Research Manager

Research Manager

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Thank you for your interest in this position. Please note this position is contingent on receiving donor funding with an anticipated start date of May 1st.

Position Summary

IPA Sierra Leone is seeking a Research Manager to help lead its provision of technical assistance and implementation management for the scale-up of the social incentives for child immunization (SICI) program in Sierra Leone. This is an exciting opportunity to drive effective health policy in Sierra Leone, through evidence-based support to local and national policymakers. The Research Manager's central focus will be to help oversee the implementation of the SICI scaling project, including two embedded RCTS, process evaluation, and technical assistance the Government of Sierra Leone, in coordination with Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, Dr. Anne Karing, internal researcher at IPA, Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick Dr. Mattie Toma Dr. Shana Warren, and the project team at IPA's Freetown office, which includes a full-time Research Associate, two Field Managers, and a Senior Policy Associate.  

The Research Manager must possess the technical skills to ensure the highest quality and rigor in the design and implementation of our research, the communication skills (written and verbal presentation) to maintain strong connections with our clients and partners (present and potential), and the managerial skills to efficiently and effectively manage complex workflows, staff teams, and project finances (i.e. budgets, grants).


This position is ideal for a bright, go-getter, energetic self-starter, who has previous research experience implementing RCTs and a strong understanding of economics, data management, and analysis. The  Research Manager will work closely with and be mentored by the Country Director on a range of topics, including stakeholder management, grant/financial oversight, and staff development. Specific responsibilities include some of the following:

  • Directly supervise, coach, and mentor 2-3 project research staff (Research Associates and Field Managers) in implementing the SICI project with an expectation for their professional development
  • Drive multiple streams of work (RCTs, process evaluation, program implementation, scale planning) forward towards a common goal of evidence-based health policy in Sierra Leone, ensuring work streams are well-coordinated and timely, and that IPA delivers on our strategies, activities, and outputs;
  • Support with transitions, onboarding of new research staff, and maintaining “institutional memory” of project activities.
  • Manage close relationships with investigators in multiple research institutions, funders, and implementing partners to ensure successful project execution 
  • Supervise the research project team to code high-quality technical deliverables, such as complex digital surveys, data flow, and data quality control systems, advanced statistical analysis, and technical reports
  • Plan and supervise survey implementation, data quality assurance, data cleaning, data analysis, and other activities related to rigorous impact evaluation implementation
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems
  • Maintain compliance with IPA and donor policies and procedures as well as the country law
  • 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 training opportunities
  • Be the point of contact for data management and analysis support for project staff by serving as the link between projects and IPA headquarters
  • Attend meetings with local government officials and partners to ensure success of both project-specific and key IPA programmatic activities
  • When requested, support the dissemination of results via presentations and reports to academic and non-academic audiences
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor



  • Master’s Degree in a quantitative social science, such as economics, statistics, or public policy
  • 3 years of relevant work experience in research, international development, and project management
  • Experience supervising large data collection research projects, including leading survey design, implementation, and data management
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, detail-oriented, and ability to work independently and be supervised remotely 
  • Demonstrated in-depth technical knowledge of RCTs, research and economic concepts, and quantitative analysis are required
  • Superior knowledge of STATA and digital data collection platforms (preference for Open Data Kit, Survey CTO) is required (Stata proficiency of short-listed applicants will be tested)
  • Experience working in a developing country is required; experience working in Africa is strongly preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English are required
  • Ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner, both written and oral, including experience in effectively communicating with internal and external partners
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required
  • Interest in contributing to the improvement of existing organizational and operational systems, as well as team technical capacity building
  • Detail-oriented, flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and under pressure, team player


  • Prior experience working with IPA or with affiliated organizations
  • Prior experience working with academic researchers in the fields of economics or quantitative political science
  • Prior experience supervising staff (beyond temporary survey team); experience nurturing and growing staff for new roles in an organization
  • Prior experience in business development 
  • Prior experience in evaluation design and implementation 
  • Prior experience supporting public sector implementation of new policy

Reports to

Country Director

Anticipated Desired Start Date

May 1, 2024


Sierra Leone

Application Instructions

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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 830 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

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