TMEA’s research partners, obtain
    and update IMPACT model and data requirements ensuring accuracy and reliability of results
    reported by TMEA;
  • With the guidance from the IMPACT and Research Director, arrange and oversee the peer
    review of the IMPACT model.

    Job Description

    Learning and Sharing

  • Maintain the organisational system for data management and impact assessment and use
    quantitative/qualitative tools, e.g. IMPACT model and results framework to inform strategy;
  • Working closely with the communications team, create and manage research dissemination
    efforts across TMEA, for example by synthesizing and translating key research findings for
    stakeholders through the TMEA website, articles, white papers, blogs, and other channels;
  • Create and manage shared information resources for TMEA’s research agenda, including data
    repositories and literature reviews;
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of TMEA-related policy and research conferences,
    workshops, and technical meetings;
  • Work closely with the Manager, Knowledge Management, to arrange and liaise with other
    TMEA colleagues to implement a regular programme for formal and informal research and
    knowledge sharing within and outside of TMEA including topical seminars and talks on
    research findings among others.

    Management

  • Support the IMPACT and Research Director in managing the IMPACT and Research budget.
  • Manage framework contracts for research consultants, including developing terms of
    references, managing consultants and reviewing deliverables;
  • Manage the production and dissemination of research and knowledge materials including
    flagship publications, policy and research studies, economic research papers and policy briefs;
  • Assist in facilitating the cultivation of new and existing research partners; help in conducting
    outreach to policy-makers, implementing organizations, and other stakeholders; and
  • Work closely with colleagues to establish and entrench a research culture within TMEA and
    enhance the ability of staff to increase their uptake of evidence-based research for decision
    making and for developing and implementing their core project activities.

    Corporate Level Responsibilities

  • Ensure compliance with PCM guidelines throughout the project design and implementation
    cycle, including reporting and closure;
  • Ensure compliance with grant management procedures and guidelines including appraisal,
    selection, implementation, reporting and closure;
  • Apply the highest standards of controls and risk management practices and behaviours and
    embed a positive risk and control culture;
  • Demonstrate prudence, sound judgement and appropriate and timely escalations in
    management of all types of risk (including fraud risk) applicable to my role;
  • Understand and comply with the relevant end-to-end processes including applicable
    risks and
    controls;
  • Seek to identify, understand and escalate risk events/incidents/ issues on a timely basis
    focusing on fixing root-causes and taking ownership of identified mitigating actions;
  • Complete all relevant mandatory trainings within the stipulated timelines;
  • Participate in regular informal and formal reflection, knowledge sharing and learning events;
  • Document lessons learned and best practices for knowledge sharing and learning; and
  • Promote and adhere to TMEA’s core values and ensure compliance with organisational
    policies and procedures.
  • Maintain zero tolerance to bribery, fraud and corruption, and ensure the immediate reporting
    of any corruption or suspect behaviour that threatens TMEA’s reputation.
  • Adhere to the safeguarding policies and procedures and immediately report any safeguarding
    concerns.
  • Any other related responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager from time to time.

    Academic and professional qualifications

    Required qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree or post-graduate degree in a quantitative discipline, including
    Economics, Public Policy, International development, Political Science, with a bias in
    International Trade, Trade Policy and Economic Development;
  • Solid understanding of international development, theoretical and empirical economics of international trade, trade policy and facilitation and impact evaluation methodologies
  • Strong applied micro-econometrics and data analysis skills.

    Work experience
  • For postgraduate degree holders, five years relevant experience and for undergraduate
    degree holders, seven years relevant experience in an academic, non-profit, or social
    enterprise setting;
  • At least 3 years’ experience as data analyst in social science disciplines;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse teams and effectively communicate complex
    information;
  • Demonstratable advanced competency with MS Office (including solid understanding of Excel)
    and proficiency in GIS applications (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS with some basic python coding skills),
    STATA, and R statistical software;
  • Proficiency and experience in using computer assisted personal interviews (CAPI) especially
    CSPro, Survey Solutions software and Open Data Kit (ODK);
  • Familiar with and understands Big Data Analytics and the use of Machine Learning and
    Artificial Intelligence tools for data analysis;
  • Experience in writing analytical research papers, policy briefs and blogs, and experience in
    interacting with donors; and
  • Experience coordinating empirical research projects in a developing country, such as
    overseeing field data collection and analysis.

    Additional skills
  • Commitment to driving scientific, evidence-based policy insights;
  • Exceptional communicator, both verbally and in writing;
  • Well-organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail;
  • Chief Results Officer
  • Director, IMPACT and Research
  • Manager, IMPACT and Research
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently,
    multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Strong skills in short-term and long-range planning, analysis, problem-anticipation and -
    solving; ability to independently investigate solutions to challenges and anticipate leadership
    needs;
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality;
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with people from different backgrounds;
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to change;
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workloads while maintaining the required standards;
  • Sense of humour with a positive attitude and initiative in approaching challenges and
    uncertainty; and
  • Good understanding of the East Africa trade and policy environment and context.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 12th April 2019,
  • For more information and job application details, see; Trade Mark East Africa Manager - IMPACT and Research Jobs in Kenya

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