Research Coordinator/Manager, Rwanda - IPA

Country:
  • Rwanda
Education:
  • Bachelor's
Start Date (Earliest):
Length of Commitment:
Two years

Research Coordinators manage a portfolio of about two to three projects and Research Managers about five projects. These projects include both research and project implementation components. They span a range of sectoral areas, such as finance, agriculture, health, education and gender issues. As part of their supervisory role, the Research Coordinator/Manager works closely with the country office to ensure effective support is provided to projects, and that projects are working within the relevant policies and procedures.  Research Coordinators/Managers are members of research management team; thus they play a role through contributions to country program development, project development, policy conversations as well as capacity building.

Responsibilities 
  • Keep the DCD/CD apprised of all developments on the projects in their portfolio, and serve as key link between the field office, project staff, and Principal Investigators
  • Ensure project adherence in the field to general research design, sample selection, data management and analysis, and overall project management
  • Oversee project financial management, including creation and monitoring of project budgets, and ensure smooth integration of projects into IPA financial systems
  • Work with field office staff to ensure sound human resource and operational management of projects
  • Directly supervise project research staff (Research Associates and Field Managers), and help with transitions, on-boarding of new research staff and maintaining “institutional memory” of project activities
  • Ensure that project deliverables, such as reports and financial statements, are submitted to donors and partners on time
  • 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

Support the DCD/CD in the development of new research studies in cooperation with principal investigators and partner organizations

Qualifications 
  • Master’s degree in related field, such as development economics, public policy, public health, or education policy
  • Up to two years of research or project management experience for a Research Coordinator and more than two years for a Research Manager
  • Strong budgeting and financial management skills; experience with writing donor reports and grant proposals
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required
  • Experience supervising data collection, teams of field workers, survey design and implementation and data management. Background in randomized control trials is strongly preferred
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies required; developing country experience required
  • Quantitative skills; working knowledge of Stata. Knowledge of other statistical packages such as SPSS or R are not required, but are a plus
  • An analytical mind, ability to interpret and organize data
  • Resourcefulness in coming up with solutions to new challenges, especially, in software and programming.
  • Commitment to this position for two years
  • Flexible and proactive work ethic with a demonstrated interest in the vision and mission of IPA

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced experience with data management
    • Demonstrated experience in cleaning large datasets.
    •  A good level of do-file literacy.
    •  Knowledge on how to increase code efficiency by using loops and macros.
    •  Demonstrated experience in using STATA in data visualization.
    • Familiarity with both linear and non-linear regression types and their appropriate usage.
    • A good level of understanding of statistical power.
  • Advanced experience with applied statistics
    • Familiarity with both linear and non-linear regression types and their appropriate usage.
    •  A good level of understanding of the statistical power concept.
  • Experience with electronic data collection platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to work with donors and/or partner organizations; experience with grants management
  • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including to non-research focused audiences, is preferred