Research Manager

Research Manager

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IPA Philippines is looking for an experienced Research Manager to oversee the Philippines Socioeconomic Panel Survey (PSPS) and subsequent studies, each with their own budgeting, field work, data collection and analysis. The Research Manager will manage a portfolio of three to five research projects, each of which is staffed with a team of 1 to 3 country office staff and 5-200+ field staff.

The Research Manager will work closely with the various country office teams, lead PIs Dean Karlan and Christopher Udry, as well as the Global Poverty Research Lab at Northwestern University to ensure that the PSPS and all related studies are aligned with IPA best practices. The Research Manager has the opportunity to support the Policy Manager in engaging implementing partners and stakeholders within the Philippine Government and beyond. In addition, the Research Manager will participate in IPA Philippines Senior Management discussions and contribute to the development of new projects, project development, policy outreach, and capacity building.

IPA's compensation structure is designed based on the labor market for the specific geographic location where the employee is located.  We are offering the following salary ranges for this position:
-  Research Manager is classified as "C3" on IPA's global job structure.
-  For Philippines-based employees, the starting annual gross salary is $ 50,000 with a maximum of $55,000.
- The actual base salary may vary based upon but is not limited to, relevant experience, the base salary of internal peers, business sector, and geographic location.

This position is based in Manila, Philippines with frequent travel to Western Visayas.


The Research Manager will:

  • Ensure project adherence to general research design, sample selection, data management and general research protocols, and overall project management timelines;
  • Directly supervise project research staff, and help with transitions, on-boarding of new research staff and maintaining institutional memory of project activities;
  • Keep the Country Director apprised of all developments on the projects within their portfolio, and serve as a key link between the field office, project staff, and Principal Investigators;
  • Lead training on data management and general project management for new/incoming project research staff;
  • Promote inter-project best practices and take a lead in sharing best practices with projects through formal and informal trainings;
  • Work with field office staff to ensure sound human resource and operational management of projects;
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems;
  • Work closely with the Policy Manager to inform policy partnerships and support the project development of new studies when needed
  • Support the dissemination of results via presentations and reports to academic and non-academic audiences
  • Ensure that project deliverables, such as reports and financial statements, are submitted to donors and partners on time
  • Attend regular meetings with local government officials and other partners to ensure success of programmatic activities;


  • Masters in development economics, or a field related to international economic development; 

  • At least five years of relevant experience:

    • Experience conducting social science or economic research; Background in randomized control trials preferred;

    • Experience supervising data collection and teams of field workers, designing surveys and implementing programs; experience in conducting field research in developing countries required. 

    • Extensive experience with data management and econometrics; Advanced knowledge of Stata preferred;

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

  • Strong quantitative, budgeting and financial management skills;

  • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including to non-research focused audiences;

  • Strong written and oral communication skills and fluency in English;

  • Strong project management skills, with ability to multitask and juggle multiple projects at once; 

We are looking for a commitment period of at least two years for this position.

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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.


Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to

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