Senior Research Associate

Senior Research Associate

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The Senior Research Associate(SRA) will have an exciting opportunity to participate in design and implementation of multiple process evaluations to drive program improvements through testing innovative interventions  on the best ways to implement teacher performance contracts that align with learning outcomes, to generate evidence of the value of taking these to scale.

This role administratively reports internally to IPA Rwanda’s Research and Policy Manager  and will receive day-to-day technical oversight from partners at Georgetown University, including a Primary Investigator. The SRA will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: designing survey questionnaires, managing survey teams, conducting quantitative and qualitative research, cleaning data and assisting in preliminary analysis, assisting in the writing of project reports and action-oriented presentations to partners, and coordinating with key government and NGO partners.


In details, the Senior Research Associate will be responsible of the following:

  • Liaise with Principal Investigators and Research Manager in the design of survey questionnaires
  • Work with the data manager and principal Investigator to program survey tools using SurveyCTO, high-frequency checks and data flows
  • Develop data collection protocols and data quality assurance protocol
  • Develop a data collection plan (procurement, logistics and route plan) that ensures adherence to data collection budget
  • Manage the project budget, tracking expenses and adhering to the project budget,
  • Supervise training of team leaders, auditors and surveyors
  • Conduct daily data quality checks
  • Ensure implementation of survey spot checks and back-checks
  • Compile clean databases
  • Assist the PI team in data analysis as requested
  • Assisting in managing relationships with donors, partner organizations and researchers
  • Produce technical reports for donor and/or other stakeholders (e.g. fieldwork reports)
  • Keep the Research and Policy Manager and the PI team appraised of all project activities
  • Training and managing a survey team that conduct surveys among study unit.
  • Writing regular progress reports,
  • SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Designated Project Field Managers, and overall oversight of the Field Officers


Education and/or Work Experience Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural or Educational economics, social sciences, public policy, statistics or related fields, Master’s degrees are preferred.
  • Experience conducting social science or economic field research. Background in randomized control trials is strongly preferred
  • Experience supervising data collection and teams of field workers, designing surveys and implementing programs strongly preferred
  • Experience with data management and econometrics. Strong quantitative skills and advanced knowledge of Stata strongly preferred
  • Experience with electronic data collection platforms. Knowledge of SurveyCTO a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations.  
  • Experience working with government officials, especially in Rwanda is also a plus.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Flexibility, self-motivation, the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently as a team player
  • Ability to work a culturally diverse team and maintain high professional standards
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English and Kinyarwanda is required


  • Experience living in a developing country is a strong plus.
  • Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software.
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials.

Application Instructions

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the APPROPRIATE CATEGORY job category, then select “Senior Research Associate”. 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.


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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