Project Consultant

Other advanced degree
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
One year
Start Date 
August 01, 2017

The “Expanding Electricity Access” project seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Project Consultant. Together with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, we are investigating the barriers to household electricity connections, the determinants of demand among connected customers and heterogeneity in consumer types. We are also developing an RCT with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development (MEMD) to examine implications of different programs encouraging electricity connection take up and use. Specifically, the RCT will test the effects of varying connection and energy costs on take up of new connections, on targeting and on energy use. The principal investigators are Kelsey Jack (Tufts University), Molly Lipscomb (University of Virginia) and Gerald Banaga-Baingi (MEMD) and the project is being developed with support from the International Growth Centre (IGC).

The Project Consultant position offers the opportunity to engage with the Ministry of Energy to develop the collaboration between the Ministry and researchers, to collect and analyze data from electricity distribution companies, and to oversee the rollout of a large-scale field experiment. Key areas of involvement include: further developing the relationship with the Ministry and other project partners, cleaning and analyzing data, coordinating logistics and procedures for the RCT. This position is located in Kampala, Uganda, and may involve travel to additional sites throughout Uganda.

The Project Consultant will work closely with academic researchers, staff of the Ministry of Energy, and staff of electricity distribution companies. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Collaborating with the Ministry of Energy with the assistance of IGC staff and the PIs;
• Collecting and organizing data from electricity distribution companies;
• Cleaning and managing the resulting datasets;
• Assisting with analysis of data using STATA;
• Managing budgets, timelines, contract worker payroll, and procurement;
• Hiring, training and overseeing survey enumerators;
• Designing, programming and piloting household surveys;
• Ensuring adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits;
• Participating in meetings with key stakeholders and presenting research findings;
• Managing IRB/human subjects approvals and protocols;
• Managing reporting to project donors;
• Assisting with funding proposals; and
• Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications
• A bachelor's degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, or related fields. A master's degree is a plus;
• Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills;
• Experience living in a developing country, particularly in East Africa, is a strong plus;
• Familiarity with RCT protocols and data management;
• Fluency in English with strong communication skills;
• Knowledge of STATA is required and qualifying candidates will be tested in their STATA capabilities;
• Knowledge of R and of survey programming language (e.g., ODK) is a plus;
• Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player;
• Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations;
• Ugandans and other East African citizens are encouraged to apply.