The Associate Research Manager under the general supervision of the Senior Manager, Policy and Programs and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Malawi policies and procedures, coordinates the facilitation of field activities and functions within IPAM for projects. 


Below is a list of some of the general duties and responsibilities of the Associate Research Manager, to be carried out as needed according to the determination of the Senior Manager, Policy and Programs.

  • Plan and supervise survey implementation, quality assurance, data cleaning, data analysis and other activities related to study implementation.
  • Plan and execute program activities: identify priorities, create timelines, meet with stakeholders, monitor project implementation.
  • Oversee project financial management, including the creation and monitoring of project budgets. Ensure project expenditures are in line with project budgets and donor requirements/restrictions.
  • In collaboration with Senior Manager, Policy and Programs, project PIs, and other relevant staff produce project deliverables, such as reports and financial statements, to be submitted to donors and partners.
  • Coordinate the hiring and train of field staff.
  • Directly supervise project managers.
  • Attend meetings with local government officials and partners as needed to ensure success of project activities.
  • Ensure that all projects and studies comply with relevant IRB, research permit and governmental approval requirements.
  • Oversee the development, improvement, and any necessary modification of electronic data collection instruments and data flow procedures.
  • Manage the relationship with project partners, PIs, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the development and field piloting of survey instruments.
  • Coordinate trainings, policy work, partner engagements, manage other key relationships, and other duties as assigned.
  • Provide mentorship to project staff, including contributing to trainings in coordination with other projects and staff.
  • Support the Malawi Country Office on project development efforts including identification of opportunities, proposal writing, budgeting, PI coordination, and feedback on project design.
  • Maintain compliance with all IPA policies and procedures.
  • Perform related duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Master’s degree in related field, such as development economics, public policy, public health, or education policy
  • Up to two years of research or project management experience
  • Strong budgeting and financial management skills; experience with writing donor reports and grant proposals
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required
  • Experience supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey design and implementation and data management. Background in randomized control trials is strongly preferred
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required; developing country experience required
  • Quantitative skills; working knowledge of Stata. Knowledge of other statistical packages such as SPSS or R are not required, but are a plus
  • An analytical mind, ability to interpret and organize data
  • Resourcefulness in coming up with solutions to new challenges, especially, in software and programming.
  • Commitment to this position for two years
  • Flexible and proactive work ethic with a demonstrated interest in the vision and mission of IPA
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the APPROPRIATE CATEGORY job category, then select “Associate Research Manager”. Applications require you to include a statement of purpose (cover letter) and CV.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

IPA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) 

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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