Research Coordinator


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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) IPA seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual with strong project management, data analysis, staff coaching skills as a Research Coordinator to oversee a portfolio research projects in Tanzania. This portfolio will cover various sectors and provides an opportunity to act as a critical bridge between leading academic researchers, policymakers, and staff implementing research on the ground. He/she will join the dynamic and committed IPA-Malawi team and contribute to the successful implementation of research projects, development of new projects and capacity building of team members. This position will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with occasional travel to field sites.

Responsibilities 
  • Plan and supervise survey implementation, quality assurance, data cleaning, data analysis and other activities related to rigorous impact evaluation implementation.
  • Ensure project adherence to the research design, sampling strategy, data management, research protocols, and 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 team, research staff, project stakeholders, and Principal Investigators;
  • Lead on-boarding and training on project and data management for incoming project research staff;
  • Promote inter-project best practices through formal and informal trainings;
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensuring smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems;
  • Manage relevant aspects of project timelines, project staff payroll, and project procurement;
  • Produce regular reports for donors, researchers and other stakeholders;
  • Attend regular meetings with and manage relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Support in the development of new projects
Qualifications 
  • Master’s in economics, international development, public policy or related fields;
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent project management, budgeting, and organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • A strong understanding of research methods and prior training/experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Proficiency in Stata or similar data analysis software and MS Office;
  • Creativity and intellectual curiosity in experimental methods;
  • Ability to find quick and effective solutions to unforeseen circumstances;
  • Flexible, independent, self-motivating, ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and work under pressure;
  • Ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment

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